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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.

Guild of Book Workers – Standards Seminar 2011

Standards Conference Badge - Guild of Book Workers 2011Last week I attended the Guild of Book WorkersSeminar on Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding.

It was both inspiring and intimidating.

Don’t get me wrong – I had a wonderful time. I did, however, often wonder how exactly I ended up at the grown ups table.

Conference presenters included Dan Essig, Katherine Beaty, John DeMerritt, and Todd Pattison. I’ll talk about their presentations in future blog posts.

For now, I’ll just focus on the goodies. Oh yes, there was lots of shopping going on.

The first stop was Akkra. In a nutshell, these nice folks specialize in tools that don’t stick. I started off by purchasing two teflon burnishers – I’m looking forward to trying out these new shapes.

Teflon burnishers from Akkra, Inc.

Then I picked up a teflon-coated spatula set. I’m not a big fan of picking glue boogers off of my tools.

Teflon coated spatula set from Akkra, Inc.

The last purchase was a tweezer set. I’m really digging the soldering tweezers (the pair at the bottom of the image).

Tweezer set from Akkra, Inc.

Next was a purchase from Colophon Book Arts Supply. I am now the proud owner of an 18″ Incra Precision T-Rule – I’ve been dying to get one of these since I attended the Focus on Book Arts conference earlier this year.

18" Incra Precision T-Rule

I bought two bookcloth sample books from Hiromi Paper. These books include samples that aren’t available from Talas. One book is for World Cloth (a.k.a. Asahi)…

…and the other is for Text Libris and Text Lifil.

Text Libris and Text Lifil bookcloth sample books from Hiromi Paper

The last thing I bought from Hiromi was some awesome apple papyrus from Germany. It’s a lot thinner and lighter than you’d expect. I have no idea what I’m going to do with it.

Apple papyrus from Germany

I bought the most amazing book from Bookbinders WorkshopThe Exquisite Notes by Sylvia Ramos Alotta. I was told that this book was just released within the past few weeks.

"The Exquisite Notes" - bookbinding book by Sylvia Ramos Alotta

The book is an instruction manual on bookbinding, presented in a sketchbook format – the sketches are so lovely! Techniques range from pamphlet stitch to the Armenian binding.

Page spread from "The Exquisite Notes" - bookbinding book by Sylvia Ramos Alotta

Last, but certainly not least, was the wonderful marbled paper from Chena River Marblers. I’ll be using these on a series of coptic journals, making their debut (hopefully) at my next craft show.

Marbled papers from Chena River Marblers

Marbled papers from Chena River Marblers

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tour of what emptied my wallet. Anyone want to help me put it away?

Bookboard super-suck

On the day of the supreme Bookboard-o-rama, I talked about the arrival of a ginormous amount of bookboard. I was really excited because the sheets were slightly larger than my last purchase, which meant that there was potential for getting more covers from each board.

DrRuss asked me the following:

Do you cut the sheets in half and then use the KT or do you cut to size from the big sheets.

I replied that I cut everything with my my Kutrimmer 1071 and didn’t need to do any cutting by hand.

Since then, my bookboard bliss has been shattered.

The size of my new board is too wide for my Kutrimmer, which can only accommodate sheets that are up to 28.5″ in length. I am heartbroken.

I have 170 sheets of board that I can’t cut with my board shear.

Grrrrrr…

I am now obsessed with acquiring a Kutrimmer 1080.

It has a cutting length of up to 31.25″ and would work on my new bookboard. It has a foot pedal for clamping and a fold-down table extension to support large pieces. And it has legs, therefore making it easier for me to anthropomorphize it.

And it’s pretty and shiny.

And it has a price tag of $1,664.00.

Dear Magical Bag of Money,

Please hurry up and get here. I need to buy a new Kutrimmer.

Sincerely,
Elissa

 

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