Archive for the ‘Etsy’ Category

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!

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.

Tag Calendars are Back in Stock

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010


Ages ago I created a limited edition of perpetual calendars. The designs are hand screen-printed onto manila tags. After a long hiatus, a new edition of calendars are finally back in stock! True, it is past the January calendar rush, but not to worry. Why not pick up with April? That’s one of my favorites anyhow.

They are available through my Etsy shop.

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.

Little Llama

Monday, February 9th, 2009

I recently noticed a pretty little pair of earrings on Etsy’s main page. It took me a few seconds to then notice the background… one of my own recycle bin books! Little Llama’s shop is full of beautiful jewelry and the photos of the jewelry are great too. Below are a few images that include my own creation as a prop. Lovely! I would be pleased as punch to wear any of these.


Faded roses


Ruby earrings


Green bombo oxidized earrings


Mint earrings

Recyle Bin Albums

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009




Inspired by the letter S book of the previous post, I created a set of albums from a collection of discarded library books. These are made from a combination of papers, including thick card stock pages for adding photos, etc. Each one is very unique – I love browsing through the old papers and book pages. A few of them are still available on Etsy. There are also more photos of them on Flickr.

Free Holiday Shipping

Monday, December 1st, 2008


Happy Holidays to one and all! I am offering free shipping to all US and Canada orders from now through December 15, 2008. All other international destinations will pay shipping on the first item only. Enjoy!

Holiday Gift Tags

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008




I turned a selection of these hand screen printed inventory tags into fun holiday gift tags. They are ready to stamp and fill out with your own info! Available on Etsy

Japanese Binding Kit and Tutorial

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008




Hot off the press! These kits have been in the works for some time now, and are finally ready to be revealed! Hopefully, they will provide the opportunity easily learn a few bindings. I am thinking that this would be a good start for a newbie book binder, and perhaps a step toward more involved projects. I started from scratch to create computer drawn illustrations as well as written instructions for four different Japanese Stab Bindings. In addition to all four tutorials each kit comes with hole punch templates, a collection of found papers, a special hand screen printed book plate page, waxed linen thread and a needle. Choose to make one of the bindings with the included supplies and once you get the hang of it, you can make the other bindings with different materials. Kits are available here in my Etsy shop. Happy binding!

Mini Recycle Bin Books

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008



This is a great little book project to use up card stock weight paper scraps. As I accumulated my own collection of postcards, Print Gocco project leftovers, business cards and other various papers, I came up with this idea to turn them into something wonderful! I have been in need of a little “flash card” style book for memorizing Bible verses and foreign language words (I’m attempting to learn Swedish) and this little book fit the bill. I have a selection of these little books available for purchase on Etsy, and am also including basic instructions below for you to make your own, if you like.

Materials and Tools:

leftover book cover

miscellaneous card stock weight papers

cutting mat

metal ruler

box cutter (heavy-duty knife) and/or x-acto knife

hole punch


1. The first step is to cut your pages to size using the metal ruler and x-acto knife. I chose to make my pages the size of a business card (2″ x 3 1/2″). I suggest about 50 pages per book if you are using a 1″ book ring.

2. Use the heavy-duty knife and metal ruler to cut your front and back covers. The height of the covers will the be same as the inside pages, but the right edge should extend about 1/8″ beyond the pages. So, my cover is 2″ x 3 5/8″.

3. Create a template by punching a hole in the upper left corner of an extra page, about 1/4″ from the top and 1/4″ from the left side. Use this template to help you punch your holes in the same spot for the rest of the pages. You can use either a hand held hole punch or a hammer and punch for this step.

4. Use the page template for placing a hole in the covers as well. I suggest using a hammer and punch on a cutting mat for this step.

5. Thread the covers and pages onto the metal book ring, and voilá! You’re done!