coptic bound bullet journal

Coptic bound bullet journal in grey linen by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com One of my pre-holiday season projects is to stock up on bullet journals. In most of us the new year always brings out the need to be more organized, and bullet journals are quite possibly the most fashionable way to tackle the task. The bullet journal boom shows no signs of fading, and it's no wonder! I've never been good at using a calendar of any sort and my time-management skills aren't the greatest by any standard, but somehow using a bullet journal has become like a second nature to me, and I get tons of things done these days!

Coptic bound bullet journal in grey linen by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

This bullet journal is covered with grey linen and sewn with grey linen thread. And just for interest's sake I crossed the stitches that extend to the covers

Coptic bound bullet journal in grey linen by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

The pages have a grey 5mm dotted grid that's a great guide for handwriting, and for drawing layouts should you choose to stray away from the most minimalistic approach! It also doesn't distract you like lines do, if you like to doodle as well as write on your notebook.

Coptic bound bullet journal in grey linen by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

This book will be listed on Etsy once I return from my trip to London, but you can also contact me directly if you're interested!

Tallenna

white embroidered guest book

white embroidered Coptic bound guest book by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com Unique wedding guest books are one of my most popular items and it's always a delight to come up with new ones. I had a quiet week, mostly spent it in bed with a cold and lots of time to plan new book projects. So, as soon as I was able to get back to the studio (so very far at the opposite end of the apartment) I got to work on this white beauty.

white embroidered Coptic bound guest book by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

About a week ago my mother-in-law stopped by for book shopping, and I was reminded of one all time favourite of mine she'd bought from me some years ago. It's often my inspiration, even though it can never be reproduced.

Floral journal made from a repurposed vintage tablecloth. Handmade by Kaija Rantakari, 2014 / paperiaarre.com

This book was made using a colourful family heirloom antique tablecloth that had gotten partially torn and ruined. I still have the ruined half waiting for me to find a way to repurpose it. Ever since finishing this first floral book I've been on the lookout for beautiful tablecloths to turn into books. Last week I got lucky and this beautiful white-on-white tablecloth fell on my path.

white embroidered Coptic bound guest book by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

15,8x15,2x1,5cm / 6.2"x6"x0.6"

All four corners have pretty floral embroidery, so, I expect three more books out of this one later on - each one unique. I've yet to decide on the structures for the rest, but this Coptic one is absolutely ideal for wedding guest book use as it stays open on its own and people won't have to look for the right page to sign.

white embroidered Coptic bound guest book by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

The sheen of the satin stitch on this piece is such a lovely detail and I never tire of the look of Coptic stitching on a spine... I hope to have this available in my shop later this week. You can also contact me for enquiries as always.

I hope you all have a great Thursday! I'll see you here on Saturday when I'm once again sharing some of my vintage accumulations with you!

autumnal coptic trio

autumnal coptic bound notebook trio by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com Trios are great. I really enjoy making just about anything in threes! This week I whipped together this trio of small Coptic bound notebooks in autumnal colours. "Whipped together" is naturally a serious understatement. Even after over 10 years of making Coptic bound books, it still takes a good while to put one together. Practice does make everything quicker and more efficient, but I still spent almost all of Tuesday evening just sewing these books. Luckily I was kept company by several episodes of a document series about British castles! Yet another thing to build up my London mood...

autumnal coptic bound notebook trio by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

I don't usually travel all the time, but it didn't take me a week after coming back from Florence to start planning a trip to London next month. A serious mood booster was needed. I'll be traveling solo for the first time in six years, and I can't wait to wander around with only my own hunger and feet to consider. As much as I love traveling with V, it's still great to get to travel alone this time. I plan on hoarding both paper and vintage finds, so this trip should serve as a work inspiration for a good long while.

autumnal coptic bound notebook trio by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

In many ways making these three books was a back-to-the-basics thing to me. These are my classics. The minimalistic design makes these super easy to gift, but they're still unlike any book you can find at your usual notebook shopping location. I've never grown tired of making these solid colour linen Coptics, and I doubt I ever will. I should make a London journal, and I just might make myself one like this. If you'd like to own one of these three, you can now find them in my shop. Also just listed is the collage I shared on Monday. I hope everything finds a good home soon!