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A Bookbinder’s Black Friday

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Yeah, so it’s Black Friday.

In Montpelier, where I live, they’ve dubbed it Flannel Friday – much more appropriate to the Vermont lifestyle. You show up to local shops wearing flannel and kablammo! You get a discount on your purchase. There’s also a Cider Monday, which is supposed to be the Cyber Monday alternative. Love.

We hosted Thanksgiving this year with a total of 23 people and 3 dogs – it was nuts. A happy and awesome kind of nuts, but nuts nonetheless.

Even though I am totally exhausted, there’s no time for rest – I have a craft show that opens tomorrow, the fabulous Women’s Festival of Crafts. If you happen to be in the vicinity of Burlington, VT tomorrow or Sunday, come on by my booth and say hi!

That said, there are quite a few bookbinding-related online sales going on today (and some beyond that). Check ’em out:

From now through 11/27 at midnight GMT, Vintage Paper Co. is offering 25% off all products listed on this page of their website. Use code bf at checkout to get the discount.

John Neal Bookseller is going bananas with all the deals.

  • Get free standard shipping (within the U.S.) on orders of $100.00 or more. Use code BF17FS at checkout for the discount from now through 11:59 p.m. on 11/25.
  • Get 10% to 50% off Black Friday Sale items from now through 6:00 p.m. on 12/1 (a full week!) – save on some of their most popular books and supplies.
  • All Londonderry thread is 20% off, including individual spools, sets, and lacing thread.
  • Two great bookbinding books by Don Etherington are on sale. Bookbinding & Conservation: A Sixty-year Odyssey of Art and Craft is priced at $24.95 and Don Etherington: Design Bindings, A Retrospective is priced at $19.95.

Pergamena, producer of stunning fine leathers and parchment, is offering free UPS Ground shipping on all orders over $100.00 Use coupon code FR33SHIPPING at checkout to get the discount.

As part of their holiday sale, Oak Knoll Books is offering 40% off select titles from their website. This sale is going on now through November 27th and no special code is needed – the discount will automatically be applied to the cost of these books.

Arnold Grummer is offering a 10% discount on all paper essentials, such as supplies, fibers, and presses. Use code DIYPAPER (not to be confused with DIAPER) at checkout to get the discount.

Now through midnight EST, Paper Mojo is offering 25% off storewide. Use code use code BF2017X at checkout to get the discount. Time to stock up on handmade and decorative papers!

Paper Source is offering free shipping on all orders over $50.00 – no code is needed.

From now through 11/30, The Paper Mill Store is offering 10% off orders of $250.00 or more with code 250SALE and 15% off orders of $500.00 or more with code 500SALE.

Paper-Papers is offering 60% off the already discounted price of products in their Sale and Clearance categories. Use coupon code floor at checkout to get the discount.

If you’ve got a bookbinding book on your wish list, you’re in luck! Amazon (yep, that Amazon) is offering $5.00 off print book purchases of $20.00 or more. From now until 11/26 at 2:59 a.m. EST, use code GIFTBOOK17 at checkout to get the discount. Note: Offer only applies to products sold and shipped by Amazon.com.

And if Cyber Monday is more your thing:

On 11/27 Mechling Bookbindery is offering 40% off all instructional DVD series and 40% off your choice of leather. Free shipping is available for orders over $250.00.

By the way, don’t forget Giving Tuesday! There are tons of worthy organizations out there that would love your support. Here are some of my favorites:

Happy shopping and/or donating!

A Bookbinder’s Black Friday

Ah, the splendor of Black Friday.

This year I have decided to keep a low profile shopping-wise. After I bought all of that paper in Japan, I have no good reason to buy anything else for the rest of the year.

Instead, I will be spending my day completing a bunch of unfinished books that have been sitting in my studio for the past week. Then I’ll engage in the oh-so-fun tradition of Let’s Pack up the Van for a Craft Show.

For those of you inclined to shop today, there are a bunch of bookbinding-related online sales going on today (and through the weekend).

Rolls of bookcloth

Check ’em out:

Hiromi Paper has moved their famous Annual Sale so that it starts on Black Friday. From 11/25 through 12/31 (yep, the end of the year), you can get paper with discounts between 25% – 80%.

