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.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Book 290 - "Dogopoly" -2 - Recycled Game Board Box Journal/Blank Book - Single Needle Coptic Stitch

Can't seem to get away from coptic stitch journals and board games. I do love this "Dogopoly" game--a Monopoly clone for dog lovers. This one actually uses the lid from the box the game came in, which shows a smaller version of the entire board. Cute, no?

I cut the board image from the box cover and lined it with a pretty pearly moss green textured card stock. For the back, I sandwiched a piece of tag board between a piece of white card stock for the inside and another piece of the green. I folded six signatures, poked half-a-dozen holes for sewing stations and bound the journal with a single-needle coptic stitch, or chain stitch binding, with black waxed linen thread.

Done. And cute.


  1. I never knew they had other versions of Monopoly. So strange...and funny. Hey, my son is 37, no grandkids...been a long time since I looked at games--LOL!

    You must have boxes of books by now!!

  2. Rita - I have them all out, all 290 of them,. Allen keeps finding more shelves for them. I'll have to take a photo to post. They do make a pretty awesome display!

  3. Oh Wow!! Yes! I want to see! Please! Please! ;)

  4. Hi Donna!
    I found your blog through another blog and turned it into my favorites. I love your blog, it is so inspiring. Your blank books are very beautiful and creative.
    I have been making some blankbooks as a hobby and I think your project is wonderful.

  5. Lucia - Welcome aboard. It's the people who follow my progress here that really keep me going, so I'm delighted to have you along. I'd love to know what blog you saw this one mentioned on.

  6. Oh, that is so cute and great that you can get the whole game on the cover. Yes, Rita, there is a Monopoly knock-off for EVERYTHING, like cities, sports, pets, etc.