soft cover bullet journals

I have made books. Still miles away from feeling 100%, but I have made books. Sewn boards binding paired with dotted grid pages makes for some elegant and totally one of a kind bullet journals. If you're interested in giving one of these a home, or just like to see all the details, check them out in the Paperiaarre shop.

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I like to make the dotted grid pattern pretty light compared to any of the commercially made dotted grid notebooks I've seen - just like the lines on a lined paper the dotted grid is supposed to act as a guide for whatever you put on the page, not take the center stage. This light gray dot grid lets your work stand out and doesn't distract you visually.

My very own bullet journal is still a work in progress. Lying in bed for almost a week doesn't help when you've got tons of ideas and things to do. I'm still hopeful I can finish my artists' book of the month in time, even though I'm very quickly running out of days - it only needs a case and then it's ready for photos. But as usual, I'm not going for the simplest solution...

maps in progress

My #areyoubookenough project is coming together slow and steady. A cold put a stop to my other bookbinding plans this week, but maybe that means I’ll have more to show next week if I manage to finish all that is currently on hold. Today I’m staying in bed watching bad TV and sketching whatever maps my artists’ book is still missing. Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been up to so far - the rest will have to wait until the end of the month (which is, like, almost tomorrow but not quite).

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Memories of a city and its maps + reflections. 

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Nordic Bookbinding 2018 exhibition

I can finally reveal a book I made was selected as one of the books that received an honorary mention in the Nordic Bookbinding 2018 exhibition! Yay!

Way back in 2017 I made this binding of Ontto harmaa by Olli-Pekka Tennilä. It's a sewn boards binding with typewritten linen covers and leather details. The inspiration for using binary code on the covers came from a repeating theme of ones and zeros in the poems. You can see and read more in this blog post I wrote just after I finished this binding.

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The exhibition will tour the Nordic countries in 2018-2019 and it opened at the National Library of Finland a couple of weeks ago, along with an exhibition of beautiful old books from the library's collection. Last week I took my girlfriends to see the exhibition and took a bunch of photos to share with you guys.

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Photographing things inside display cases is always a pain, but I did my best. Today I'm sharing some of my favourites - still, it's always a better idea to go see the exhibition in person and see also the pieces I liked a lot, but couldn't get a decent photo of.

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Erik Haagensen, Norway

Erik Haagensen: VINDUER
Quarter bound case binding

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Gert Hansen, Denmark

Soeur Claire-Elisabeth, Bruno Rotival: RELIER. ART ET SPIRITUALITÉ
Full leather binding, open joint

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Malene Lerager, Denmark

Malene Lerager: MODERMÆRKER
Cowork with writer Lene Harbo and goldsmith Janne Krooh Hansen
Full leather binding, closed joint, blind tooling and golden nugget

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Elina Lundahl, Finland

Elina Lundahl: LOPUTON VAIKEUS
Artist book

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Lone Gertz, Denmark

Wiik Hansen: WIIG HANSEN 25 TEGNINGER
Full leather binding, closed joint

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If you're in the vicinity, do make your way to the National Library cellar gallery! The Nordic Bookbinding 2018 exhibition will be on show until mid-May.

so many colours!

Apparently I'm still keeping things tiny! Or at least pocket-size!

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This week I finished 18 tiny notebooks while watching the Oscars (fyi, Call Me by Your Name was my favourite film of the year). I didn't think I'd have bookcloth in 18 different colours, but somewhat surprisingly I do. And a bunch of browns, greys and pinks that come in even more shades than the ones I used, too. I don't buy large quantities of bookcloth, so I can have both variety and room to walk around in my home, but I was still slightly shocked what emerged as I started to unroll my stash of bookcloth...

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This dark purple is one of my personal favourites (just got some more from Zelluloos), but I do like them all, especially when they're all together. Still, I'm glad when they soon start making their way to different corners of the world. If you want one, they're now in the shop just waiting for you to pick your favourite(s).

Next week I'll be hard at work with my poetry book, so instead of binding new books and sharing them here I'm going to show you a little peek of the Nordic Bookbinding 2018 exhibition currently on show at the National Library of Finland. It really is worth a visit if you're close by!

some tiny #areyoubookenough favourites

One very important part of the monthly #areyoubookenough artists' book challenge is the feeling of being a part of a creative community. It's not just about getting something done, or about making the best work - it's a lot about support and sharing. We always pick nine books we especially liked and share those on Instagram, but I also want to share some here, as I know not everyone ventures out into the social media and I don't want you to miss out on all the fun.

The creators of the above books are tagged on the photo - not sure if they're visible and clickable for you here, but do check them out through this image on Instagram. Here are a couple of my favourite tiny books in a size you can actually see:

The February theme Tiny was an excellent one! People mostly worked on tiny, tiny projects, which meant experimenting was super easy. Larger books tend to be more time consuming (though you can spend sooooo much time on a tiny book, too!) and it's always a bit scary to try out something new when there's a risk of ruining your precious and possibly expensive materials. This month we had over 100 entries for the #areyoubookenough challenge and I was so pleased to see a huge variety of techniques and many levels of tiny. I hope the March theme Mapped is embraced with equal enthusiasm! I have my plans for the theme, but we'll see how they pan out later in the month...