Archive for May, 2009

How to make your own button & string closure

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

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When designing the geek books (posted below), I was on the look out for the perfect closure. Inspired by a button and string envelope, I figured out how to make my own. Here’s how I did it!

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You will need these tools and supplies:

1. 5/8 in. – 3/4 in. hole punch or circle cutter
2. 1/8 in. hole punch
3. eyelet setter
4. linen thread or other string
5. 1/8 in. eyelets
6. scissors
7. thick card stock
8. hammer or mallet
9. cutting mat or surface protector

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1. Cut out a 5/8 in. – 3/4 in. diameter circle from thick card stock.
2. Punch a 1/8 in. hole in the very center of the circle.
3. Tie a tiny loop at the end of your thread. You may wish to tie the thread around the tip of a pencil or pen to help you tie the right size. Tie a double knot and trim the extra thread. This loop will need to fit around the back side of the eyelet.
4. Punch a 1/8 in. hole in your book cover or envelope.
5. Place your materials in this order: eyelet, circle, thread loop. Place this stack through the hole in your book cover or envelope from the front side. The back side of the eyelet will stick through to the back of the cover or envelope.
6. Place the stack face down onto the cutting mat or surface protector. With the back side of the eyelet showing through the back side of the cover or envelope, use an eyelet setter (and hammer or mallet, if needed) to firmly set the eyelet.
7. Voila! A button and string! You may wish to wrap the string around the book and back to the button to secure, or you may wish to add another button (without the string) and wrap the string between the two buttons to secure.

Geek Books

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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Brand spanking new! I created these little books from real, vintage computer punch cards and green bar computer paper. This is an ode to the computer lover in notebook form. They’re actually great for non-computer lovers too, since they tuck nicely away into a pocket for jotting notes on the go. They are entirely handmade, from the hand cut pages to the custom button and string closure. Pick up your very own in my Etsy shop.

Many thanks to my friend, Peter, who discovered these cool computer cards and came up with the idea of turning them into little books!

Santa Monica Festival – 2009

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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The Santa Monica Festival came and went, and Ben and I had a great time. We debuted a new way to present our prints, mounted to wood blocks. We also made a special effort to make as many of our products earth-friendly as possible. Our prints and block prints were all printed onto 100% post consumer recycled papers, the wood for the blocks came from sustainable sources, and most of the books were made from recycled materials.

Many of our friends made it out for the festival, and we had a fun time spending the beautiful day together. We also met up with a couple other great Etsy sellers, Ohma! and Tyler Bender Book Co.

Snapshot

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

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Ben and I are busy, busy as we prepare for the upcoming festival on Saturday. I wanted to share a peek at one of the new projects that we are working on together. More to come!

Wall of Jams

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

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This is a sneak peek of what is to come at the Santa Monica Festival next week! I created these little books from a collection of old cassette tapes.

Santa Monica Festival – 2009

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

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One week from today is the Santa Monica Festival! Ben and I are gearing up and getting very excited for the event. I am working on a selection of books made from recycled materials, and we both have a few new items that we will introduce, including new prints by Ben and a new way to present and hang our existing prints. Stay tuned for updates throughout this week as I post our new projects!

We would love to have you join us at the Festival if you are in the area! It is coming up on Saturday, May 9 (11 am – 6 pm) in Clover Park, here in Santa Monica, CA. The festival is free, kid-friendly, and focused on environmental sustainability. Ben and I will have our own tent in the “marketplace” area, displaying our art. For more information, check out the Santa Monica Festival website.