Friday, April 27, 2012

Carbon Free Thinkers Festival in Halifax

Following on the heals of Earth Day, is the Carbon Free Thinkers Festival, here in Halifax tomorrow. The festival includes a youth conference on climate change and sustainability, as well as a market of local green businesses and artisans, demonstrating and selling their work. I'll be there doing some green bookbinding! If you're in Halifax, be sure to stop by the Dalhousie University student union building tomorrow, April 28th.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Today is Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day. There are simple little changes we can make that will help ourselves, our environment, and our whole planet. Maybe today is a good day to make a small change to your routine that will help create a healthier environment. Visit for some suggestions on how to make it happen.
And since it's earth day, here's a little random selection of books I've made from recycled materials, pulled from my Flickr pool.

(Or you can click to see all the books I have tagged as "recycled.") Tell me if you are making any changes today!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Case Binding Video Tutorial

I get a lot of questions from people who are starting to do some bookbinding and I try to give easy answers; but, technique is something that is hard to describe in an email message. One question I get, is how to case in a textblock and keep the endpapers straight. First of all, practice many times. It's easier the hundredth time. I thought it might be helpful show a video, so here is a clip of me as I case in a text block. If this step is one that you struggle with, maybe you will see something helpful in my technique. No guarantees, though. Sometimes my endpapers are still crooked!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

This week: Half Price Sale

Happy Easter and Happy Spring. I'm having a sooper dooper Spring sale and everything is 50% off in my Etsy shop this week. The prices are already reduced on all the ready-to-ship journals.

It's a perfect time to stock up on some gifts! Upcoming gift-giving occasions that you might want to consider:
  • Mother's Day
  • Teacher's gifts
  • Graduation Gifts
  • Father's Day
  • Really early Christmas shopping?
Also birthdays or paper anniversaries! Journals really work well for any situation. It's true! Visit my shop, MyHandboundBooks, on Etsy before the end of the day on Sunday, April 15th to get 50% off.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Edible Books

The first day of April has been the day for Edible Book Festivals for over a decade, and they happen all over the world. Although I didn't have the pleasure of participating in an event this year, I thought I would share some links to help spread the word about the "edible book"!

International Edible Book Festival main website

Photos from Edible Book Festival 2012 - University of Kansas Libraries

Seattle Edible Book Festival, with photos each year starting in 2005.

University of Texas at Austin Edible Book Festival, photo galleries since 2005

One of my all time favorites discovered on Flickr a few years ago:
Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Bread

Or just do a quick Google Images Search for Edible Book Festival images. You will find galleries of images from all over the world. For everyone who was fortunate to part of an event this year, I hope it was great fun!

And here are a few I've done in previous years: