Thanks for the kind words regarding my little Blondie dog. She's actually a poodle-maltese, but she looks bichon-y (so I got a more expensive dog for the price of a malti-poo. Not bad, I say!) She loves other puppies...like Mr. Winkle, her dreamy sweetheart.
As an aside, have you tried bookbinding your own journals? I started in December and now I'm addicted. There are some great books out there -- Handmade Journals by Marie Browning, for instance -- and I find using fabric so much easier than paper covered books. It would be a lot more work than covering pre-made ones, but you can customize the paper, end papers, and all that good stuff to exactly what you want. Talk about cool or what?
I sound like a zealot, trying to convert people to the wonderful world of bookbinding...but it is truly great fun!
Have you checked out your local dollar store? I was in a few today and couldn't believe how many journals and notebooks and all kinds of other spiral bound and hardbound books I saw there for a $1.00. Makes a bookbinder's fragile little heart want to break...sniff sniff. But that's where I'd start!
Hi all...I am on a mighty quest to find craft fairs or consignment shops that would take my handmade books, albums, scrapbooks, and journals. I know of the big ones around Christmas, but do we have anything any other time of the year? Has anyone been to any of the local flea markets? Are any of them craft friendly? Or does anyone know of any consignment shops?
I have been talking to scrapbooking shops about placing the albums, and I have started an ersatz online shop on my website, but I would like to find other outlets for my crafty stuff. I am pursuing information on farmers' markets -- I know the Fraser Valley is full of them in the summer -- but I haven't been able to visit the flea markets closer to the city.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. (As an aside, I am hoping to make a part of my site www.evenmonkeys.org a list of craft stores, markets, and fairs, so this information can be shared with others!)
Welcome to our fair city. Okay, let me try to offer some help. Where you want to live depends upon what you want to do. If you want to be near the city, New West is a great location because you can take the Skytrain into Vancouver. It is about 30 minutes by direct train, a lot further by bus. Vancouver is going to be expensive for apartments, so check out Burnaby, North Vancouver, West Vancouver (expensive again, but nice), and Richmond. Further out, you have Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Surrey (Surrey is near the train that goes directly to Vancouver, so it's more convenient.)
You might want to check out the local newspapers for information - vancouverprovince.com or vancouversun.com -- but they require registration for some things. As for work, I wouldn't count on coming here and getting work right away. I find that even the most mundate and poor paying jobs require two or three interviews. I'd check out the temp agencies before you come and see if you can arrange some things in advance. (I worked for a number of temp agencies a while back, so I can make a few suggestions...) You can check out the local papers for the area -- http://www.van.net/classified -- which are the local papers.
I don't want to make this too long, so if you want to e-mail me, I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. (sjbarclay(at)telus.net).
I found the fabric in Daiso -- it was a 30 x 45 cm pillowcase (I think it's on the top floor of the shop in Richmond.) A whopping $2.00 and I've made three books out of it so far!
It does open easily. I have a 1/4 to 1/2 crease (not sure of the right word) on the front cover, so it bends all the way back over the hinge. I am working on doing the front cover entirely in cloth so it can bend alllll the way back as desired.
The paper inside is cotton paper from Staples. Nothing too fancy, but feels great when I am writing on it. (I don't like handmade papers because it is hard to write on them. So I go for linen, cotton, and parchment-y type papers.) The inside papers (or end papers) are 12 x 12 paper from the scrapbooking store. One could use anything as paper -- even fabric for lining the inside -- and I am doing a larger version with sketch pad paper.
As for the black elastic, I confess I suck badly at design. I figure black and white go with everything...not always right. I'm questing for coloured elastics, but so far I only have pink, silver, and black. If anyone knows of a place to find nice elastic, I'd be eternally grateful.
Thanks for all your input! I am addicted to bookbinding and can't stop! I spend all my waking hours looking for paper, fabric, and ideas!
Have you ever heard of the show "Little Britain"? If not, there is a character named Daffyd, a welshman in a small village, who claims he is "the only gay in the village." It is beyond hilarious...mainly because the accent makes it really funny and he isn't the only gay. (It would appear the entire village is "out".) If you have heard of Daffyd, then this link might be useful. (Check out the wallpaper for pictures).
If you want more, there are some great fan sites out there.
You could do a "top 10 things men like" list, like they do in Cosmo, only with a different slant. I actually created my own "How to Make a Man Happy" list with things like...give him your ATM card and password and say "go to it!" Or you could make a "Is he the right guy for you?" quiz with all the answers being "yes".
You could look up some quotes from Stephen Fry about sexuality or quotes from Oscar Wilde (yeah, predictable, I know, but always worthy...) or Quentin Crisp. All three are usually quite witty and succinct. You could make him a page devoted to not so famous people, with smart alecky comments said people's lives. You could make him a page from each of you on what kind of partner you would think perfect for him (for instance, a guy with a great mullet or no teeth or a wonderfully hairy back, unless he prefers that). Suggestions from the women about what they like/don't like in men and what to watch out for when he's finding that "perfect man." Perhaps a "first date checklist" with warning and good signs -- he carries a gun in his sock, probably not a wise decision.
You have given me an idea for a new book....E-mail me if you wish! This sounds like fun, and incredibly supportive too!
I shall work on a tutorial this week. It's going to be a little long, but I'll add a few pictures. I am still having trouble lining up the holes (which is totally obvious to me now upon seeing the photos) and I need to find an alternative to book cloth, as it's getting expensive! Thanks for the kind words. It's the first time I've shared the journals with anyone outside of my family and I was a little nervous!
Hey all...I thought I would post a couple of pictures of journals I recently completed. (I started doing bookbinding as I was completely broke for Christmas, and now I'm addicted!)
It's a "green dots" journal, using pillow case material I found at Daiso (this cool Japanese store with everything priced at $2.00). It's 5.75 x 8.5 with cotton paper inside (not sure how many pages but at least 50) and an elastic to keep everything closed. I'm in love with this style, and wanted to share! (I would like to sell these in the near future, but have no idea as to price etc. as I've just been doing it for fun, but I've kind of journalled-out all my friends and family! Any suggestions?)
I've also posted my mini-sock monkey purse journal. Not sure how large it is -- 4.5 x 3.5 or something like that -- done with rings. I am hoping to do some original fabric ones as I've just learned how to print my own fabric, but I can't decide which photos to use as I have so many. I just know it's going to be a journal with my dog on it!
I've done up this style of journal in myriad fabrics -- some for my older relatives, some for my funky friends, and others just for the heck of it! I've used ribbon -- as you can see there -- but scrapbooking bolts and leather cord work well also. I have to go on a road trip so I can fill up my book!
Wow, those are just gorgeous. How did you connect the tapes securely to the covers? I find PVA sticks well but ruins the ribbons or doesn't stick and the ribbons look fine! Or did you attach the book through the end pages with the ribbons as decoration? Another question -- is this coptic bound? I am terrible at that stitch! Okay, now all inspired to do some binding today!
As for the actual planner, are you wanting to make the book or use a binder of some kind? I have taken to making my own books using bolts from the scrapbooking store. They allow me to stuff a book full of fun stuff, and I can add things by undoing said bolts. You can put them in the same configuration as your three hold punch!
Consider plastic binder inserts (clear foldery things). These are invaluable, and allow you to create a filing system for storage without having to go through all the various pages to get to another section.
I have tried a small organizer and found that the binder size was the best for me. It allows me to see two weeks at a glance, and it was very easy to print from Word or Lotus Organizer versus the smaller one.