Worktable Wednesday

I worked in the studio during the morning/early afternoon until I had to leave for a couple of appointments. When I got home, it was back into the studio. Considering the interruption, I feel like I got some good work done.

And the best part was that I started the day with a clean worktable.

Highly unusual.

Studio worktable, magically clean!

10:57 a.m.

I got a rush order for a custom photo album, so I worked on that first.

My customer wanted sage green pages, but I didn’t have the paper in stock – I had to order the paper for next-day delivery. There was some floor pacing until the UPS guy arrived.

French Paper Company’s Construction paper in Cement Green = perfect!

Paper cut for handmade photo album pages

11:17 a.m.

Materials for handmade photo album

11:28 a.m.

Gluing covers for handmade photo album

11:59 a.m.

Gluing covers for handmade photo album

12:17 p.m.

Gluing cover paper on handmade photo album

12:32 p.m.

Completed covers for handmade photo album

12:45 p.m.

I don’t think I’ve ever completed a custom order in such a short period of time – it’s exciting! The album will be completed tomorrow and then I’ll ship it to the customer overnight for Friday delivery.

My next project was mini books.

When I first got my business cards printed, the card stock I chose didn’t take the ink the way I had hoped. As a result, I ended up with a pile of 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of business cards printed on only one side. Since I couldn’t possibly throw the stack away, I stashed it with no real idea of what to do with it.

One day I realized that if I folded the paper in half, I could use each business card strip as a book cover. I had paper cutoffs from when I had my letterhead printed, so I used that for the pages.

Yeah, I couldn’t throw that paper away either.

Prepping materials for handmade books

7:59 p.m.

Covers and signatures prepped for binding

9:09 p.m.

Pile of completed handmade books

10:15 p.m.

I started giving the books away as freebies whenever someone placed an order on Etsy. Now that I have a stash, I’ll be giving one to anyone who purchases one of my books.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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