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.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Book 326 - A Little Jotter/Notebook for Sitting in Starbucks - Recycled Cup Holder - Stab Binding

With no computer, I've been spending a lot of time in Starbucks, where I can connect my Kindle on their wi-fi connection. So the last time I picked up one of the cardboard cup holders there, I realized... of course... that I had another book in my hands.

The ubiquitous green mermaid on brown kraft paper was a simple one to do. I just cut the cup holder in two pieces and glued them to some gold card stock for extra stability. I traced the curved shape of the covers to make a pattern and cut out a bunch of pages from "grande latte" colored text paper. I stacked the pieces up and clamped it with binder clips so I could punch holes along the spine edge.

I stitched the little notebook using a classic Japanese stab binding with brown waxed cotton thread. Pretty cool little book, and you'd probably get some attention if you pulled it out in a Starbucks to jot down an idea or a phone number.

(I sometimes can't help but wish they were all this quick and easy. I don't seem to be very good at doing quick and easy. I start out that way, then I have to complicate things. Hours later, I beat myself up for not just doing QUICK AND EASY!)


  1. Clever, clever you! This is really cute. :)

  2. I like this curved book, it feels more natural for your hand to write in an arch. I have always liked that image too.

  3. Well, I had to come back and let you know about a book from a paper sample cup from T Joe's

    Remove the bottom and cut between the awesome graphics and you have the same size and shape as this wonderful gem.

    Thank you for alerting my eye.

    How about those plastic credit card size coupons from the mail box, or even used up gift cards, and old credit cards as book covers.

    Why even your old old drivers license as a book cover would be a so personal gift. It is amazing how well they look as you get older. (And I felt was so ugly back then.)

  4. Frances, you make me want to get in the car and make the long drive to Vegas just to go to Trader Joe's (not that it's not worth it). They have so many really cool graphics on their products. And I love the credit card idea. I have thought about doing that with casino player's club cards. They are even prepunched in one corner! And I have LOTS of them!

  5. I needed to make a booklet using recycled materials for a swap. I saw a coffee cup my husband brought home, and snatched the cup holder away to make a book like this (different binding). Thanks for the inspiration! (I gave you credit for the design inspiration :^)

  6. Tricia - Glad I was able to help you with a quick idea. I certainly wish I had more QUICK ideas!