Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Selling Your Handmade Books- What level are you at?

I am now a contributor to the Bookbinding Etsy Street Team blog! My posts will be published each Tuesday, starting today... (ok, a little late on this one).
My main focus on the posts will be how to sell your handmade books online, locally, in stores, and in art galleries.
This first post is meant to help you get a bit organized by making a big decision. There are a few major decisions that need to be made when you start to sell your books. Even if you're a long time seller, and haven't yet made these decisions, making them now can help your business.  This post covers the first big decision and next week I'll cover decisions two and three, which, even if you're already established, are important things to think about and do.
Big Decision #1
What level of involvement are you at currently, and what level would you like to be on when it comes to selling your books?
There are three levels of involvement:

Hobby Level - You love making books and want to continue but materials can sometimes be pricey. At the hobby level, you really just want to make back enough money to cover costs and help pay for future materials for more books. All your money goes directly back into the books and your creative ventures.
Side Income Level - Since you're in need of a bit of extra income and you really don't want to sacrifice making books to get a second job, you've turned to selling your handmade books in hopes that you can do what you love and still contribute money to the monthly cash inflow.
Full Time Level - You love making books and want to make it your full time job. Part of your sales income will go back to materials for books, with most of the income going toward your spending budget to pay off bills and living costs.

Once you've decided which level you are currently on and which level you would like to be on, you'll have an idea of where you're going. This is the first step in making any goal a reality.
If you want to take a step up to the next level, there are many things to be done. Over the next few months I'll be sharing ideas, resources and opportunities for you to create goals and sell your handmade books on the level you want to be on.
Already know where you're at and what you want from your business? If you'd like to get ahead on next week's big decisions, go ahead and calculate the time it takes you to make a book, list a book, package a book and mail it. Do it for a few books and keep the numbers on hand as you read next week's post. I'll be talking about time, pricing and inventory.
I look forward to providing you with motivation and the know how to making your business work for you! 
(ooh, that sounded so big-conference-motivational-speechy)
~Karleigh Jae

Friday, 26 March 2010

Blog Interview: LinenLaidFelt

Welcome back to this week's edition of the BEST Blog interview. Today I have the pleasure to introduce you to a relatively new member in our team: Katie Gonzalez of LinenLaidFelt.

Hi Katie, nice to meet you! Where are you located?
I currently live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my husband, Tony, and our dog, Riviera. We've been here for about two years, but we both grew up in Illinois and have lived in various places throughout the Midwest and Southeast.
Are you a bookbinder by training?
I attended the University of Georgia and majored in graphic design. However, because of the way the coursework is organized through the UGA art school, I was able to take tons of classes in all sorts of subjects. I studied photography, book arts, papermaking, letterpress, drawing, painting, and art history, in addition to the classes required for the graphic design program. You can see examples of some of my student work (including design, photography, book arts, and fine art) at www.kathryngarner.com, my old website that still lists my maiden name.

In 2006, I studied abroad in Cortona, Italy (the city where "Under the Tuscan Sun" was filmed) and while I was there I took a book arts and papermaking class, in addition to painting and art history. I loved everything about my book arts class, and spent almost all of my free time in the studio making books. After returning from Italy, I took several other book arts classes in college and found ways to incorporate bookmaking into my other graphic design and printmaking classes as well. I just opened my Etsy shop in February, so the business side of bookmaking is new for me.

Tell us a little more about your shop and your crafting: What do you make and sell?
The main focus of my Etsy shop is my handmade books. My preferred binding methods are Coptic, Italian long stitch, and Japanese stab binding. Eventually, I would like to get back into making more sculptural books and books with content, in addition to blank journals. and I plan to add some handmade notecards and fabric items, like wine bottle gift bags made from upcycled shirt sleeves.

I'm currently making five different custom books: a wedding guestbook, a vacation photo album, and a set of three journals for three sisters. You can visit my blog for posts about the works in progress, and check back soon to see photos of the final products.

Is there a book that you made and that is special to you?
My favorite books that I've made are my wedding guestbook and my wedding invitations, which were actually little three-page handbound booklets, that I made for my July 2009 wedding.

