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.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Book 299 - Recycled Book - "Junior League Thrift Shop and Worm Ranch" - Blank Journal

This book cover just made me laugh. I had to use it even though the book shows a little wear, including one water spot on the front. This pre-loved little book is "The Junior League Thrift Shop and Worm Ranch." I know absolutely nothing else about it. In fact, I cut the covers off ages ago and no longer have the spine or the book block, so I don't even know when it was published.

Anyway, I followed my normal routine. I bound the raw edges of the cut off covers with maroon washi tape. The inner liners were damaged, so I added some dark red decorative paper that mirrors the book cloth texture of the covers. The folded signatures were bound to the covers with a single-needle coptic stitch with maroon waxed cotton thread.

I just think it's funny and I imagine someone will like it enough to buy it once it goes up for sale.


  1. That is the strangest title! I tried to google it and got just your blog--LOL! Reminds me of a record my dad had when we were kids called "I got glue on my saddle and I can't get off'a my horse". We broke it. :(

  2. Now, that is a keeper book. You are coming up with so many books, it has to be reducing your stored up clutter! If I saw that cover, I would have jumped on it too, its most likely a vanity press book. They can be quite quirky...lol...

  3. What a fun book! What do you use to finish off the spine edge of recycled books?

  4. For most of these recycled books-into-journals, I finish off the cut spine edge with colored and/or patterned washi tape. It's a paper masking tape. I bought mine on etsy, but you can find it many places online. Just do a search for "washi."

  5. It's lovely
    thank you for sharing all your amazing ideas, I'm inspired!