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, December 28, 2011

Book 301 - Manila Envelope Book - Recycled Envelope, Pamphlet Stitch

Here's a simple little thing but it makes a clever and handy notebook for a pocket or purse. I used a long, narrow manila envelope for the cover, folded it in half and cut the flap. I made two signatures from text paper and stitched them to the envelope cover with a pamphlet stitch with red cotton thread. Then I added another piece of red thread at the spine for a tie.

I cut two circles of colored card stock in two sizes and stacked them for the "button" for the thread to tie around.

The sliced-open envelope flaps form a pocket on each side of the cover, so this would be handy for keeping receipts, tickets, notes, etc. while jotting down ideas on the pages.


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