The wedding was hosted in a 1930s Art Deco movie theater in Charleston, SC, where large murals adorn the walls. Those murals inspired my illustrations for the invitations. The first page served as the invitation to my wedding. The second page invited guests to the rehearsal dinner. The bottom portion of the third page could be detached along the perforation and was used as the reply postcard. The designs were printed on a pearlescent paper with a linen texture. I taught Tony how to stitch the Japanese stab binding, and together we made 200 of these little books.
I made my guestbook during a letterpress class that I took my last semester of college. I used a pressure printing technique to transfer a subtle lace pattern to each of the pages in different shades of blue and green. A more distinct lace pattern was used to decorate the first and last pages, on which I also printed our names and the colophon with handset type. I printed a lace pattern onto strips of darker green paper and then cut them out to make the decorative scalloped-edge guards.
If you're interested, you can see more photos from our wedding, including a photo slideshow, here: http://www.lizduren.com/blog/tony-and-katie

Is there another place where we can find you - we should link again to your shop, and to your blog, is there another site?
I can be found on Etsy at http://LinenLaidFelt.etsy.com,
my blog is located at linenlaidfelt.blogspot.com,
and on facebook I can be found at www.facebook.com/LinenLaidFelt

Thank you, Katie, for letting us in behind the scenes of your shop!
The pleasure was all mine. I hope to welcome you again at linenlaid & felt.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Book Swap #10 - Yatsu

Wrapping up our presentation of the books from Swap #10, is Meredeth, also known as Yatsu or Notubóc.

Meredeth's hardcover journal is made using the Secret Belgian Binding, sewn with dark brown cotton pearle. She all but tripped over this "super awesome" wheat paper at her local paper store so she took it home with her to cover this book.

Visit Meredeth's Etsy shop to see more of her books.

See all the books from Book Swap #10

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Book Swap #10 - Paperlion

Today's swap book is from Jenny, known on Etsy as Paperlion.

Jenny says, "for some time I have wanted to tackle making my own bookcloth from my fabric stash. Our bookswap seemed the perfect opportunity because I do seem to work best with a deadline! It was a great opportunity to try out some new techniques. I had a text block I had made out of hand torn cartridge paper some time back so I decided to utilise that and make a casebound book. I decided to sew up a matching little fabric case for the book to be enclosed in."

Visit Paperlion.Etsy.com to see more of her work.

See all the books from Book Swap #10

Monday, 22 March 2010

Book Swap #10 - ReadWriteBooks

The next swap book is from Lee, of ReadWriteBooks.

Lee sent the larger of these two books to her swap partner. She made this hardcover book wtih "metallic gray fabric that has been pleated and sewn with red thread. Black satin ribbon is used to tie the book closed. Signatures are reinforced with red bookpaper. The pages are detailed with red dashes to match the front stitching. White 100% cotton pages."

You can see more of Lee's books at ReadWriteBooks.Etsy.com.

See all the books from Book Swap #10.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Book Swap #10 - ConduitPress

Talia, of ConduitPress, made this book for our book swap.

Talia said she used "upcycled vinyl wall covering remnants for the cover of this long-stitch bound book. Two different pieces of the fabric backed vinyl wallcovering are glued together using PVA and then sewn using the zigzag stitch for both decoration and reinforcement. There's a beautiful blue on one side and a muted beige on the other. I Love the way it wraps around and sort of looks like a tiny little wallet- a great little book for note-taking on the go. I used a sturdy snap button to close the book and red linen thread for its binding."

Visit ConduitPress.Etsy.com to find more of her books.

See all the books from Book Swap #10.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Book Swap #10 - Anticovalore

Simona, of Anticovalore.Etsy.com made this book for our swap.

Simona calls this a pocket-sized journal, a "perfect size to keep track of your life!" She crocheted the cover using hemp and also used old hemp laces to create the tie closure on the fore edge. The text block is made with recycled paper.

Visit Anticovalore.Etsy.com to see more of Simona's books.

