Category : Way Cool Stuff

Happy 8th Blogiversary!

Today is the eighth anniversary of the day I started this blog!

Out of curiosity, I looked up the traditional and modern anniversary gifts for year eight. Here’s what I found:

  • Traditional: Pottery/Bronze
  • Modern: Linens/Lace

In order to satisfy both the traditional and modern themes, I have no choice but to buy myself some Bronze Momi and Ogura Lace papers – right?

Over the years, I’ve attended many events that offer swag to attendees – it’s like getting bookbinder goody bags. I love bags of stuff – don’t you? On top of that, I’ve collected duplicates of printed promotions that come with supply orders.

In honor of my blogiversary, I’ve decided to share the love. I’m having a giveaway!

So what does the prize look like? Well, it’s about 2.5 pounds of goodness:

2 issues of Bound and Lettered and 1 issue of the Guild of Book Workers Newsletter

Printed promotions from the French Paper Company

  • Paper sample books of the Construction and Smart White lines from the French Paper Company and the publication Hidden Treasures: The History and Technique of Fore-edge Painting by Jeanne Bennett:

Paper sample books of the Construction and Smart White lines from the French Paper Company and the publication Hidden Treasures: The History and Technique of Fore-edge Painting by Jeanne Bennett:

4 metal stencils from Dreamweaver Stencils and a border mold by Ten Seconds Studio:

  • A marbled bookmark from Chena River Marblers, a small roll of bookcloth, a pack of bookplates, a leather key chain from Harmatan Leather, a tape measure key chain from Harmatan Leather,  a small bag of beads, and other randomness:

A marbled bookmark from Chena River Marblers, a small roll of bookcloth, a pack of bookplates, a leather key chain from Harmatan Leather, a tape measure key chain from Harmatan Leather,  a small bag of beads

Three rulers from Green Heron Book Arts, a batch of paper samples from Legion Paper, two paper bookmarks, a postcard, and a card from the Artist’s Book Ideation Cards by Barbara Tetenbaum and Julie Chen

So how do you enter? It’s easy – just comment on this post with your favorite quote or joke about books by midnight on April 10th. I’ll announce the winner (chosen at random) on April 11th.

Need inspiration? Here’s a quote to get you started:

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx

Paper Nerd Club Patch

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I collect bookbinding/paper-artsy badges. I’m pretty sure that my obsession stems from my stint in the Girl Scouts. I still have my sash and all the badges I earned.

So you must understand how excited I was when I discovered the Paper Nerd Club Patch in the pages of Stationery Trends magazine. The badge is the brainchild of Constellation & Co. They work primarily as letterpress printers.

Check out this beauty:

Paper Nerd Club patch by Constellation & Co.

It came on a letterpressed card, announcing my achievement as a Paper Nerd. Hooray for me!

Paper Nerd Club patch and letterpressed card by Constellation & Co.

The thing is huge, measuring three inches across. It is much bigger than a standard scouting badge.

Paper Nerd Club patch by Constellation & Co. and other badges

I am in love with it! I can’t wait to get it on my work apron. While I’m at it, I can finally sew on the two PBI badges that have been neglected for the past few years.

FYI – Constellation & Co. also makes a Type Geek Club Patch – I probably should have bought that one too. Next time!

Botanical Inklings – An awesome Kickstarter project

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Experienced letterpress printer and fellow book artist Sarah Mottaghinejad of Ink and Awl has launched a nifty Kickstarter project. Botanical Inklings will be a be a coloring book like no other – it’s going to be letterpress printed on watercolor paper.

This is just brilliant.

If you’re into coloring books, now you can use any media you want – watercolors, ink, über markers – oh yeah, this paper can take it.

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Sarah’s illustrations are inspired by her love for plant life and work in macro photography. Even without having colored them in, I think that the prints are totally frameable.

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The rewards Sarah’s offering are pretty fantastic. I went for the unbound package, which includes 16 different illustrations. You can also choose a handbound copy of the prints. And if that weren’t enough, one of the rewards offers you the opportunity to participate in the design of one of the prints – you choose a word and a few plants and Sarah will create a custom illustration for you.

So very cool.

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You can follow Sarah’s creative process on Instagram, where she’s been posting images of her sketches (including those custom-designed for backers).

