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, January 4, 2012

Book 307 - Christmas Guest Book- Recycled Placemat - Side Binding with Ribbon

Posting a little late for Christmas, but I did make this before Christmas. I just didn't have a working computer to post it. This side-bound guest book is made from a recycled placemat (or rather half a placemat) I found in Pier I on sale. It's some weird felted fiber, but I really don't have a clue as to what.

I cut the placemat in two lengthwise, cutting carefully around the flower shapes. Then I glued that onto a piece of heavy green card stock for a backing. Then I carefully cut the card stock backing to the shape of the flowered placemat. I cut plain white text paper to size, added a couple pieces of dark green paper for end papers, then punched two holes for the ribbon. I threaded the red ribbon through the covers and the pages and tied it in a knot, then a bow.

I added another pair of ribbons at the fore edge to tie the book shut.

Pretty simple really. This was one of those times I saw the placemat in the store and grabbed it, knowing exactly what I was going to do with it when I got it home. I usually have to live with these things for awhile, then stare at them awhile longer, before they tell me what they want to be. With this one i just knew immediately.


  1. Oh wow! You see "book" in things no one else would. And this is really pretty! :)

  2. what a lovely placemat - although it doesn't seem very practical as a placemat. Book cover seems more practical some how.