See all the books from Book Swap #10.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Blog Interview: Paperlion

Come, join me on a cyber-visit to Sydney in Australia to meet Jen,maker of all the goods that can be found at paperlion.etsy.com
Hi Jenny, how long has your Etsy shop been open? I opened my Etsy store at the end of June 2007 but didn’t start listing items for the first month or so. I spent that time looking around and learning from the Etsy forums, other sellers and various blogs referencing online selling. I wanted to be really happy and confident with what I was listing before putting it out there for the viewing public!
How and when did crafting and bookmaking come into your life? ‘Making’ of some description or other has always been a part of my life. My mum was a sewing teacher at High School so that was always around me and I’ve maintained some interest there. Stationary has always been a passion for me and when I stumbled across a course in bookmaking I signed up.
Straight away I knew it was going to be something I would keep at for many years to come. I love the precision involved in book making. It’s so satisfying to get everything just right so you end up with a beautiful object at the end. It’s important that what I make is practical too – I’m not that interested in making things to sit and be looked at, I love that people use my books and albums.
Do you have a day job different from being an Etsy seller? What is it?
My day job is at as a corporate travel agent. I’ve done this for all my adult working life and it has afforded me some wonderful opportunities to see so much of the world. Mind you, I think I will always have a list of places I still want to get to!

It’s quite a demanding job, especially in the company I work for, and for many years I couldn’t get the energy to do much after work than recover from the day. Once I discovered bookmaking though I realized that I just hadn’t found something I was passionate about. Now, I look forward to getting home and doing a bit of book work of an evening and I always make time of a weekend.

Is there someone who helps you with your Shop?
Everything I make is done entirely by me. My husband is creative, but with words not making things (he’s a journalist and musician). Our cat Yoyo thinks he helps me but in fact he doesn’t.

Tell us a little more about your shop and your crafting: What do you make and sell?
The main things I sell online are notebooks, photo albums and gift tags. I’ve also dabbled in some fabric notebook covers which is fun as it combines my love of fabric with stationary.

I also make recipe folders but I only sell them at markets as they’re quite large and weighty too so postage makes them a bit prohibitive for selling online. They’re very popular at markets though.

What materials do you use for your books and what techniques are your favorite? I mostly use the Coptic method of binding for my notebooks. I really enjoy the process of sewing the books together. I do make some case-bound books on occasion, but mostly it’s coptics.

For my photo albums I started out using the Japanese Stab Binding method but I’ve also started playing around with using brass screws. I like the ‘handmade’ look of the Japanese Stab Bind, but I also like the clean finish of brass screws so I think I’ll continue with both methods.

Late last year I did a one day course on using fabric as bookcloth and I’ve started doing this recently. I hope to use it on both albums and notebooks and am looking forward to using up some of my fabric stash.

My favourite part in bookbinding is when I lift up my pressing boards and see a pile of beautiful flat and colourful covers. Sometimes I keep them lying around before sewing them together just because it gives me pleasure looking at them!!

That sounds like your work area could look interesting, with book covers lying around. What else is there to see?
When I first started making books, I used the dining table - our house either looked a mess or I wouldn’t have time to pull everything out unless I had a block of time to put it to good use! I really turned a corner when I took over a nook of our spare bedroom. I had a table made at a height that means I don’t have to bend over and get a sore back and everything is always out and ready. It means that if there’s just 5 minutes I have spare I can do a little task, if I have more time all the better. I love having everything on hand and even if I don’t have time that day to do anything, it gives me pleasure to know that it’s just there!

I got my dad involved in the setup too but getting him to custom make a set of draws for my sheets of paper. It’s wonderful to have somewhere I can lie them all flat and have easy access to them.

Do you have special plans for your crafting and your shop for the future? New skills you would like to acquire, new techniques to learn or new materials to use?
I hope to always introduce new techniques and products to my store, the main obstacle is having time to perfect them and get my skills to a level where I think what I make is at the level required to be sold.

Working with leather is something I have in mind to investigate this year.

I also do other crafting that I have no intention of selling – stamp making, knitting, sewing – I just do it for the enjoyment.

Thank you for taking your time to give us a little insight in your work. - Ah, I cannot stop myself and have to ask my favorite question after all: Is there a story behind your Etsy-Name?
Coming up with a name was a difficult process for me and I spent quite a bit of time thinking it over and also canvassing friends and family. Eventually I settled on Paper Lion – the paper part is obvious, the lion part is reference to the fact that my star sign is Leo. At the end of the day, I just liked how they sounded together!

Thank you again!

If you want to read more about paperlion, go to her blog

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Book Swap #10 - Tickerfinch

Today's swap book is this buttonhole binding by Jennifer, of Tickerfinch.Etsy.com.

Jennifer's buttonhole journal is made with "mustard colored linen with green Irish linen thread. The bird, a Roseate Spoonbill, was hand embroidered in linen threads. The endpapers are pages from an old botany book - one of the pages was filled out by hand in 1898. The other gives descriptions of botanical terms. The spine lining is waxed, multi-colored paper from India."

