Friday, 25 December 2009

Merry Christmas from BEST

Merry Christmas to you if you are celebrating today!

Top (l-r): mylanderbooks, KupoKiley, LizzieMade
Middle (l-r): susanholland, CinderLisaDesign, BethR99
Bottom (l-r): anticovalore, moonlightbindery, UsefulBooks

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Book Swap #9 - OliveArt

Kristi, of, sent us this journal for the book swap. She has used a variety of business envelope security patterns to create the covers by cutting the patterns into strips and arranging them on the book board. She has also wrapped each signature with strips cut from envelopes so the exposed spine also displays similar patterns. The journal is bound using a chain stitch, sewn with red thread. There are also some envelopes used inside the book for the first page and as the endpapers on the inside of each cover.

Visit to see more of Kristi's work.

See all the books from Book Swap #9.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Book Swap #9 - TheCraftyKitten

Our next swap book is from Cassie, known on Etsy as TheCraftyKitten. She made this square format journal using a chain stitch binding sewn with dark blue thread, and the front and back are covered with some pretty blue floral paper.

Visit to see more of Cassie's books.

See all the books from Book Swap #9.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Book Swap #9 - MyHandboundBooks

This two-sided album was made for the book swap by Rhonda of MyHandboundBooks. This book opens in two directions, bound on each end using the classic Japanese yotsume toji 4-hole stab binding. There are black card stock pages and it is lined on the inside with Japanese paper. On the outside, there are two colours of soft sheepskin leather inlaid on the covers and a little brass hasp in the centre.

Check out for more of Rhonda's books.

See all the books from Book Swap #9.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Book Swap #9 - Surfbunny

Duane, of, sent us this 'Ladybug Ladybug' notebook for the book swap. It is bound with a Japanese stab binding, using the hemp leaf variation as described by Kojiro Ikegami. The cover is a sandwich of Thai batik, Tyvek, and silk endpapers. The textblock is 50lb sketch paper.

Check out Surfbunny on Etsy to see more of Duane's books.

See all the books from Book Swap #9.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Book Swap #9 - Anticovalore

Made by Simona, known on Etsy as Antico Valore, our next swap book comes inside a special purse! Simona crocheted the purse using organic natural hemp thread and then added some organic colored hemp for the closure. Fitting perfectly inside is a notebook made entirely with recycled brown paper.

Visit to see more of Simona's work.

See all the books from Book Swap #9.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Book Swap #9 - Yatsu

Next up in this group of swap books, is this book from Meredeth, known alternately as yatsu or notubóc, etc. Meredeth backed this pretty cotton cloth with fusible web and tissue to make book cloth, then used it on this case-bound book. The textblock is made using Strathmore's children's drawing paper.

Check out Meredeth's Etsy shop to see more of her work.

See all the books from Book Swap #9.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Book Swap #9 - PurpleBeanBindery

The first swap book that we will look at more closely is this one from Anna, of PurpleBeanBindery. She said that when she made this book, she was trying to design a journal that would not be intimidating to write in. This chunky journal with the button-hole binding was the result. It has a page for every day with monthly dividers made from a variety of decorative papers.

Visit to see more of Anna's books.

See all the books from Book Swap #9.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Book Swap #9 - Preview

Thanks to all who participated in our most recent book swap! The swapping is complete and your new books are en route. We had seven participants this time, from three different countries. Here's a quick preview of the books; more detail will be posted about each book over the next few days.

Participants in this swap:

The next swap will happen in the new year, stay tuned for details!

Sunday, 13 December 2009


Here's a little inspiration for book artists and book lovers, and for those who just like surprises!

Patience from Glowing Heads on Vimeo.

Randi Parkhurst, paper artist and bookmaker demonstrates her creation, PATIENCE. Film produced by Glowing Heads. Original music provided by Laura Inserra.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Blog Interview: Moonlightbindery

Hello and welcome to another blog interview here on the BEST blog. I had the pleasure to interview our team member
Katie Wagner from Moonlight Bindery.
If you want to meet her in person you have to go to Alexandria, VA in the metro Washington, D.C. area.

"Moonlight Bindery", what a romantic name. Can you explain why you picked it?
I work as a book conservator in private practice by day and a bookbinder at night.

