2010 BEST Zombie Award

Handmade mummy book by Elissa Campbell

I eat you now!

Grrr! Argghh!

I recently completed my entry for the 2010 BEST (Bookbinding Etsy Street Team) Zombie Award. Members of BEST were challenged to create a book that reflects this time of year – inspirations could include Halloween, Day of the Dead, Thanksgiving, Fall Equinox, etc.

For whatever reason, I immediately became obsessed with the idea of a mummy book. I never had mummy nightmares as a child and I’m not a fan of classic horror movies. I just loved the idea of this undead guy walking around, looking like he was TP’ed.

I feel for the guy. What if he has to pee? Oh right, he’s got TP there…

I knew from the start that it had to be an accordion book – I wanted the mummy to have followers and I thought that it was interesting to literally have them bound together.

The covers are made of hand-cut bookboard – that took forever (and I have the blister to prove it).

Cut bookboard covers - mummy shapes

Mmmm...discarded bookboard flesh...

The covers were wrapped in soft Unryu paper from Thailand. I had the paper for a really long time and it was so nice to finally use it! I knew right from the start that it was perfect for my mummy attire. I glued down a layer of paper before I started the wrapping process.

I cut long strips out…

Cut strips of Unryu paper

…then wrapped that mummy up! I started with 1/2″ strips to get coverage, then used 1/4″ strips to get better detail.

Wrapping the bookboard in Unryu paper

I’m pretty happy with my book. I was initially going to go with Herman as a name, but then the Blech Police came by and smacked me upside the head. He is now known as Odjinebimdjai (Odji for short).

My hubby and I had fun taking pictures. He came up with the awesome idea of shining a laser pointer in his eye so he looked all possessed:

Handmade mummy book by Elissa Campbell

Look into my evil eye! Look at it!

Voting is open now and the winner of the coveted BEST Zombie Award will be announced on October 31st. Odji just told me that you need to vote for him (he thinks he’s being voted Prom King).

Visit the BEST blog to cast your vote.

6 Responses to “2010 BEST Zombie Award”

By buechertiger - 27 October 2010 Reply

The book is great! – I love the idea, and the finished book looks so cute and soft. I bet it feels great to the touch. And the bandage that already comes off is just great 🙂

By Elissa - 27 October 2010 Reply

Hilke –

The paper is really soft – bordering on toilet paper soft. I debated adding some blood stains to the bandages, but with advice from my husband, went with the restrained approach.

Of course, that didn’t stop us from playing with the laser pointer…


By velma - 27 October 2010 Reply

how could i NOT vote for your mummy!

By Elissa - 27 October 2010 Reply

Velma –

Thanks so much! Odji is pleased.


By Barbara - 28 October 2010 Reply

Wow – what a terrific book idea. Makes me smile. I love that I can see your process. Thanks for the treat!

By Elissa - 29 October 2010 Reply

Barbara –

Thanks for your kind words. Whenever I do a one-of-a-kind piece, I make a point of having my camera nearby. I love taking progress shots.


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