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.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Book 244-A Group of Little Blank Booklets - Ribbon Bound w/ Pamphlet Stitch

Today's "book"  is actually seven (count 'em-7!) books. I did a group of seven pamphlet stitch booklets, but they were so quick and easy, I just felt too guilty counting them as seven days so here they are, Day 244.

I was in Jo-Ann's craft store the other day, rooting around in the piles of scrapbooking papers, looking for likely papers for books. I found a few pads of 5x7" paper in pretty patterns. I also found one pad of cardstock with peel-off adhesive backing. That just screams "quick and easy" so it was too hard to pass up.

For each little booklet, I took a sheet of the pretty paper, found a coordinating color cardstock, peeled off the backing paper, and stuck 'er down. A few needed a tad bit of trimming. This became the cover. Then I scored a line in the center where the spine would be and folded the cover in half and boned it down. I cut some ivory text paper to size, folded 12 sheets in half, nested them into a single signature. I poked a pair of holes in the spine and a matching pair of holes in the cover and bound the whole thing with a piece of very narrow satin ribbon in a coordinating color.

After tying a knot to keep the binding from coming loose, I tied a pretty bow, knotted that, then wrapped the remaining ribbon around  the book and tied a second bow to keep the booklet closed.

These little booklets are pocket sized, so handy for odd notes, phone numbers, jotting down quick ideas. I also think they would make very nice bridesmaid gifts or wedding favors.