I’m mad about my tools. Either I’m looking for new ones, or looking for some storage solution for them. When I first came to Ireland 9 years ago (time has flown!), I left most of my clothes and shoes at home to make room for my books, photo albums and…craft tools. Among these tools is my set of screw drivers from when when I worked in Manila in 2000, bought from a street seller in Binondo. In the last 17 years I’ve moved places, left Manila and moved back home with my parents in Mindanao, then later moved in my apartment in town, and eventually left the Philippines to move all the way to Europe, still with my box of trusty screw drivers travelling along. I have more than screw drivers now to be honest, because one cannot have enough hobbies. True story.
Moving on, I’m pleased to announce I am stocking some basic bookbinding tools in the shop. If you know someone who loves bookbinding or is interested to learn, please share. It’s a limited stock, pop me a message if you need more than what’s listed.
Thank you, have a lovely week! xx
I finally got around to posting these pictures, these journals are some of what I’ve made this month.
Bookbinding method: Traditional
Fabric: Linen+cotton mix
Name, written freehand and then embroidered over
Paper: 120gsm, 100% post-consumer waste, unbleached
Bookmarks: Vintage lace and printed cotton
The last two weeks were really good because I was busy, on top of a couple of days of glorious sunshine! Really delighted to receive a few custom orders for handmade journals.
While I was organizing my paper stash, I saw some old paper in bright yellow and pale green colours which I have kept for a good while now. I found these from my husband’s box of documents while we were moving his stuffs from Amsterdam. Such a waste to bin it as it has a nice, smooth texture and a musty smell of old paper, and that made me decide to bind the sheets into a journal. They had punched holes on one side intended for binders, so I used a steel ruler to tear an inch off on all four sides of the paper.I then folded them in half and tucked into signatures which I then bound using coptic stitching. For the covers, I used a thick board covered with a book cloth and reinforced the holes with small metal eyelets. I’m still partial about the eyelets, it has to match the thickness of the board perfectly for it to work flawlessly. I don’t know, I have to keep trying I guess.
I love kraft paper and brown paper and everything natural! I used this scrumptious 250gsm kraft scrapbooking paper to cover these two custom journals. They’re A5 in size with 60 pages of 120gsm heavy and smooth unbleached recycled paper made from 100% post-consumer waste. My paper supplier is a small family-owned company in Dublin supplying quality, ecological products for the last 26 years and it has always been a pleasure to buy from them.
These coptic stitched journals open flat, they’re perfect as sketchbooks too, or even as calligraphy practice books.
If you’re interested to order, pop me a message here.
Thank you for reading, enjoy the rest of your day!
Team Etsy Ireland is organizing a craft fair at the Green Door Market on the 15th of March 2015. If you’re in Dublin, please come and visit us!
We will be there ourselves with our craft supplies and new handmade notebooks/journals. We’re looking forward for our first market with Etsy Ireland team!
Here are some of the notebooks and journals we’re taking with us: