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At Home with Handmade Books

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010


It’s real! For the past year (and more) I was busy creating projects, writing and illustrating this book. Perhaps this explains why my blog posts have been a bit sparse! It is pretty amazing to see it up on Amazon! It releases in April, 2011.

Handmade Brigade

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


Coming up this Saturday, June 6, the Handmade Brigade Indie Craft Show will be up from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in Cerritos, CA. Ben and I will be there at our booth and we hope that you can make it too! For more information, visit

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.

Enormous Tiny Art Show

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009


My husband, Ben, is participating in an art exhibition called the “Enormous Tiny Art Show“. Each piece in the show must measure 10 x 10 inches or less. If you like to browse great original art, this your chance! The online gallery shows each of the pieces on exhibit. Ben’s drawings are on view here. If you are lucky enough to live near Portsmouth, NH, you can even see these lovelies in person. The images below are just a sample.


Quiet Thought by Michele Maule


Tessur by Ben Schlitter


Exploring Space by Brandi Strickland


Lucky Neon Elephant by Mati McDonough

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

My How Time Flies…

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008


… when making 700 little books! I just realized that I have not posted for quite a while. This is why! I finally completed a large order of handmade mini tag books and am now very excited to move on to new and wonderful things.

Print Gocco Madness

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

I’m multitasking! This time, several of the projects that I recently completed involved the wonderful Print Gocco. Once you start a print gocco project, it’s hard to stop making more and more!


Project number one is a new business card. Ben and I are both setting up a booth with our goods at a local festival in May (this is our first booth experience and we’re super excited!). Thanks to tax season, we have very few funds to dedicate to this venture, so we’re getting creative. For a new business card, I used sheets of acid free chip board. We already had stacks of these that we use to ship with our prints to keep them stiff. I decided to create a design that related to my books and drawings… like part of a page pulled from a sketchbook. I combined scans of my own handwriting and sketches with the font Cyclone (I promise I had no idea I was once again using a Hoefler & Frere-Jones font when I selected it!). I left space on the back to write in extra notes and information. My favorite part is the graphite color, which is a mix of black and silver inks. I like the little bird walking on the page line like a tightrope, too. The fun parts are done now! I do still have stacks of them to cut down to size, which isn’t quite so fun.



Projects number two and three are mini tag books. I really liked the vintage inventory tags that I previously used to make into little books, but my supply ran out. I decided to design my own, made to be filled out with information directly related to the content of the book. The little squirrel book was an idea that I just couldn’t resist. Ideas and sketches are the little nuts that you squirrel away into this book.

I must admit, this is the very first time that I have ever used one of my own books that I made! I have always used sketchbooks and journals that I received as gifts, etc. Sounds kind of weird, I know. I’ve been carrying around one of the little inventory books and so far I really like it. Right now I’m thinking of using one for the car to log gas and maintenance, one for recording my purchases, and of course one for sketches and ideas!

Both of these are currently available in my Etsy shop.

Brett Zamrzla 3/21/1983 – 1/22/2008

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008


In January, my younger brother and only sibling, Brett, died in a single car accident. He was an amazing person and an extremely talented musician. He is missed so, so much.

“HAYS — Brett Anthony Zamrzla, age 24 of Hays, died Tuesday, January 22, 2008, the result of an automobile accident. He was born March 21, 1983, in Salina, Kansas the son of Bruce Anthony and Jeanette M. (Gustafson) Zamrzla.

Brett was a 2002 graduate of Chapman High School and attended school in Sylvan Grove through his sophomore year. He attended Fort Hays State University, where he was involved in many music activities. His love of music led him to be a part of music activities in the Hays, Ellis County and Dickinson County communities. Brett was a member of regional and local bands and he gave percussion music lessons. He was also a personal assistant for DSNWK in Victoria.

He is survived by his mother, Jeanette M. Zamrzla, of Hays; a sister, Erin L. Zamrzla and husband Ben Schlitter of Santa Monica, Calif.; grandparents, James and Eleanor (Clark) Gustafson of Smolan, Kan.; one uncle, Larry Zamrzla and wife Shirley of Salina; and two aunts, Virginia Clapp of Hays and Rhonda Toal of Hillsboro, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce A. Zamrzla; paternal grandparents, Anthony and Edith Zamrzla; and one uncle, Gene Clapp.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2008, at the Covenant Church, 102 S. Washington in Lindsborg. Inurnment will follow the services at the Rose Hill Cemetery, rural Lindsborg.

The family will be present to greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Brock’s North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays.

Brett’s family respectfully requests that you honor him by “paying it forward.” Please consider who might best receive the gift you have to give — flower, food, service, music, money, art … — and give it in loving memory of Brett. If you’d like to let us know what you’ve done, please send us a note (205 E 25th Terrace, Hays, KS 67601). May the peace of Christ be with you”

Mini Tag Books

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007


I love the way that this idea developed. While working on cassette tape books, I discovered that I somehow cut a stack of pages way too small. Not about to waste paper (oh no!) I began to scavenge around the studio for something that would make an appropriate cover for a tiny book. I came across a set of vintage inventory tags that I purchased from the Etsy shop, Other People’s Flowers. I had no plans for them at the time of their purchase… just a keen interest in collecting functional paper. Voila! The perfect match for my little mistake. These books are available here.

Iced Coffee

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007


What does this mean? It means that I stayed up too late last night, and I still have many things to do! I first discovered this delicious drink at a Vietnamese restaurant years ago. They called it “Vietnamese Coffee”. My friends called it “liquid cigarettes”. Whatever you call it, it is tasty, and it will wake you up.

Start with a layer of sweetened condensed milk in the bottom of a tall glass. How much depends on the strength of the coffee and how sweet you like it… I usually begin with about 1/8 to 1/4 cup. The Vietnamese restaurant used a special little drip pot that sits right on top of the glass. A shot or two of espresso will have the same effect. I used our little Moka Express to make my espresso. Stir the espresso into the sweetened condensed milk and then add ice… lots of ice. Stir a little bit more and then enjoy! If you’re like me and don’t often indulge in high amounts of caffeine, you will soon be bouncing off of the walls.