Archive for the ‘Bookbinding’ Category

A trick to making evenly spaced holes

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

One of the best parts of teaching is learning new things! Below is a new technique that I learned from a student for how to accurately create evenly spaced holes. This template is for the 4-Hole Japanese Stab Binding.


1. Draw a line 3/8″ in from the spine, parallel to the spine (from top to bottom). Along this vertical line, mark the top hole 5/8″ from the head and the bottom hole 5/8″ from the tail. Draw a line through each mark, parallel to the top and bottom of the template (from left to right).


2. How many holes do you want to add? In this case we want to add 2 holes between our top and bottom holes. If we add 2 holes, that will make 3 gaps, or spaces, between the top and bottom holes.

Start with the number of spaces (3), and look for a multiple of that number on your ruler (i.e. 6, 9, 12, 15…). You can use either inches or centimeters. Choose a multiple of 3 that will touch both the top and the bottom line at the same time. In this example, I chose 12 cm.

Touch the end of the ruler at zero to the top line and hold it in place. At the same time, touch your chosen multiple (i.e. 12 cm) to the bottom line. Make two evenly spaced marks along the ruler. I made one mark at 4 cm and another mark at 8 cm.


3. Move the ruler over an inch or more to the right. Touch the end of the ruler at zero to the top line and hold it in place. At the same time, touch your chosen multiple (i.e. 12 cm) to the bottom line. Make two more evenly spaced marks along the ruler (i.e. at 4 cm and at 8 cm).


4. Draw a line between the two marks made toward the top. These are the marks that I made at 4 cm. Draw a line between the two marks made toward the bottom. These are the marks that I made at 8 cm.

You now have two evenly spaced holes between your top and bottom holes!

Bookbinding Class at UCLA Extension

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010


UCLA Extension is offering a Handmade Book Structures course this upcoming Summer Quarter and I’ll be teaching it! Would you like to learn the basics of book binding? Are you interested in being creative and digging into some projects? This is a great opportunity to learn and create a variety of bindings. We will work on projects during class and by the end of the quarter you will have many great projects to take home with you. Enrollment is open to anyone. There are no prerequisites. Class begins Tuesday, June 22, 7-10 pm. I’d love to see you there!

For more information and to enroll online:

Baseball Card Books

Sunday, June 13th, 2010


Months ago my Mom sent me a great selection of baseball cards collected by my Dad as a kiddo (she sent me cards that were in poor condition and of little value to collectors). Her idea: turn them into books.

After a bit of experimentation, I discovered that some of the cards could be split in two. I adhered the pieces to book board to form the front and back covers. An old white purse gave up its life to provide leather for the straps. Red thread sewn to the split straps came the closest to resembling a baseball stitch. I love the wonderful colors and imperfections of the cards; and they bring back good memories of my Dad.

A selection of baseball card books is currently available in my Etsy shop.

Ready to Go

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010



Just a few items ready to head to Renegade Handmade’s brick + mortar store in Chicago. I don’t often sell on consignment, but this seems to be a good opportunity. I hope they look good in shop!

Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 19th, 2010


This batch of books is upcycled entirely from scraps of papers and book covers found in my studio closet. There is an endless supply lurking behind that closet door! I’m slowly posting each of these little journals to Etsy.

2010 Planner

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010



I finally put together a planner/calendar for myself for the year. I guess March is a little late but better than never! The pages are sewn onto straps (repurposed book spines), which I then adhered to the chip board cover.

The planner pages are from Droplet.

Cloth Paper Scissors

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010


If you get the chance, take a peek at the latest issue of Cloth Paper Scissors (March/April 2010)! The magazine includes an interview with myself about a few current book projects. The issue is filled with great techniques and ideas for collage and other mixed media projects. My favorite project, provided by Jeannine Stein, shows how to make books from repurposed vintage materials. She created some beautiful examples.

Eco Books

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009



Hot off the press! Now available from Lark Books, is Eco Books by Terry Taylor. The book is a craft / how-to style paperback focused on recycling that teaches well over 30 unique book projects, along with tips and other sources of inspiration. The projects are provided by a variety of book binders. A few of my own projects are inside, including a book made from an egg carton, little books made from baggage tags, and books made from cassette tapes. Now you can raid your recycle bin and make these yourself!


Photo Albums

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009



I have a collection of vintage green file folders and am finding new ways to upcycle them. The metal tabs are too rusty to use, but the green card stock is in good condition. For this project, I cut the folders up and combined them with twill tape and plastic photo pages to make small photo albums. The plastic pages are pulled from a second hand photo album. They were easy to sew into the cover using a simple pamphlet stitch. I found the different sizes of twill tape at The albums will post in my Etsy shop on Friday, along with the Idea Index books… coming soon!

Idea Index – work in progress

Saturday, September 12th, 2009


A new round of books are in progress! I am combining two of my favorite designs into one. The covers are made from vintage index tab dividers and will include a set of hand made tabs for personalization. The spine is much like the Bingo Books that I made a few months ago, featuring cute illustrations from a vintage children’s primer. My new Japanese screw punch really came in handy this time! I plan to have them up and ready for Poppytalk’s new Market on September 21.