Archive for the ‘Bookbinding’ Category

Butterfly Scales

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012


Do you know that butterfly wings are covered in microscopic scales? This inspired the combination of materials above: pretty butterfly-patterned paper with pewter fish leather at the spine. The leather has a wonderful scale texture.

Take a look at Kellie’s Fine Leathers Etsy shop to see her selection of fish and eel leathers. They are great for a variety of projects.

2012 Planner – Better Late than Never!

Monday, February 13th, 2012


I’m usually a bit behind the times. In this case, I just put together a planner for the year. It combines two different bindings and various materials, including printed kozu paper, twill tape and a vintage index card divider. The inside pages are printed from our Droplet planner pdf. Now I can start to get some things done!

Experimenting with Japanese Stab Binding

Friday, February 10th, 2012


I was recently inspired to push my current knowledge of Japanese binding to a new level. This type of binding moves past the boundaries of function and more in the direction of form. There is so much potential here! I’m excited to try more.

The cover of this book is cut from a UCLAx poster.

Find excellent examples of decorative Japanese stab binding patterns at Becca Making Faces.

Bookbinding Class at UCLA Extension

Sunday, January 8th, 2012


I will return to UCLA Extension to teach Handmade Book Structures on Tuesday evenings for the Winter Quarter (January 10 to March 27, 2012). I would love for you to join me!

This class is loaded with demonstrations and hands-on projects. You will learn the basic techniques of book binding, including how to create stab, pamphlet, and multi-section bindings. You will also explore conceptual book structures and contemporary applications of book binding. The class is open to anyone interested (it is not required to be a certificate seeking student).

If you have any questions at all about the course, feel free to email me at

For more details and to enroll, please see UCLA Extension’s website.

1010 Westwood Center, Room 214
Tuesday 7-10pm
January 10-March 27
12 meetings total

New Mini Planners for 2012

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011


New for 2012: Pocket-size planners based on our original Droplet planner design. Every monthly spread alternates with a spread of notes pages. The covers are hand printed (with a fun technique that I plan to feature in an upcoming Gift Wrap post!). Each notebook is hand bound with linen thread. Pick one up at my Etsy shop or, If you like the page designs and want to make a larger version of this planner for yourself, find a downloadable pdf at our Droplet Etsy shop.

Renegade Preparations

Thursday, December 8th, 2011


Ben snapped a few photos of the action in the studio as we get ready for Renegade. I’m just finishing up some pocket calendars here. Two days left!

Bookbinding Workshop this Tuesday

Monday, October 3rd, 2011


If you are in the Santa Monica area, you are welcome to join me for a free hands-on workshop at the Fairview Branch Library Tuesday evening. We will make the Tag Book project from At Home with Handmade Books. You will learn the basic 4-hole Japanese stab binding. All tools and materials are provided.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Fairview Branch Library
2101 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Workshop this Sunday

Saturday, April 30th, 2011


If you live in the San Carlos, CA area, please join me for a workshop at the Reading Bug this Sunday, May 1! I will demonstrate how to make a stab-bound tag book, a project from At Home With Handmade Books. The workshop is at 2pm. More details are here.

At Home with Handmade Books is available today

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011


Today is the day! After months of work, At Home With Handmade Books is finally available! Working with the folks at Shambhala Publications has been a pleasure. I am very happy with how everything turned out. It is available through Shambhala as well as through most major book retailers, including Amazon.

A review or two have already hit the web. Feel free to take a peek:
A Little Hut
Liberate Creativity

2011 Planners – Available for YOU!

Sunday, December 12th, 2010


This year I finally created a planner that is available for purchase by anyone who is interested (or whoever gets to them first)! I already sold all but four at the Renegade Holiday Craft Fair in Los Angeles this weekend. The final four are up and available on Etsy. You can see all of the designs on Flickr.

The design is based on the planner that I created for myself last year, so the page designs as well as the cover and binding design are all time tested.

The pages are sewn to vintage book straps, so each planner is one-of-a-kind. Details and dimensions are mentioned in the Etsy listings.

Happy New Year!