That sounds like a life full of books.
Yes, all my jobs revolve around books. I have worked as a librarian, book conservator and bookbinder. I have a degree in Library Science and am bench trained as a book conservator. I trained with Tom Albro, former Head of Conservation at the Library of Congress. I have Professional Associate status with the American Institute for Conservation.
I am also an avid reader (go figure) and am active in a very fun, very D.C. book club.

Could you walk us through your typical workday?
I wake up at 6:30 and rush around getting the kids up, fed and to the school bus by 7:15. After that I have my coffee and read The Washington Post for about 20 minutes then I head down to my studio. I usually work until around 1:00 then am off to the Post Office to mail Etsy orders. Then it is back home for a quick lunch and then I pick the kids up at 2:30. After dinner and the bedtime ritual I sew my books made from LEGO® base plates while watching Tatort or SOKO Wien with my German husband.

How and when did crafting and bookmaking come into your life?
I checked out a book from my college library, Bernard Middelton's The Restoration of Leather Bindings, and was fascinated. After graduation I moved home to D.C. and found a class at the Smithsonian on bookbinding and a job at a bookbinding supply store.

Tell us a little more about your shop and your crafting: What do you make and sell?
I love making things from materials that fascinate me whether that is paper made from kiwi seeds, hand marbled paper, LEGO® pieces, or chalkboard cloth. I make travel journals, photo albums, wine journals and print designs (with my Gocco printer) on Moleskines®.

Many of my books are case bound (and thus look like what people usually have in mind when they think of books). I enjoy combining different papers and cloth for different effects.

For my books made from LEGO® pieces I do a Coptic binding which has an exposed sewing on the spine. It is relaxing for me after a long day to sew these colorful books. I always have a smile on my face when I make them!

I find inspiration in paper stores, fabric stores, my kids toy bins. I'm always looking and thinking of new ideas. I have too many ideas and too little time.

What part of the process of making a book do you like best? And why?
Choosing the materials of a case bound book appeals to me. Mixing and matching paper and cloth until I reach the desired effect is so much fun. With the Coptic bound books the actual sewing is my favorite part.

Which of your books do you treasure the most?
I have a journal I made with some paper handmade by Timothy Barrett that I did in the Langstitch/Kettenstitch style. It is not for sale. I have this wonderful paper in blue and white and plan on making a volume II in white soon...

What's the most challenging part of your crafting?
Time management! It is so easy to be distracted working from home. There is always something pulling you away.

Do you have special plans for your crafting and your shop for the future?
I have some new products I hope to have out in the spring - cool one of a kind journals that will incorporate some of the piles of vintage images I have collected over the years. I want to try and snag a BUST Magazine ad through Etsy next year. They are hard to get but I have been a long term reader of BUST and think my work fits with their readership.

That sounds promising! Thank you for taking your time for this interview.

If you missed the link above: Find the Moonlight Bindery here and have a closer look at all her inventive, professionally made books.

Monday, 7 December 2009

B.E.S.T. Holiday Event Winners

The moment you've all been waiting for! Drum roll, please!

And the winners are....
Rusty Charm

Susan C.


and Daniel K.

CONGRATULATIONS on your winnings!
You'll be contacted soon.

A hearty THANK YOU goes out to all of our patrons. We appreciate you!

Follow this link to the original Holiday Event post to revisit all of our participants!

Friday, 4 December 2009

Prizes Four & Five: Gift Certificates

You've seen prizes One, Two, and Three, but that's not all! Your entries are also eligible for gift certificates that can be spent in any of the participating shops. Not one, but TWO $30 Gift Certificates are available!

The two shops listed below contributed to our gift certificates;

BookWraps is a new shop full of journals, book covers, and portfolios that are beautifully hand-sewn. Take a peek at the shop to see all of her lovely fabric designs.

B├╝chertiger's shop is a great place to find well crafted handbound journals, note books, and holiday cards. You'll soon discover that her store is a delight to explore!

Our BEST Holiday Book Event ends tomorrow, and the five lucky winners will be announced on Monday the 7th. A reminder of how this works;
For every $10 you spend in participating shops, until Dec 5th your name will be added to the drawing. For example, if you purchase something for $50 your name goes in 5 times! If you put "BEST Holiday" in the note to seller box then you can have an extra ticket in the drawing!

Happy Shopping and Good Luck!! To see a list of all participating shops, visit the main post about the BEST Holiday Book Event! Also visit the pages for Prizes One, Two, and Three to watch videos of all of the fantastic items that could be sent to your mailbox next week!