Through 11/29, Paper-Papers is offering 50% off the already discounted price of products in their Clearance section. Use coupon code clearweek at checkout to get the discount.

As part of their holiday sale, Oak Knoll Books is offering free shipping on all domestic orders of $50.00 or more. No special code is needed – shipping will automatically be removed from the total.

From now until midnight on 11/28, Paper Mojo is offering 20% off storewide. Use code BF2016X at checkout to get the discount. Time to stock up on handmade and decorative papers!

John Neal Bookseller is offering free standard shipping within the U.S. on all orders of $100 or more, now through 11:59 p.m. on 11/26. Use code BF16FS at checkout for the discount. In addition, from now through 6:00 p.m. on 12/2, they’re offering 20% to 30% off a selection of items, including spools and sets of Londonderry thread.

From 11/25 through 11/27, Paper Connection International is offering 10% off all internet orders. Use coupon code CYBER10 to get the discount.

Pergamena, producer of stunning fine leathers and parchment, is offering 20% off everything in their online store and free shipping. From 11/25 through 11/28, use code 20%OFF at checkout to get the discount.

From now through 11/28, Arnold Grummer is offering a 10% discount on all regular and sale priced items. Use code CW10 at checkout to get the discount.

On 11/25, Paper Source is offering 50% off seasonal colors (Spruce and Poinsettia) of items in their Paper Bar (including large sheets of text and cover weight papers). All other paper colors are discounted as follows: Buy 5 packs get 10% off; buy 10 packs, get 20% off; buy 25 packs get 30% off.

If you’ve got a bookbinding book on your wish list, you’re in luck! Amazon (yep, that Amazon) is offering $10.00 off book purchases of $25.00 or more. From now until 11/28 at 2:59 a.m. EST, use code HOLIDAYBOOK at checkout to get the discount. Note: Offer only applies to products sold and shipped by Amazon.com.

And if you’re more into Cyber Monday:

On 11/28 Mechling Bookbindery is offering 50% off and free standard shipping on all bookbinder’s instructional DVDs. You can also get 50% off both premium goatskin and premium heavy grain black goatskin

The Paper Place is offering all Chiyogami at 20% off. No coupon code is needed – the discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

Happy shopping!

A Bookbinder’s Black Friday

Another year, another Black Friday.

There is no big box shopping for me this year. My plan is to go into downtown Montpelier for Flannel Friday, our snuggly local version of this shopping day.

If you love making books like I do, then you might be interested in the fantastic online sales that are happening today (and throughout the weekend):

bonefolders

As part of their November sale, Oak Knoll Books is offering 20% off a selection of their books about bookbinding. No special code is needed – just click on the link and the discount is already applied to the book prices.

Pergamena, producer of stunning fine leathers and parchment, is offering 50% on all sheep parchment, full skins, and cut sheets. From 11/27 through 11/30, use code PERGSHEEP50 to get the discount.

Starting at midnight on 11/27 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on 11/28, John Neal, Bookseller is offering free standard shipping within the U.S. on all orders of $100 or more. Use code freeship at checkout for the discount.

From now until 11/30, Paper Mojo is offering discounts that increase with higher spending. Here’s the scoop: 15% 0ff $50.00 or more (code 15BF50), 20% off $75.00 or more (code 20BF75), and 25% off $100.00 or more (code 25BF100). Time to stock up on handmade and decorative papers!

Oh – there’s another paper place with discounts – it’s, uh, The Paper Place! Now through 11/30, they’re offering 20% off your purchase of $100.00 or more. Use code STOCKUP at checkout to get the discount. They’re sure to have something you like – they stock over 2,000 papers!

Cloth Paper Scissors is offering 50% storewide from now through Monday, November 30th until 11:59 p.m. Mountain time. This includes both paper and digital issues of their book arts magazine Pages. No code needed for the discount – just go directly to their website and shop!

On 11/27 you can get 40% off any one item at Impress Cards & Crafts. If you’re into twine (I sure am), you should check out their selection. They also have a good selection of papercrafting tools. Use code blackfriday2015 to get the discount.

And then there’s Paper Source – the origin of my bookbinding powers. As I’ve mentioned before, I learned how to make books while working there during my grad school days. Now through 11/30, get free standard shipping on online orders over $50.00 with code SHIP50.

