Sunday, May 26, 2013

New Techniques

I've been desperately hunting the internet for book binding tutorials. YouTube has some great videos and Pinterest has some good resources, but I seem to be struggling to find some really good information! Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places, I don't know. But, I did find Becca Making Faces. She has some fantastic tutorials on all sorts of variations of the Japanese Stab technique on her blog! So this week, I have practiced a couple of them.

This technique is called Woven and I just adore this bind! I made a few mistakes on this practice piece, but I'm currently working on a new one which is looking very nice, if I do say so myself!

This technique is called Snake Eyes. A very easy bind.

So, this is what has kept me out of mischief this past week. As well as designing a few new covers too. Of course I will be posting images of the finished products! If you would like to check out some more of these amazing binding techniques, pop over to Becca Making Faces. There are definitely plenty more I'll be tring out in the very near future.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 20, 2013

For Sale!

Well! I finally took a plunge and decided to sell some of my hand made books. I've gotta start somewhere right? So, right now, on my Facebook page, I have posted some photos of the little notebooks and journals I currently have for sale. Hopefully proceeds from these books will pay for some much needed tools and supplies needed to make more books. This is a venture I'm really hoping will do well. We shall just have to see...

Some cute little Japanese Washi Paper covered Notebooks

A beautiful Japanese Washi Paper covered Journal. This is a Japanese Stab Binding

If you would like to purchase, or even just have a look at some of the hand made books available, please pop over to Paisley and Brown Paper on Facebook. I'd love your feedback!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


...Whaaat? I hear you ask. What on earth is WOYWW? It's 'What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday', an idea originated by Stamping Ground. I've seen a couple of my other blogging friends do posts on their own blogs about this, so I thought that this week I would give it a try! If you would like to take a look at their work desks, click here for Jana's desk, and here for Gabriele's desk. So, this one below, is my work desk.

My work desk is generally very messy, so today I tidied up (as like my housework, I generally only tidy up when I'm having guests over, so the same applies to my work desk)! Many of my regular readers know that I am very much into book binding at the moment, so I have my current projects out for you today. A book I am in the process of binding, some floral mandala covers that I've designed and this morning, I bought a beautiful piece of Japanese Washi paper that I will using for one of my Japanese Stab bound books. I shall, of course, post pictures of all these books when they are finished.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed taking a peek at my work bench today and I hope to join in with more WOYWW in the future! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! And click HERE if you would like to find out more about WOYWW and participate too.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

MORE Carving Block Fun!

Last week I posted about a prototype stamp I had made (for some of my hand made books) using a rubber carving block. (See post HERE). Many of my wonderful readers, and Facebook page followers, requested that I show some more of the carvings that I had done, so I have scrounged around for some photos of the carvings that I have done recently. Thank you all so much for all your wonderful feedback on my hand made books and carved stamps. It really means a lot. I do hope you enjoy the following photos of some of my stamps, and your feedback is always appreciated.

It all started when I found a random plastic bag in my craft stash. Upon opening it, I found my old palette knives from high school, and a set of lino cutting tools (that I was meant to return, but never did... 20 years ago...!)

One of the first carvings I did.

These were created for Mail Art projects. The A was a little personalised logo I made for the back of postcards and ATCs, etc.

I don't have this one anymore. I decided to try and 'modify' it after I took the photo and ended up gouging a big chunk out of it.

My 8 year old daughter wanted a personal stamp too, so she did the lettering for her name and I cut it out for her. Then I made the cute little mushroom to go with it. 

This leaf is one of my favourite stamps.

Now I need to buy another carving block! When I do, I shall be sure to post more photos of the creations. In the meantime, thank you for stopping by my blog!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Carving Block Fun.

Recently a friend on Etsy showed me some of her eraser carvings she has been doing for a friend. She had stamped all these wonderful little cards with them and they really looked amazing! I immediately started conjuring up ideas on how I could implement this technique into my book making. I had bought a rubber carving block some time ago and has carved most of it into some cute little stamps to use in my art journaling. Today I dragged out what was left of the block and created a 'prototype' stamp to go on the back of my handmade books. I'm not sure I'm completely happy with this design and I'd like to tweak it a little more before I commit to a final stamp. Lucky carving blocks are so inexpensive because I think I will be coming up with lots of ideas!

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