Archive for August, 2009
I thought long and hard about splitting apart my Etsy shop into two focuses: book binding and fine art. Recently, I gave it a try, and so now my fine art and prints are located at studioerinzam.etsy.com. All of my hand bound books and book binding kits are still located at erinzam.etsy.com. I’m curious to see if it will create a better shopping experience for users. If you have any thoughts on this approach, or have tried splitting apart your Etsy shop, I would love to know how it has or has not worked!
I have had my eye on one of these for quite some time now. A Japanese hole punch is different from a standard hole punch in a few ways. When you push down on the handle, the metal bit twists, drilling down through your paper and leaving a nice clean hole. I am very happy with my purchase, although I did get along fine without it until now. Even so, I have already used it many times in just the last week. It punches so smoothly that it is fun to use.
- Allows you to punch a hole anywhere in a page and is not restricted to the edges like a standard hand held punch.
- Leaves your other hand free to hold your paper in place
- Easily punches through five or more sheets of standard copy paper. Also punches through chip board and leather.
- Quiet (compared to a hammer and punch!)
- A variety of bit sizes to choose from
- Easy to change bits
- Expensive (upwards of $30, plus the bits)
- Cannot punch through book board and thick stacks of paper
If you are interested in buying a Japanese hole punch, look for one made in Japan and also look for one that comes with a selection of bit sizes. I bought mine locally at Hiromi Paper International. There are a variety of other places online to purchase one as well. Just do a search for Japanese paper drill, or Japanese hole punch.
While working on a recent project, I did a quick internet search for images of vintage library pockets for inspiration. I found very little online, so I searched through my collection of old library books. I found several great examples and wanted to share images of them so that you can use them for inspiration as well!
Here’s an incentive to organize your desktop! Ben created a set of six desktop icons, available for free download here. He also turned the cute little ladies into iPhone wallpapers, available for free download here. And, if you’re not into all of these techie applications, each nesting doll illustration is available as an archival print in Ben’s Etsy shop.
After fumbling through a box of business cards looking for one specific card for the umpteenth time, I finally smartened up! I created a business card book to keep my card collection organized and in one place.
Since I know that I’m not the only one with this problem, I created a simple kit and template so that you can be organized too! Each little kit comes complete with detailed instructions and hole punch template, hand screen printed (100% recycled) book covers, metal book ring and rubber band closure. All that you need is a regular hole punch and your own collection of business cards!
Kits are available on Etsy.