Check out Tickerfinch on Etsy to see more of her work.

See all the books from Book Swap #10.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Book Swap #10 - SilveryMoonbeams

The next swap book is from Sierra, of SilveryMoonbeams.

Sierra made a leather wrap-around journal with a longstitch binding, and customized it for her swap partner. She selected a tree of knowledge design for the front cover an added a Silvery Moon. She also gave the tree lots of roots to plant both of their energies for good karma. The design is embroidered with metallic threads in a mixture of gold and silver. She also wrote a book blessing for the new owner, and included a silver bookmark with a tiny moon faced clock

Visit SilveryMoonbeams on Etsy to see more of Sierra's work.

See all the books from Book Swap #10.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Book Swap #10 - MyHandboundBooks

The next swap book is from Rhonda, of MyhandboundBooks.

This is one of Rhonda's recycled mail journals. "I save used mailing envelopes and packing papers and stamps and any other interesting tidbits that come through the mail. The pages in this journal are all cut from envelopes, complete with the windows and postal markings and stamps. There is book cloth on the spine and the decorative paper that finishes the cover is a security pattern from the inside of a business envelope."

Visit MyHandboundBooks.Etsy.com to see more books like this.

See all the books from Book Swap #10.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Book Swap #10 - CinderLisaDesign

Lisa, known on Etsy as CinderLisaDesign, shared this book in our recent swap.

Lisa says this is "a quilted backwards/forwards envelope journal, with mixed blank papers of varying thicknesses in shades of tan, pink, and a little bit of blue. There are 288 pages. I call it the Flower Burst. The cover is felted wool covered with designer fabric in a fun pink and red flower motif, and lined with a simple cotton print that echoes the geometric circles from the outer fabric. I machine quilted some haphazard lines through the cover in intersecting lines, then sewed my edges in and longstitched the book together with DMC floss. The cover is cut a little long for the backwards/forwards envelope look, and wraps around the spine. I like making these books because they kind of remind me of little handbags—except they're full of pages!"

Check out CinderLisaDesign to see Lisa's work on Etsy.

See all the books from Book Swap #10.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Book Swap #10 - Useful Books

Cindy, of UsefulBooks.Etsy.com, made this book for our most recent swap.

Cindy says that this is one of her favorite books that she's made in this style. It is a small journal made from a page taken from a vintage children's book, with the text of Twinkle Little Star. The page is layered with Tyvek and Kraft paper for strength and flexibility, then coated with several layers of acrylic glaze to make it durable and water-resistant.

Visit UserfulBooks.Etsy.com to see more of Cindy's work.

See all the books from Book Swap #10.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Book Swap #10 - Kurberry

The next swap book to present, is this one from Alison, of Kurberry.Etsy.com.

Alison says, this is "a three signature book - the Blue Deer. The covers are a paper I bought in Amsterdam, colorful and crisp, and it made me think of spring. The inside face of the cover is from the same source but bolder and geometric. The signatures are bound to the light green book cloth spine with waxed blue linen thread."

Visit Kurberry.Etsy.com to see more of Alison's books.

See all the books from Book Swap #10.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Blog Interview: Purplebean Bindery

Good morning, everyone! Today I have the pleasure write to you from Portland in Maine, and introduce you to Anna from Purplebean Bindery. Other than on Etsy, you can also visit her on her own website at www.purplebeanbindery.com.

Hi Anna, nice to meet you! "Purplebean Bindery" - that sounds like a name that has a story attached to it. What is it?
I wish there was a witty story behind my name, some day I’ll make one up. The real story is… Way back when e-mail was new my husband set up my account. From several rooms away he shouted ‘What do you want your e-mail address to be?’ Rather than some strange combination of my name and random numbers, I looked down at a picture in the seed catalog on my lap and said, ‘purple bean’. The name has followed me since. Like my e-mail address, I write it as one word – Purplebean.
Last year was the first year I’ve had time and space to finally plant those purple beans in my garden – ruby moon hyacinth beans.

