so many colours!

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


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...


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!

a tiny dozen of notebooks

...just in time for the season when you need to find what seems like a million tiny presents.


These little books measure only 7,9x11,1x0,9cm / 3.1"x4.4"x0.4" and they have 62 pages of off-white drawing paper suitable for most pens, pencils and dry media. That means they'll fit into anyone's pocket and suit pretty much anyone's needs - notes, scribbles, sketches, travel journal entries... I made each of the twelve books a different colour, so the fastest one out there also has the chance to buy the whole lot and have a different book for each month of the year.


The most frequent concern people seem to have with handmade books is that their ideas aren't fancy enough for such fancy books, or that they have such ugly handwriting it doesn't belong in a pretty book. These books are super super simple and plain, and as such a very easy way to ease into the pleasures of using a carefully crafted notebook instead of those factory made ones you can barely get to open without cracking the spine. Also, I think giving someone a beautiful handmade notebook as a gift signals that you value their thoughts highly enough to think they should be in a pretty book. And you don't need to break the bank to get one of these either... Find the whole lot in the shop now.


Holiday season plans are in full action here. Origami stars are taking over my days as well as a certain recurring matchbox related project I'm pretty excited about. What does your November look like? I hope it's not as dark and busy as mine!

New books, at last!

And we're officially back in business!


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.


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.


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!

a whole lot of bullet journals

handmade bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari / I had a super productive start for this week and finished not only the planned case bound bullet journal lot but eight long stitch bullet journals as well! Despite a steady flow of orders I'm still making these dotted grid notebooks in very limited lots and with planned variations from lot to lot - so, if you find a book you like, I suggest you grab it quick before it's gone! This time the notebooks are all one offs. Not making multiples keeps me entertained and guarantees your book is as unique as you!

handmade bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari /

Small and large case bound notebooks, both with 96 pages. (My least favourite part about working with book cloth: getting that moiré effect on photos from the weft and weave of the cloth. In reality the book cloth is really nice and solid coloured.)

handmade bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari /

Large long stitch bullet journals with either 72 or 120 pages. These open exceptionally well, so they're really nice to use.

handmade bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari /

All of the above books can now be found in my shop's bullet journal section, where there are lots of other books with dotted grid pages, too. Some even come with linen drawstring pouches for protection!

This week my studio is freezing cold, so I need to stay active and bounce from project to project, and occasionally I just migrate to the living room and enjoy Netflix marathons with V. while folding some origami stars for you! We had -9°C temperatures already and snow on the ground, but we expect autumn to return next week. A part of me hopes for some warmer weather for warmer hands...