Thursday, October 23, 2008

New journals, now with LINED paper

I've begun making lined paper for some of my journals. I modeled it after lined moleskines. The line weight is quite light and there are four lines per inch. I offer lined paper in three paper types:
- 25% cotton, 32lb, 30% post-consumer recycled, WHITE
- 25% cotton, 32lb, 30% post-consumer recycled, IVORY
- 100% post-consumer recycled, 24lb, WHITE

I've been making the journals entirely with lined paper and then also I've been experimenting with alternating lined and blank pages. The alternating format I think is quite useful, personally. I find that it's great for an idea book, I can sketch some of my ideas for new sewing techniques and patterns and keep notes along side. I'm sure you creative DIYers have a million ideas for how to use these alternating journals that I haven't thought of, so please leave some comments or email me with how you would use it.

I've also created a very simple month-at-a-glance section that I can add to any journal. It also comes in the same three kinds of paper as the lined.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Mini Books

This is a series of mini books I've been working on. They're great little practical and fun pieces that are great for tossing in your purse, backpack or laptop back, keeping next to the bed, in the kitchen or at the office for to-do lists, those profound yet passing thoughts, or spontaneous sketching and doodling. They are approximately the size of a check book. The covers are sturdy but pliable and the book block is made of 100lb premium Strathmore bristol illustration board, perfect for pencil or ink (even sharpies will not bleed or show through.) The pages are perforated for easy removal or using as a business card on the fly. Each book features either a lovely, textural 'caterpillar' stitch stretching from back to front cover or an elastic or button closure. The elastic covers work in the same manner as a moleskine.

I'm having a lot of fun with these -- using up some of my favorite paper remnants and playing with lots of color. They are for sale on my etsy site, for $15 each or $50 for a grab bag of four. The grab bag will have two with caterpillars and two with closures. Keep them in mind for the holidays... they're perfect gifts for co-workers, white elephant gifts, stocking stuffers or those last minute gifts even the most organized of us occasionally need. Hey, you might even need one for yourself to keep track of all your holiday shopping! (And yes, I'm aware of my shameless self-promotion here... please forgive me.)

They are archival quality, exposed spine sewn with a two needle Greek across the spine method, with waxed Irish linen thread.