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Cordebra’s 2004 Journal

Another vid from Cordebra on YouTube. This is a journal made in 2004, shuts like a moleskine but is more colorful on the outside.

Cordebra’s Handmade Journal

A little blurry but a nice little vid of a handmade journal filled with art. Love the Hedgehog binding and the finished journal. It’s quite nice.

Stay as You are inspiration Animation

This is a neat little animation featuring a notebook as a backdrop. I’m pretty sure it’s only MADE to look like stop motion animation but tis’ pretty sweet anyway. I liked it quite a bit.

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More Moleskine Inspiration

Another moleskine brand sketchbook. I like this one too.

Moleskine Inspiration

Check out this cool Moleskine brand Japanese fold notebook. I particularly like the smoke treatment.

Inspiration Saturday: InkSmear Journal Process

A great journal process video by InkSmear on youtube. Chekc it out:

Book Review Monday: Celebrate Your Creative Self: Mary Todd Beam

Celebrate Your Creative Self (CYCS from here on) is a book that is for "artists" it's supposed to help you unleash your inner artist. There are 25 exercises in this oversize book that if you are in an artistic rut that if you read and DO them that can help get you out of that rut. (Sort of like when you get your car stuck on ice and you use your car mats to get unstuck…) The key here is that the ideas within are EXERCISES. That means you have to get your materials out and use them. That's the hard part.

The exercises are easy and can get you working sort  of in that automatic writing style. Once you get going you "get going."

This book is easily found just about anywhere and is easy to read but it's a studio book and not a bed side book.

I give it 3/5 binder's needles and 1 paint covered thumb up, only because I like my art instruction separate from my inspiration. This is a great book if you like the 2 mixed. You can get it here.

Here's a video from Millande with a short clip about the book. Turn your volume up, otherwise you won't be able to hear her audio.

Inspiration Saturday: Willowing: Self Love

Willowing does and art journal page and talks about self love.


Christmas Wish List for a Begining Binder

So you came to my blog looking for items to buy that
bookbinder on your Christmas list? Well here’s what I would get that person,
from a bookbinder to a bookbinder:

#1 A selection of fine Irish Linen threads. There are
several things to consider when buying thread, size and color. A good size to
go with if the person does bindings where you can see the thread (exposed spine
bindings) is 12/3 and wonderfully enough JohnNeilBooks.com has a great
selection of colors in that size. I’d go with the basics: natural, black and
red. It’s a good starter selection.

#2 A selection of knives, sounds odd under the Christmas
tree or wrapped for Chanukah but a nice knife will last a lifetime and get
hundreds of hours of use. I’m particular to a few knives myself- my Olfa brand
click knife. The body is steel wrapped in plastic. It’s comfortable and
strong. Next on my list is a simple box
cutter. You could decorate the body of the cutter with paint, fabric etc. These
are available at any home supply store or even Walgreens. Lets not leave out
the illustrious exacto knife. If you person has been crafting for any amount of
time they probably have one, but you could get them a new fancy handle or a box
of 100 blades.

#3. Bone folders. I’m not sure if this ranks up there with a
knife in terms of oddness under the tree but my bone folder has seen hours of
use and is one of the few things that I’ll search for and clean off my bench to
find. There are a bunch of different shapes out there but the basic 8 inch or 6
inch folder with one pointed end is the best.

#4 Instruction books. Often bookbinding books are hard to
find. Barnes and Noble has a notoriously crappy selection with Borders
following them up with a just slightly better selection. Check online for
better selections. Alisa Golden’s books are fantastic; Shareen Laplantz’s books
are also awesome. If the binder is more advanced go all out and get them some
Keith Smith, just be aware that the rest of the holidays will be spent intently
pouring over the books. (Keith Smith books are like pr0n for the active
binder.) I just purchased a new beginner’s book by Ester Smith. It’s a good
book to start with has great pictures and a lot of diagrams.