Renegade Craft Fair is coming to Los Angeles

July 16th, 2010

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One week and counting! Renegade Craft Fair will descend upon downtown Los Angeles on the weekend of July  24 + 25. Ben and I are sharing booth #28. We can’t wait to see you there!

A trick to making evenly spaced holes

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.

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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).

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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.

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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).

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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

June 15th, 2010

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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: https://www.uclaextension.edu/r/Course.aspx?reg=V6948

Baseball Card Books

June 13th, 2010

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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

May 19th, 2010

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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!

Santa Monica Festival – 2010

May 5th, 2010

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It’s Festival time! Ben and I are finishing up last minute preparations for this year’s Santa Monica Festival. We have new prints, drawings, paintings, books and other goods we can’t wait to share.

The festival is this Saturday May 8 (11 am – 6 pm) in Clover Park, Santa Monica, CA. The festival is free, kid-friendly, and focused on environmental sustainability. Ben and I will have our own tent in the “marketplace” area, displaying our art. For more information, check out the Santa Monica Festival website.

Mabelle la Baleine

April 20th, 2010

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I found these two lovely illustrated books discarded from the library.

Happy Earth Day!

April 19th, 2010

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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.

Tag Calendars are Back in Stock

March 23rd, 2010

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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.

Droplet Update and Free Upgrade

March 9th, 2010

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Ben and I took some time to retool the DIY Planner and Calendar in our Droplet Etsy shop. We added a new Notes page with more writing space. We also clarified the instructions for setting up your planner for binding (other than a 3-ring binder) and added several pages to make the binding process go much more smoothly.

If you purchased a PDF from Droplet before March 8, 2010, send us a convo or email and we will send you the new upgraded version for free!