Volcano Arts has a selection of overstock and clearance items marked 50% off – no code is needed, just visit their sale page and prices are as marked.

From now through 12/31/15, Arnold Grummer is offering a 20% discount on all paper and book presses. And on top of that, you can save an additional 10% by using code SHOPSMALL10. The coupon can be used on sale items and is good through Sunday, November 29th.

And if you’re more into Cyber Monday, on 11/30 Mechling Bookbindery is offering 50% of all leather, $20.00 off your purchase of $100.00 or more, and 40% of all books, DVDs, and CDs.

Happy shopping!

A Bookbinder’s Black Friday

Bookbinder's Black Friday image

I used to have more of a stomach for Black Friday shopping. I would totally get up at an entirely unfriendly hour to take advantage of some wacky deal that seemed too good to pass up. Now I’d much rather sleep in.

If you’re at all like me, perhaps you would rather take advantage of the online deals (when not shopping locally). Luckily, there are some sales that may be of interest to you bookbinders out there (no waking up early!):

Arnold Grummer‘s is offering Black Friday discounts on presses and papermaking supplies.  All presses are 20% off! From now through 11/30/14, you can save an additional 13% on your order by using code BFSAVE13.

Paper-Papers is offering 50% off clearance items now through 12/1/14 with code clear121. In addition, they’re offering 10% off everything on their site through end of year – no code is required to get the discount.

Cloth Paper Scissors is offering 50% storewide from now until Wednesday, December 3rd until 11:59 p.m. Mountain time. This sale includes books, DVDs, and magazines. No need for a code – just go directly to their website and shop!

As I’ve mentioned many times before, I learned how to make books while working at Paper Source during my grad school days. I have lots of love for this store and what’s not to love about free shipping on online orders over $50.00? Now through December 1st, use code THANKS50 at checkout to get the discount.

Paper Mojo is one of my favorite paper sources – they have a great selection and the prices are reasonable. From now until 12:00 midnight EST on December 1st, Paper Mojo is letting you choose your own deal. You can either take 20% off your entire purchase with code BLACK2014 or you can get free domestic ground shipping on your $60+ order and get a free scrap pack with code FRIDAY2014.

Happy shopping!

Supplier Rave – Colophon Book Arts Supply

One of my favorite suppliers of bookbinding goodies is Nancy Morains, owner of Colophon Book Arts Supply. She attends the Paper and Book Intensive, as well as the Focus on Book Arts conferences. It’s really hard to resist her selection of bookbinding supplies.

I buy my Duo and Dubletta bookcloths from her – I don’t know of any other supplier that has it. I also buy hand-dyed linen thread and tools. She makes wonderful marbled papers. You can see some of the papers I purchased from her below.

Hand-marbled paper

Hand-marbled paper

Hand-marbled paper

Nancy also teaches workshops. She’s awesome. And a sweetie.

If you know she’ll be at an event you’re attending, you can place an order with her in advance and she’ll have it ready for you to pick up. Not only does this save you shipping costs, but it also allows you to purchase items in larger quantities than she might ordinarily have on hand.

If you’d like to learn more about Nancy, you can listen to a podcast interview on the Book Artists and Poets podcast.

A Bookbinder’s Black Friday

Bookbinder's Black Friday image

I don’t know about you, but I’m a total Black Friday shopper. In fact, I’m just waiting for my coffee so I can get myself out the door for a new label maker. Mine died. So sad.

That said, there are some great online sales that may be of interest to you bookbinders out there (as if we need a reason to buy more supplies):

If you’re not familiar with the The Paper Place (great origami giveaway, anyone?), they boast a selection of over 1,200 papers. They’re pretty much the online mecca of Japanese paper and their selection is simply to die for. From now through 12/1/13, these wonderful folks are offering 15% off their entire online store. Use code MAKERFRIDAY at checkout to get the discount.

Paper Mojo is one of my favorite paper sources – they have a great selection and the prices are reasonable. From now until 12:00 midnight EST on Friday, November 29th, Paper Mojo is having a 20% off sale on everything in their shop. In addition, all orders over $75.00 receive free ground shipping. No code is needed – the savings will show up in your shopping cart.

Cloth Paper Scissors is offering 50% storewide from now until Tuesday, December 3rd until 11:59 p.m. Mountain time. This sale includes books, DVDs, art lessons, and magazines. No need for a code – just go directly to their website and shop!