Tell us a little more about your shop and your crafting: What do you make and sell?
I love functional yet beautiful objects and good design. My rolling pin jumps out as an example. It’s a beautiful wooden object, made by a Canadian artisan and it is really nice to use – just the right weight and balance to roll pie dough. I feel the same about embroidered dishtowels my Grandma made. They are necessities that she took the time to make lovely. (Function and beauty often collide in my kitchen.)
Combining function, beauty, and good design is the main reason I make books. The books I sell on Etsy have primarily used the buttonhole binding. It’s a binding style I love because it’s both decorative and functional. The binding allows me use a wide variety of fabric and colorful paper in the books (my two favorite art materials). Buttonhole binding also allows the books to lay open flat, so they are nice to write or draw in. They can also be built with a little space in the binding, so if one wanted to paste in photos or collages, the books would still close without bulging.
Recently I’ve been experimenting with selling other book forms too. I’ve made storybooks with printed pages for people to write and illustrate in (reviving the book that got me started in kindergarten).
I’ve been working on small notebooks made out of recycled envelopes too, in an effort to be a more creative recycler and create books that can slip into a purse or pocket. I designed a photo album and guestbook in a box for a friend’s wedding and, because I can never make just one, have posted similar boxes on Etsy.

How and when did crafting and bookmaking come into your life?
I made my first book in kindergarten. Our class bound simple, pamphlet stitched books and filled them with pictures and sentences about our lives – likes and dislikes, our family, house, phone number, etc. Making books has stuck with me ever since. In college I took a bookbinding class and was introduced to bookbinding as an art form, both in terms of content and structure. College is when my obsessive binding started. I bought several of Keith Smith’s books and worked my way through the different bindings. After a while I had to start giving away my test books to make room for new ones. Seeing friends use my books made me realize how much I enjoyed making functional art. Purplebean Bindery began when I had to make some funds to support my binding habit.

Do you use your own books?
I use blank books all the time. I like to record things, so I have books to keep track of dinner party menus, favorite beers, garden notes, travel logs, art ideas, and endless photo albums. Last year I designed and bound a tiny, chubby, non-intimidating book to write in every day. This year I made a book that would encourage me to draw everyday, with a pocket for pens and refillable pages. I am not really a writer or a drawer, but I’d like to be. Having books designed specifically for these purposes encourages me to use them.
When I make books to sell, I like to suggest in my Etsy descriptions how others might use them. My suggestions can run towards the silly end of things, but I hope having a nice book inspires people to be creative.

Do you have a day job different from being an Etsy seller?
I divide my time between bookbinding and photography. My formal training is as a photographer and art educator. After teaching for many years, I took the leap to be a full time artist. I now exhibit my photography throughout New England and sell my journals in Maine, Rhode Island and on Etsy. You can see my photography at: www.alowphotography.com

Oh, wow, your photos are beautiful! Have you thought about combining the two skills: photography and bookbinding?
I’m often asked if I bind my photographs into books. I’m constantly working on it in my head, but rarely act on it. For me, books designed for specific content are an entirely different beast than blank books. Some of the first books I worked on, and something I’d love to get back to, were cyanotype photos bound into a series of mini books. Each book has a small page of text about a family story and pictures surrounding it. The pages unfold in all directions. The piece as a whole, originally 100 books, dealt with oral story telling and the wonderful, flexible memories that make up a family’s personal history.

Many of us struggle with making photos of our books. Maybe you have a simple tip for us to make better pictures of our products?My tips are very simple - good light and sharp focus. I use natural light, so I pick times and spots that have strong sunlight. Natural light is also great to capture more realistic colors. Other lights cast green, orange or yellow hues that will effect your pictures. You can correct these on the computer, but why make more work? If I can't wait for a sunny time, I use a tripod (or set the camera on a table) so my pictures won't be blurry. I think sharp focus is important and worth taking the time (and sometimes retaking photos) to get right. If you have auto focus, make sure the book is what the camera is focusing on.
Beyond light and focus, I like to crop my pictures close, filling the image with the book. I get as close as my camera will focus when I shoot them and then crop the image even more on the computer if I need to. I also crop them square, as they appear on Etsy. Finally, I like to include details of each book, like the page paper and spine, and something for scale, like a pen or pencil.

How does you typical workday look like?

