A Book a Day? What's Up With That?

Hi, and welcome to this year-long project. So what's this all about and how did it happen, you might ask. In mid 2007, artist Noah Scalin decided to make a skull out of anything he could find, every day for a year. It stretched him in ways he never imagined, as an artist, a writer and a person. His experience turned into a blog that went viral, and then a book.

Others have picked up on the idea: 365 Hearts, 365 Masks, 365 Bears drawn on a cellphone, 365 paper napkin mustaches.
I wanted to play, too, and I chose books. I love books, I know a bit about making books (thanks to my talented book-maker sister, Marilyn Worrix), and they're broad enough in definition to give me a lot of creative leeway.

The whole point is not really the books. The idea is to stretch myself in many ways as an artist and a person, to set up a discipline, stick with it and see what that teaches me.

I hope you'll join with me and follow along on the journey chronicled here, and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Book 161 - Triscuit Box Recycled Cross-Structure Journal

Here's another cross-structure binding, this time using an empty Triscuit box. I love these crackers, especially these parmesan/garlic ones. I end up with a lot of these empty boxes.

The cross structure binding was invented by Carmencho Arregui, a Spanish bookmaker living and working in Italy. I learned it rom Alisa Golden's "Making Handmade Books." But the other day I found Arregui's website and learned that he has come up with several variations on this binding. I want to try them all.

I wanted this to be quick & dirty, so I didn't line the inside of the box. I just cut it to the cross-structure pattern, stitched the signatures over the tabs and glued the tabs down inside. This is not a hard book at all once you get the idea clear in your head.

It's late, so... g'night.


  1. Not exactly sure what cross structure binding is, but this is another winner. ;)

  2. I'm loving your blog; it is very inspiring. I've been wondering what paper cutter you use. I know how important it is to be accurate when cutting and I have trouble with that sometimes.

    Thanks for sharing your creative journey.

    Patty G

  3. Hi Patty - T hanks for the nice comments and welcome aboard. I have a humongous paper cutter my sister bought at the Goodwill for 20 bucks and gave me (because SHE has a giganormous hydraulic one that makes me green!) I can't find a brand name, but it's got the number SD-300. It is a very solid guillotine type. You put the paper stack under the blade, turn a wheel to bring a arm down across it to hold it firmly in place then pull down the handle. The blade actually comes down straight, not at an angle. It does need a little adjustment as it tends to create a verrrrry slight single you don't want. But it is a HUGE step up from cutting a stack of paper with an X-acto knife, which is what I was doing before.

  4. Rita - Here are a couple of links to give you a clearer idea of the cross-stucture binding.


  5. Gives me a better idea. Thanks!

  6. Indeed that is a professional paper cutter. Love the trisket books.