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Prize Three

Here are the wonderful items (that could be yours) currently known as Prize Three.

B.E.S.T. Holiday 2009 - Three

A coptic bound book featuring black and copper paper and a fabric gift bag was donated to this prize package by ParksideHarmony. View the other fun holiday books in her shop.

Prize Three also includes a remarkably crafted journal by BooksByStephen. It features a vintage postcard on blue bookcloth, you can see other books similar in style in his Etsy shop.

There are also ribbon flowers by
Lizziemade. You could use them in scrapbooking, cards or even as a bookmark :) See more in her shop.

Next is a hardbound pamphlet book by MyHandboundBooks. She carries more of this style of book in her shop.

included 3 beautiful gift cards made with beautiful Italian paper. See more fun paper items in her shop.

A little lavender leather book by KarleighJae, perfect for your pocket. See other leather books and pocket size books in her Etsy shop.

Next is a longstitch journal by LadyArtisan. It features a thread handle and flower beads on the cover. LadyArtisan likes to add beautiful and interesting things to the covers of her books as seen in her shop.

KupoKiley contributed a Star Book to Prize Three. She has more star books in her shop.

The ninth item in Prize Three is a small soft felt book by CinderLisaDesign that could also be yours! You can even slide a pen into the front like this book in her shop.

Make sure to check out Prize One and Prize Two as well! To see a list of all participating shops see the main post about the B.E.S.T Holiday Book Event!

Prize Two

View the details of Prize Two Below featuring great items from 9 different Etsy Shops!

Details of the participating shops that have donated to Prize Two in the B.E.S.T Holiday Book Event are as follows!

We'll start with Re:Paper's awesome chutes and ladders coptic bound book. She has other exposed spine books in her shop.

Next is volume i of mouth watering recipes by NatalieAsIs. You can find volume i and volume ii in her shop.

Prize Two also includes an amazing Christmas scene book with beautiful edge stitching and plenty of pages handmade by Notuboc who has some wonderful unique books in her shop.

Next is a beautiful and fun star book contributed by KupoKiley. She has more star books in her shop! I think it would be fun to write holiday traditions or memories on them before placing them on the tree. :)

Also included is a lovely coptic bound book by BoomBoxBindery. You can see more of her beautiful craftsmanship with items in her shop.

Next is a set of 10 Vintage Matchbook Notebooks perfect for stocking stuffers by KarleighJae. See more of these sets in her shop.

Weebindery contributed a lovely holly berry book to Prize Two. If you love this book, check out her shop!

Next is a triangle accordion book from PrairiePeasant. She has other fun shaped items in her shop.

To top off Prize Two, FlurrSprite included beautiful silvery frost earrings. Among the earrings in her shop, she also has some amazing books!

To see a list of all participating shops and details of how to win Prize Two (and other prizes) see the main post here about the B.E.S.T Holiday Book Event!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Prize One

The B.E.S.T Holiday Book Event has some great prizes. This is the first batch! Some lucky winner will win all the prizes shown below. Prize One consists of prizes from 9 participating shops!

Here are the shops that donated to this prize package along with a brief description of the item:

We'll start with a Christmas Ornament Book with Tags by Lizziemade. She has more of these mini album scrapbooks in her shop.

Next is a set of 10 Vintage Matchbook Notebooks perfect for stocking stuffers by KarleighJae.

Volume ii of scrumptious cupcake recipes by NatalieAsIs. You can find volume i and volume ii in her shop.

Next is a lovely Coptic Bound Box Book by OliveArt. She has other books with paste paper and books made in the same box style in her Etsy Shop.

Also included in Prize One are these lovely Book Earrings by Anticovalore. They're made with parchment and old pages from a xix book. Check out the other book earrings in her shop.

AnagramForInk donated this luxurious little cream book with brown paper, a book marker and a card w/envelope. There are other small books to explore in her shop.

Next is Badonhill's leather longstitch wrap around book with snap closure. You can see a variety of book related items in her shop.

Yes, there's still more in Prize One!

A pink and green flowers coptic book with a beaded spine by BookGirlsStudio. She has a variety of other beaded books!

UsefulBooks contributed her Upcycled "Just for Fun" Book with a fun assortment of papers. You can see other reinvented journals browsing her shop.

See the video for a view of all these spectacular items.

To see a list of all participating shops and details of how to win Prize One (and other prizes) see the main post here about the B.E.S.T Holiday Book Event!