Trying to make it as a full time artist, I love that ‘typical workday’ does not have to be part of my vocabulary. In general, I do what needs to get done on any given day or where my creativity takes me. I love making things, so my days are full and productive, but I relish the flexibility to work on what I’m excited about that day, wther it be taking pictures, printing photos, binding books, or experimenting with new book forms. My photography is primarily printed using alternative processes (cyanotype and gum prints). These printing processes take time and patience, so I often have time to work on books while I wait for a photo to expose and develop. Some days I find it more productive to focus on one task and will spend the day just binding or printing.
To truly appreciate the flexibility my life has now, I do have to keep some constants in my workweek. I get up early and have coffee with my husband before he goes to work. I do my best to go for a long dog walk everyday, combining this with mailing Etsy orders if need be. I make to do lists at the beginning of the week to help me stay focused and measure accomplishment (this sometimes seems silly to say, but when you don’t have a punch clock or ‘the man’ expecting a report by the end of the week, I feel it’s important). I always spend Wednesday mornings at the computer and on the phone doing marketing, promoting and keeping on top of the business end of art (it’s Wednesday morning as I type). The business end also often seeps into other days while I drink my second cup of coffee. I volunteer one morning a week in a soup kitchen, in large part to have some face-to-face people interactions. And because I work from home, I do my best to shut the studio door on weekends, give art making a rest, and be with friends and family, hopefully outside.

Is there something specific that inspires you?
I love looking at what other bookbinders are doing. The Bookbinding Etsy Street Team consistently inspires me to be a better, more adventurous binder. Both for form and content, Keith Smith’s series of books on binding are very inspiring. As I mentioned before, I am often inspired to make books that will serve a specific function, like encouraging me to keep a daily journal or be durable enough for dirty garden notes (books that will hold up to mud, not x-rated garden ideas).
I also have a ton of fun making books and one book always leads me to the next idea. I can’t ever make the exact two alike, there is too much to play with to do that. I love combining decorative papers and colors. I love making ‘ugly’ color and pattern combinations with the cover paper, or calming ones, or festive, bright, loud and entertaining. I usually cut circles in the covers to show off the endpapers, but have recently started cutting silhouettes of Presidents, hearts, stars, and (at Halloween) skulls. If I ever run out of ideas, I might just stop making books. That’s not going to happen in the near future though.

Oh, I do hope this won't happen! We surely would miss your cheerful and colorful creations! Thank you for taking your time for this interview.
If you want to see more of her books - and maybe grab one - go and check out Purplebean Bindery.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Book Swap #10 - OliveArt

The next swap book to unveil, is from Kristi of OliveArt.Etsy.com.

Kristi says, "the covers, end sheets, and signature covers are made from beautiful Indigo Thai paper. This particular paper has an abstract all-over pattern, to me it looks like crumpled up paper with a strong light source (that's the art teacher talking), but others see dark sandy, and storm clouds. White and patterned points lead the eye over the cover to the beach stone button that along with a round braid of white waxed linen thread helps fasten the book. The white thread is also used on the coptic-stitched binding."

Visit OliveArt.Etsy.com to see more of her work.

See all the books from Book Swap #10.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Book Swap #10 - Buechertiger

Hilke, also known as Buechertiger, created this journal and slip case for our recent swap.

Hilke writes, "brown leather hardcover with paste-downs made of traditional Leipzig patterned paper give this journal a wonderful old world feel. This journal has a nice travel size, and sits in a slipcase for better protection. This case's spine is lined with the covering leather, and the sides are covered with the Leipzig paper. A strip of leather, attached to the slipcase and fitted with a glass bead, helps getting the book out of the case without strain on the book's binding. The books in this series of travel journals are numbered, this is number 10."

Visit Hilke on Etsy, at buechertiger.etsy.com.

See all the books from Book Swap #10.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Book Swap #10 - PurpleBeanBindery

Our next swap book is from Anna, of Purplebean Bindery.

Anna says, "my sister-in-law who carries old envelopes around with her to jot down phone numbers, good hiking trails and bakery recommendations inspired these little notebooks. I've bound used envelopes into a festive vinyl notebook sized to fit in her purse. This notebook is sturdy and colorful, wonky and jolly, useful and upcycled. The envelope pages come complete with windows, canceled postage stamps and 'urgent' advertisements, which will necessitate some creative note taking or make those of us who scribble notes on whatever's on hand feel right at home. The cheerful vinyl cover is held closed with a Velcro strap and the exposed long-stitch binding adds a decorative element."

Check out PurplebeanBindery.Etsy.com to see more of Anna's work.

See all the books from Book Swap #10.