Archive for August, 2009

New Paintings

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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Little critters are filling up my studioerinzam shop! I added ten new friends, each hand painted with acrylic paint on paper. Each is set within a discarded library book, containing a hand lettered poem. Feel free to take a look at all ten of them!

New Etsy shop – Studioerinzam

Monday, August 17th, 2009

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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!

Back to school with Poppytalk Handmade

Monday, August 17th, 2009

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Head on over to Poppytalk Handmade’s Back-to-School Marketplace to find a lovely selection of goodies, including brand new recycle bin books! More recycle bin books are available directly through my Etsy shop.

New Tool! – Japanese Hole Punch

Friday, August 14th, 2009

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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.

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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.

Vintage Library Pockets

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

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!
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Matryoshka Icons from Studiobenben

Friday, August 7th, 2009

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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.

New DIY Kit – Business Card Book

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

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.

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Post Renegade Wrap-up

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

We had a great time at Renegade LA and met many wonderful people. THANK YOU to everyone who made it downtown to support indie artists! Here are a few photos of the booth that Ben and I shared:

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