Archive for the ‘Bookbinding’ Category

New Etsy shop – Studioerinzam

Monday, August 17th, 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 All of my hand bound books and book binding kits are still located at 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


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.

How to make your own button & string closure

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009


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!


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


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


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




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.

Wall of Jams

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009


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.

East Coast / West Coast Album

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009



Here are a couple pics of an album that I just finished up!

Bingo Books – part 5 (finished!)

Monday, April 6th, 2009


All of the details are finished, and the Bingo Books are now on the market! Too bad I don’t need another sketchbook yet! I began to post them to Etsy, a few at a time. If you’re interested, feel free to take a peek.

Bingo Books – part 4 (binding)

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009



Allllmost finished! I decided to try a new binding (new to me), which is a combination of two stitches that I have tried separately, but not together. I followed the instructions for the Long Stitch/Link Stitch in Keith A. Smith’s “Non-Adhesive Binding Books Without Paste or Glue“. His instructions are very thorough and easy to follow. I also referred to Esther K. Smith’s “How to Make Books” for inspiration, as there is an image of a handmade book on the introduction page showing a unique variation on the long stitch/link stitch.

Before binding the pages to the cover, I created an introduction page. I printed a design onto lemon paper, trimmed this page to the same size as the cover and used paper clips to hold it in place. When the book is assembled, this introduction page will wrap around the book block, between the pages and the cover. I then used a tiny hole punch and an awl to punch the holes in the cover. The sewing instructions are a bit complicated for me to explain here, so I recommend checking out Keith A. Smith’s book. I tried a few different variations of this binding, just for fun. So now the Bingo books are almost done! I just have a few details to finish up and I will then post photos of the finished product.

Bingo Books – part 3 (papers)

Thursday, March 26th, 2009


Next step, papers! I decided to use a large selection of papers for the pages inside of the Bingo Books. I like the eclectic look, and a mixture of papers are fun to sketch on. These are the papers that I chose and where I found them:

1. Lemon paper – This 100% recycled paper is a mixture of tree free agricultural by-products and post consumer paper waste. Purchased online from EcoPaper.

2. Cigar paper – Like the lemon paper, this is also 100% recycled. Purchased online from EcoPaper.

3. Strathmore Sketch premium recycled paper- Nice quality sketch paper, made with 30% post consumer waste. Purchased from Dick Blick (also available in most art and craft stores).

4. Primary writing tablet paper – This is like notebook paper, but the ruling is large for kids to practice their lettering. I had this notebook lying around, but I imagine that this paper is available in any school supply store.

5. Grid paper – I love the Ampad Gold Fibre Planning Pads. They have grid paper on the front, and ruled paper on the back of each page. I purchased this at Staples (also available at most office supply stores).

6. Ruled paper – I have so much ruled paper left over from school! I guess I should have taken more notes.

7. Green bar dot matrix paper – This is the old style techie paper used in dot matrix printers. It is available on Ebay.

8. Old paper – I inherited a giant bag of this when a friend moved.

9. Computer printouts – After using both sides of leftover computer printouts, they can then be recycled one more time into sketch paper.

10. Sheet music – Damaged music books make pretty papers. I found these at a second-hand store.

11. Discarded library book pages – Even if the covers are falling off of a book, the pages may be in perfectly good condition. Keep an eye out for free books being discarded at your local library. The cute illustrations inspire me when I find them tucked into my sketch books.