Thursday, 26 November 2009

The B.E.S.T. Holiday Book Event!

The BEST Holiday Book Event is being held Nov 27th - Dec 5th.

If you purchase books from participating shops during this time, you have a chance to win prizes from BEST team members and gift certificates to participating shops!

A drawing will be held with the winners announced December 7th here on the BEST Team Blog.

For every $10 you spend in participating shops, between Nov 27th - Dec 5th your name will be added to the drawing. For example, if you purchase something for $50 your name goes in 5 times! If you put "BEST Holiday" in the note to seller box then you can have an extra ticket in the drawing!

Here is a list of the participating shops:


Three Gift baskets, each with 9 great prizes, will be given to three winners! Click the picture below to see all of the prizes. The separate baskets will be highlighted in three different posts on Monday-Wednesday.

You could also win one of two $30 Gift Certificates to the participating shops above!

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Thankful Books

This post is coinciding with the American Thanksgiving holiday this week, although all around the world we are thankful for many blessings in our lives.

If you need a special book to remember your blessings, elvie studio has just the right one: Count Your Blessings journal:

Is there someone special you are especially grateful for? Consider a personalized journal from AlternativeJournals: Your name personalized journal:

What words do you want others to remember you by? Mylanderbooks has this Words to live by journal:

Are you celebrating a special event for which you are thankful? PurplebeanBindery has this brilliant Asian Garden Party Accordion Guestbook with removable pages so guests can easily record their thoughts:

And finally, are you thankful for enough food on the table? Here is Anticovalore's The slow food little journal:

Friday, 20 November 2009

Blog Interview: Flurrsprite


Company/Etsy Site:


los angeles, ca

How long has your Etsy shop been open?
2 1/2 years

How did you get into crafting? in general?
hmm... my mom is pretty crafty, and i've always enjoyed art. i think it's just always been present in my life :)

How did Etsy come into your life?
i think i was journal shopping one day and came across a link to etsy... i'd seen it before but this time i decided to go to the site, and fell in love with all the awesome handmade goodies here!

What was your involvement in the crafting world before stumbling upon Etsy?
i'd never really attempted to make anything besides the occasional present or something, but i was introduced to bookbinding right before etsy and the timing felt perfect!

Do you have a day job?
several.. hah! nah, right now i'm in l.a. to pursue a career in film production, in the art department, so far. it demands a lot of time which doesn't always work with my imaginary etsy schedule, but hey! better to want to do too much than nothing at all, right? wait, i'm not sure that makes sense... anyway!

Tell us about your shop: Does anyone help you?
just lil ol' me!

What advice would you give to newbies on Etsy or in the crafting world?
take a look around, explore the whole site... there's so much fun stuff going on that you can always get new ideas for how to run your shop, etc. people are very helpful and caring here! of course, it helps if you actively make new items for your shop as often as possible, something i've been neglecting to do ;) it really does make a difference, i think!

What's the most challenging part of your crafting?
tiiiiiiiiiiiime! time time time. and time.

Do you show your work locally?
not unless my house counts :)

Famous last words?

How did you get interested in bookmaking?
found a journal where someone displayed a book they had made and the tutorial for it...... loved the idea and tried it out. never looked back!

How long have you been crafting?
Bookmaking? forever, and about 2 1/2 years?

What is your favorite stitch/technique?
pfft. favorites. haha nah maybe coptic? it just looks so neat. of course, i don't really know many stitches, but i hope to rectify that soon!

What is the one tool or supply that you couldn't live without?
my awl. i used this ghetto mini awl thing for so long and it killed my fingers... love my talas awl.

Materials you use for your books?
bookboard, cardstock, linen thread, pva, leather, bookcloth, etc etc

What inspires you?
strange little things around me. i'm an odd sort of person.

Who is your crafting hero?
my mommmy :)

Guilty pleasure?
are we talking about ice cream and pie here, or in the crafting world? ;)

Friday, 13 November 2009

Blog Interview: KandiceInWonderland

Company/Etsy Site:


How long has your Etsy shop been open?
Since November 2008

How did you get into crafting?
I’ve always enjoyed creating various things, but have done more and more with bookmaking over the past few years.

How did Etsy come into your life?
An ebay seller (may have been poetsummer) had a link to her etsy store that I followed - loved the idea of the site right away.

