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.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Book 347 - "Mickey" Pocket Notebook - 2-Sewn-as-1-Binding

Here's a simple little two-sewn-as-one booklet/notebook that gets its charm from the paper. I found this red and black "Mickey" paper in the scrapbooking papers at JoAnns and grabbed it.

The two-sewn-as-one binding is really simple. I got it from Alisa Golden's book (you can see the book by clicking on the link in the right column). Basically, you fold up two signatures of text pages. You fold a cover with an extra "tab" folded inside the spine. Then you lay out both signatures, one with the valley fold on top of that little tab/flap, and the other with a mountain fold under the tab. Then you poke holes and stitch once through the whole sandwich. I used a simple 5-station pamphlet stitch.

Once you fold everything back into shape, you have a nice little book with two signatures. The hardest part is getting the spine fold to lie flat. I had to bone this down a lot then put it under some pretty heavy weights for awhile. I added a length of waxed linen thread stitched to the spine center to tie the book closed.

Handy little thing. Think I'll make one to carry around in my purse.

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