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The Kickstarter campaign is running now through December 1st (until 2:59 a.m. EST, to be precise), so head on over and check out the project. And support it!

South Africa Scouts – Reader Badge

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts (here, here, here, and here), I have a special interest in bookbinding-related scout badges. I recently discovered the Reader Interest Badge from SCOUTS South Africa and while not a bookbinding badge, it does include a requirement that’s conservation-related (just in time for Preservation Week).

6. Discuss the care and repair of books with the examiner, and show the examiner some of your own books.

SCOUTS South Africa is a pretty cool organization – it’s open to children and adults, from age 7 – 30. Founded in 1907 by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, it encourages public service and environmental awareness through hands-on activities and projects.

Wonderful Wednesday

When my phone rings at 9:00 a.m., odds are that it’s a telemarketer. I quickly tell Mr. or Ms. Talker that I’d like to be removed from the calling list. I usually waste no time.

Good thing I didn’t launch into my shpiel today, because this was not the usual call. One of my customers called to tell me that she had a bunch of bookmaking books and supplies that she wanted to give to me (she was a teacher). Then she drove from an hour away to drop everything off – I was floored by her generosity!

The collection of books included many titles not already in my library, which is amazing because I have a lot of bookbinding books. In general, the books were teacher-focused – this is perfect for me because I’m on the Vermont Arts Council’s Teaching Artist Roster and I’m always looking to improve my teaching skills. I was especially thrilled to see a copy of Paul Johnson’s A Book of One’s Own, a book I’ve long had on my wish list.

Pile of bookbinding books

In addition to the books, I also received supplies and a number of kits for both bookbinding and papermaking. I’m looking forward to working on some of these with my niece.

Pile of bookmaking & papermaking kits

Whatever I decide not to keep, I’ll be giving those away to folks in the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. I figure that the least I can do is pay it forward.

Many thanks to Carol for the wonderful gift!

Website changes

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I’m making a few changes on my website and there’s dust flying all over the place!

The biggie is that I’ve opened up a store, so now you can buy my handmade books directly from me instead of going to Etsy. I’m still working out the bugs (my images are a bit blurry), but I’m already much happier with how people can view my work.

The other change involves my commenting system. I’ve added a WordPress plugin that will allow you to respond to blog posts via Email. What makes this interesting is that you can reply to your Email and it will carry your reply over to the blog post, all without you having to visit the post – just reply and you’re done!

In order for this to work, you just subscribe to my blog posts via Email. Some of you may already be subscribed to my posts via Feedburner – soon this won’t work anymore. What I’ve done is invited all of you Feedburner folks (and those who’ve commented on my blog directly) to join the new system.

If you received an Email from me about this, it’s not spam. It’s the real deal. If you have privacy concerns, feel free to check out my privacy policy.

If you have any questions or comments about the changes, just let me know. I’d love it if you’d continue being part of the Blue Roof Designs community!

Game of Thrones pop-up

While doing research for tomorrow’s pop-class, I found this video of a fantastic pop-up created by Matthew Reinhart.

I don’t watch Game of Thrones, but my husband does and I’ve seen the opening credits several times. This book nails it.

I’m not even going to try to describe its awesomeness, just check out the video:

If you’re a fan and want your own copy of Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros, you can buy it directly from the publisher.

Waterbury Artisans Boutique recap

This past weekend I showed my work at the Waterbury Artisans Boutique. The size of the venue required me to modify my booth, so things were arranged differently. I think I like my regular booth setup better.

Craft show booth setup

I love Waterbury and their artist community is very strong – I’m thrilled to continue being a part of it. Everyone is so talented and friendly. Not only does Waterbury offer fabulous art, but they also have a very lumpy and sweaty snowman who will allow you to hug him if you ask nicely.

Book artist Elissa Campbell with weird snowman

In the evening, the River of Light Lantern Parade made its way past our venue. This parade is truly one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. The entire community participates, including children – they make lanterns out of coffee filter paper and willow. This year’s theme was Creatures Under the Sea and the parade will filled with jellyfish, sharks, and fish. They used LED lights to light up the creatures from within.

Waterbury's River of Light Lantern Parade

If you’re ever in the Waterbury area in December, be sure to catch the parade. Hopefully, they will continue the tradition next year!

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