hardcover journals & important dates

Unsurprisingly, it’s absolutely hectic in here. Orders flying out the door (thank you!!!!) and new books coming out of the press. There’ll be a roundup post of the Office Hours later, but first I need to get out of this survival mode!

If you want to treat yourself or someone you really like to a Paperiaarre paper treasure this Holiday season, please order by the date listed below:

United States and Canada - Dec 7th
Europe - Dec 13th
Finland - Dec 18th
Rest of the world - Dec 2nd

These dates are based on recommendations by the Finnish postal service, but there's no way to 100% guarantee delivery in time for Christmas if something completely out of the ordinary happens during the holiday rush, so, it's always best to order as early as possible! Thanks so much for your support! It means the world to me have you guys use my books as vessels for your ideas - genious or not!

If you’re after a hardcover journal or two, I’ve got plenty of new options available for you:

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These four books have beautiful print endpapers and 4mm dotted grid pages - perfect for bullet journaling. You can find them here.

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This purple and pink duo has lovely brush stroke print endpapers and blank pages. You can find them here.

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This turquoise one has tons of pages and some extraordinarily beautiful silver print endpapers. You can find it here.

Now I’m off to perform a deadline miracle of sorts - my #areyoubookenough project is still miles and miles away from finished. It’s actually only a hair beyond being just an idea, but I’m still fairly confident I can make it happen tonight!

new bullet journals

Instead of going on a quick getaway to Berlin this week I’ve been working extra hard to make up the time I spent sneezing and watching Netflix. Berlin will still be there later, I hope. The first lot of finished books is one of 6+1 long stitch bullet journals. Six books have off-white pages with a smaller 4 mm dotted grid whereas the lonely one has heavier bright white paper with a 5 mm dotted grid and a different sewing pattern on the spine.

I hate always being so early to mention how the holiday season is fast approaching, but Finland is so far away from most of you that I really must! For you guys living in countries not in Europe or North America it’s recommended you place your order as soon as possible and no later than November 22nd - the rest of you have a little more time, but it’s still a good idea to be early rather than to be late. And there’s always the issue of Paperiaarre items being unique and hence worth grabbing the moment you see something you fancy! So maybe treat yourself (or someone else) with a new bullet journal this week and get organized now instead of 2019? You can find these seven and all other available dotted grid notebooks in my shop through this link.

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Next on my to-do-list is attending a poetry event (as an audience member this time!), finishing a special book for an old friend, and finishing the covers for a small lot of notebooks with vintage bunny print endpapers. I should have them ready for you guys in a week or so!

bullet journals and #areyoubookenough gems

My artists' book didn't end up being the only book I bound in April. Yay me! I had started a trio of bullet journals for myself way back in March, but it took me over a month to put the covers together and sew the lot. For all of April I was dependent on notes and to-do lists scribbled on random post-its and backs of envelopes. Normally I rely on my bullet journal routine and get tons of stuff done, so maybe that's why I didn't manage to fit all that much bookbinding into my schedule...

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All that will change now, thanks to these long stitch bindings, with a custom printed dark purple 4 mm dotted grid on recycled kraft paper for pages (a smaller than usual grid as I have a smaller than usual handwriting). The yellow one is the first in line for me - already filled with a few months' worth of calendar markings and plans for new books. Larger kimono books are underway as well as some tiny sketchbooks with watercolour paper covers, which have been sadly out of stock for a long time.

Now that the first days of May have flown by, it's time to share my favourites books of the April #areyoubookenough bookbinding community challenge. Visit the instagram post below to click through to each book artist's profile and see more of their work!

The May theme for the challenge is 'Secret'. I look forward to seeing what people come up with - will there be writing in code, hidden compartments, or personal secrets revealed? I have a list of possible ideas, but I'm still miles away from actually deciding what to create.

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...

New books, at last!

And we're officially back in business!

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As you well know, I took a loooong break from bookbinding this summer. While my days were filled with exciting things like writing, apartment hunting, renovations, etc., bookbinding was something I sorely missed in my daily life. The new workspace has now been put into use at last, and you can find four new books in the Paperiaarre shop.

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Each book has 96 bright white fairly heavy-weight pages with light grey 5 mm dotted grid, making them perfect for bullet journal use, or for anyone who likes their books with a bit of a visual aid instead of blank pages. I personally find dots less distracting and more practical than lined pages.

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As always, these books are all one of a kind. Only one book in each colour was made, and once a colour has sold out, it's gone. So, you know what to do if you find yourself having an instant favourite!