What was your involvement in the crafting world before stumbling upon Etsy?
For many years I’ve made one-of-a-kind books for friends, usually to celebrate a particular special event, or sometimes to commemorate a lost pet or loved one. However, most of my creative energy went into my classical singing/teaching/performing career as well as flower gardening until 2000 when severe M.E. and congestive heart failure put a halt to anything very physical. Little by little I turned toward book projects, keeping them simple to allow for my limited veritcality, but looking for ways to keep them as creative as possible. My BonnyBrooch&ButtonBooks line has been a fun creation, and a way to make more general books while still having each be unique.

Tell us about your shop: Does anyone help you?
It’s all my baby. I love that there is so much shop-keeping that can be done in bed on my laptop. When I can be up I make books a little at a time, then photograph them. Then I can spend time writing the poems and prose descriptions for each book that I include in each listing during the many hours my heart requires me to be horizontal. I also do all of my researching/photoshopping of public domain images and poetry for my Dates to Remember books when I’m bedridden, which is wonderfully engaging.

What advice would you give to newbies on Etsy or in the crafting world?
Make something that you love!

What's the most challenging part of your crafting?
I would love to have more vertical time. If my health ever allowed it would be fun to take a book-making class and experiment with making more of my own materials.

Do you show your work locally?
A beautiful little local shop carries a few of my books

Famous last words?
It’s the wrong trousers! (Wallace & Gromit); I don’t think that word means what you think it means . . . (Princess Bride); No one expects the Spanish Inquisition! (Monty Python)

How did you get interested in bookmaking?
I’ve always loved beautiful books, especially one-of-a-kind books, and volumes of poetry and art. One of the first books I made was a compilation of my nephew’s poetry which I illustrated with collaged images, followed by a book for a friend about birds (her favorite subject), full of illustrations and poetry that I hand-lettered, and bound with some ribbon that had been her mothers.

How long have you been crafting? Bookmaking?
I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t engaged in some sort of creative endeavor, from sewing to sketching, designing gardens to designing music program covers and posters. I suppose my love of poetry which blossomed more throughout my years of singing settings of poems lended itself naturally to wanting to somehow bind the words and essential feeling of a poetic experience, if that makes any sense. Romantic, quirky, provocative, whimsical, awe-inspiring - I love the idea of embracing many different moods and somehow capturing or expressing one of them in a book.

What is your favorite stitch/technique?
For now, I make accordion books and little hardcover books with one hand-sewn signature.

What is the one tool or supply that you couldn't live without?
My papercutter. Also my “awl” my husband made for me of a large needle secured in an exacto-knife handle.

Materials you use for your books?
Various papers, from heavy cotton printmaking paper, to scrapbooking and Etal metal infused paper, to handmade and Japanese papers, etc; bookboard, PVA glue, silk, velvet, satin, chiffon, grosgrain, and hand-dyed ribbon and fabric, antique and vintage buttons and brooches, shells and found objects

What inspires you?
Birdsong, moving words, humor, great souls, fragrant flowers, rich textures, scientific breakthroughs, transcendent music, tolerance, paint strokes, fresh fruit, old photographs, generosity, the sea, the joy of witnessing the wide variety of creative expression all around me

Who is your crafting hero?
Not technically “crafters”, but, Claude Monet for his gardens, Vincent Van Gogh for his valor as much as his viscerally beautiful work, and Beatrice Wood for her joie de vivre and continual engagement with her craft.

Guilty pleasure?
I love eating simple, whole foods . . . but every once-in-awhile I crave creamy frosting flowers from a cheap-trashy-grocery-store birthday cake!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

An Abecedarian of BEST members: the catch up post!

Today we will complete our Abecedarian series with an introduction to members who were missed when their letter came up in previous posts in the series.