As I’ve mentioned many times before, I learned how to make books while working at Paper Source during my grad school days. I have lots of love for this store and what’s not to love about free shipping on online orders over $75.00? Use code FALL75 at checkout to get the discount.

Kate’s Paperie is offering 30% off all regular priced items purchased online. Yes, everything. There’s no code to worry about – the discount will show up at checkout on your entire order. This deal will run from 12:01 a.m. EST on 11/29/13 through 12/1/13 (11:59 p.m. EST).

Happy shopping!

Gooey glue tip

Jar of PVA glue

You know when you get to the bottom of a jar of PVA and the glue is all super-thick and gooey?

At this point I have one of two choices, add fresh PVA to it or add methyl-cellulose to it to loosen it up.

Wait, did I say I had two choices? I have three choices. The third choice is to keep the goo around.

The über glue is great for those times when you need extra sticky glue – like when you have a really teeny turn in or if you have a glossy paper that won’t comply.

Do what I do and go get yourself another jar – keep the fabulously fresh PVA in one jar and the super-tacky PVA in the other.

You’ll be glad you did!

The Amazing Dremel store

DremelIf you’ve read my other blog posts, you know how much I love my Dremel. Ever since I took Jill Timm‘s The Amazing Dremel class at the Focus on Book Arts conference, I’ve been using my Dremel (named Stan) in my studio work.

I was excited to find that Jill now has an online store that offers common bits and attachments that artists have found useful. No more endless searching or buying kits with bits you don’t need!

A Bookbinder’s Black Friday

Bookbinder's Black Friday image

I don’t know about you, but I’m a total Black Friday shopper. For the right deal, I will get up early and fight the crowds. To clarify, not fight the crowds with fists.

That said, there are some great online sales that may be of interest to you bookbinders out there (as if we need a reason to buy more supplies):

Paper Mojo is one of my favorite paper sources – they have a great selection and the prices are reasonable. Check out their clearance section – there are some really good deals to be found. From now until 12:00 midnight EST on Friday, November 23th, Paper Mojo is having a 20% off sale on everything in their shop. In addition, all orders over $65.00 receive free ground shipping. No code is needed – the savings will show up in your shopping cart.

Interweave, the folks behind Cloth Paper Scissors, is having a Bargains and Blowouts Sale with lots of mixed-media resources including magazines, books, eBooks, Workshops, and more  for 20–60% off. On top of that, you can use coupon code EXTRA15 to get an additional 15% off your purchase now through November 25, 2012 until 11:59 p.m. CST.  I’ve had my eye on this year’s issue of Pages, their specialty publication devoted to book art and art journals – I think it’s time for me to finally get it!

As I’ve mentioned many times before, I learned how to make books while working at Paper Source during my grad school days. I have lots of love for this store and what’s not to love about free shipping on online orders over $75.00? Use code THANKS75 at checkout to get the discount now through November 26th.

Kate’s Paperie is offering 30% off everything purchased online. Yes, everything. There’s no code to worry about – the discount will show up at checkout on your entire order. This deal will run from 12:01 a.m. EST on 11/23/12 through 11/25/12 (11:59 p.m. EST).

Happy shopping!

The Paper Place and their 2nd annual rocking giveaway

Big fat paperHere we go again…let the paper dreams begin.

Mine mine mine please.

The generous folks at The Paper Place are giving away (for the second year) a super fat sample pack, which includes an 8.5″ x 11” sheet of every Chiyogami paper they carry – over 700 patterns!

Enter the giveaway here.

If you’ve never worked with Chiyogami paper (a.k.a. Yuzen) before, it’s just fabulous. I’ve often referred to the stuff as the butter of paper – it just behaves so well.

Compliant paper makes me happy…it’s so dreamy!

The Paper Place is located in Toronto, Canada…luckily within driving distance for me. In addition to their fabulous Chiyogami selection, they also offer workshops, art & papercrafting supplies, and gift items. You can even shop online if you can’t tolerate a trip out of the country. Just to tease you, they now carry Divine Twine.

So if I haven’t been successful in enticing you to enter this giveaway, all I can do is leave you with the following image:

Pile of Chiyogami paper

If that doesn’t motivate you, then are made of some seriously strong stuff.

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