In an effort to try to find out how everything is done Debbie of ALineofHerOwn is trying to learn something about everything, including book making. I think it’s working. Beaded Spine Leather Journal or Sketchbook:

Deanna of BadonHill notes her designs strive to echo the style and culture of Arthur’s era as well as the rest of the middle ages. Chaucer's Little Proverb - Mini Brown Leather Journal/Sketchbook:

Beth of BethR99 notes that computers will crash, be hacked into, printers will run out of ink, but no one can touch your journal! Firefly Notebook / journal:

Monica at BoomBoxBindery loves working with her hands and finds bookbinding offers the perfect balance of her favourite tactile things. She gets to work with paper, cloth, leather, board, thread & needle, gold leaf, graphite, the list goes on and on! Red and Mustard Geometric Book Pendant:

Hilke at buechertiger loves to experiment with paper, colours and bindings and tries to give a modern and clever turn to traditional styles. Medieval Style Leather Journal with Fleece Lining and Spine Stitching:

Lisa of CinderLisaDesign is a Young Adult writer passing the downtime by making journals and notebooks. White on Red Button Journal:

Surfbunny is bravely exploring the world outside of his warren. Look at this a clever toggle clasp on this Dearest Nearest to Your Head and Heart - mini journal necklace:

Friday, 6 November 2009

Blog Interview: Badon Hill


Company/Etsy Site:

Not yet. Blog: Alas, no. But, some day soon...

I live just outside of the wonderful city of St. Louis, Missouri, in the U.S. of A.

How long has your Etsy shop been open?
Since July 15, 2009.

How did you get into crafting?
Well, my family is not a particularly "crafty" one, but my grandpa liked to draw and has passed those genes on to my siblings and I. We have all liked to draw and be creative, in general, for as long as I can remember. So, I guess it was in the genes. I am still a regular artist (painting, drawing, etc.) as well, and try to sell some of that work too.

How did Etsy come into your life?
I found Etsy by accident when I was searching the internet for an interesting picture of a circuit board, which I was going to use as inspiration for my art class homework. I found the shop of a seller who makes jewelry from circuit boards, which I thought was interesting, but did not look around at the rest of the site at all. I forgot about it until a few weeks later when someone was talking about good medieval furniture and someone suggested a man who sells his work on Etsy. This intruiged me, and I actually explored the site that time.

What was your involvement in the crafting world before stumbling upon Etsy?
Other than making a few clumsy things to give or sell to friends, entering things in the County Fair through 4-H, and attending several craft fairs a year, I was not involved in the crafting community before I found Etsy.

Do you have a day job?
Nope. I'm a student.

Tell us about your shop: Does anyone help you?
Since I am so new to the world of crafting and selling "professionally," I am on my own with it. I wouldn't know what to do with a helper at this point. I don't even have a real workshop. I just have a crowded corner of a room with a desk and some baskets and boxes piled with supplies, which has to be spread out for me to use it. But it works just fine for me.

What advice would you give to newbies on Etsy or in the crafting world?
(I still consider myself a newbie.) Offer lots of sales! I offered free shipping for my first month, and recieved more sales during that time than I had expected for the first several months. Also, don't be afraid of shipping internationally!

What's the most challenging part of your crafting?
The most challenging part is definately measuring the leather for journal covers. I need to find a more precise method, because I keep mis-measuring and having to make my pages smaller, trim the leather, and re-measure to make it work.

Do you show your work locally?
I don't yet. I really don't have anywhere near enough inventory to do so now, but my goal is to show at least once in 2010.

Famous last words?
Prove it!

How did you get interested in bookmaking?
I was actually inspired by a few of the bookbinders here on Etsy. I saw their leather-bound journals and thought, "I bet I could do that." So I looked up some tutorials online and learned, by trying it, what worked for me and what didn't.

How long have you been crafting?
Bookmaking? Crafting, as long as I can remember. Bookmaking, about five months.

What is your favorite stitch/technique?
My favorite stitch is the Medieval long stitch, but I recently figured out an x stitch that I really like (and I thought was my original) to find that a few other binders use it, or something strikingly similar, as well.

What is the one tool or supply that you couldn't live without?
I really don't have any tools made for bookbinding, but the antique ice-pick that I use in leu of an awl would probably be the tool I would miss most. As for supplies, I don't think I would enjoy making books without leather. It's such a wonderful material and a paper covered journal just isn't as cool to me. (Sorry guys!)

Materials you use for your books?
I use leather (kidskin, deerskin, cowhide, ect.), and whenever possible, I use recycled or scrap leather. I use a drawing paper to fill my journals, and since I am an artist, I know which kinds are versatile for many different sorts of work (writing, drawing, ect.). One of my few rules is that I never use glue.

What inspires you?
Almost anything designed or written in, or inspired by the Middle Ages inspires me. God's Word and creation inspires me. My family and friends inspire me.

Who is your crafting hero?
Sadly, I don't have one.

Guilty pleasure?
Popcorn! If it wouldn't kill me, I would eat it every day!