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I feel better now...

My Sweetie's Birthday

...I actually got two birthday prezzies done for my sweetie and about half through with the last one, AND I no longer have that "rapidly depleted journal" problem I mentioned yesterday. I finally got around to binding a couple--I'd made the signatures ages ago, and bought book cloth and new glue, but just hadn't had time to put them all together.

Both are sampler journals, again, with white, cream, tan and black paper in them--watercolor and drawing paper, both. I made one for me, and one for my oldest friend whose birthday was ONLY month before last, while I was in Virginia. Hey, what's the hurry, eh??

I made my usual contingent of mistakes, but as always, learned a bit more, and did a better job on hers...I need to quickly bind about 20 more and I might actually begin to understand how this is done. My kingdom for a bookbinding class nearby! Wish I could go to Minneapolis and take one from my friend Roz Stendahl, who makes gorgeous ones...check her out at http://rozworks.com .

And of course, remember how there was always that one kid in school that made a huge mess when working on something? Floor, tabletop, chairs, counters, clothes, fingers, everything? That's me. How on earth do people bind books without getting glue all over? I had to stop and wash my hands about 5 times...

I tried the heavy-duty PVA glue that's widely recommended for bookbinding, but I missed my home made flour-and-water paste...I like the way it handles, and it's traditional...may have to make some more before my next foray...

The painting above is my darling kateslover's little vintage Scotty trailer.   He will probably not be keeping it when he moves here, so he asked if I'd paint it for him...we didn't get to go camping with it, so I invented a campsite!   I painted it he last day I was in Virginia in June, sitting out with my first cup of coffee, listening to the birds and the sound of the breeze in the pine, but I didn't get to finish it.  So...happy birthday, love!

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(Anonymous)

Lovely scene and perfect for the camper.
How are you with Scotch tape? Masking tape? I always buy extra tapes and glues so there will enough to use after the routine of making a mess of the sticky stuff and me. Could it be a talent?
Jenny
Packaging tape just kills me! It sticks to me, to itself, to the edge of the desk, and only THEN does it consent to stick to the package!

I think you're right, it's a talent.*G*

(Anonymous)

Journals and Journalling

I keep my journals (hand-written, no drawings) in spiral notebooks issued by various Missouri universities (though right now I am using one from the University of Oregon). I don't know how I got on that tangent, but now I MUST use a college notebook for each new journal. There have been times when I didn't have a new journal as the last pages of the old journal were being consumed. I start to write very tiny characters, and I write into the margins. Anything to buy time until I can get a new journal. Being so much older and wiser now, I always have at least one new journal in reserve when ever I start another. It's just too terrifying otherwise!

Pablo of Roundrockjournal.com

Re: Journals and Journalling

LOL! Yes, exactly! That's why I went back and added the landscape to the too-blank page in the current one!

I bind my own because I like picking paper I enjoy working on, and experimenting. The new one is a sampler, and the current one has paper I really turned out NOT to like much, so looking forward to finishing now!

(Anonymous)

The little trailer looks like it's just bursting with happiness and love. What a beautiful tribute to it's little soul. I love the imaginary campsite too. What a perfect spot. I admire you journal binders. I just want to grab one and go but none of them I have to grab are really what I want so I may eventually just have to make one.
Isn't it cute?! The teardrop trailer's the one we actually seem to use, though...

Treacherous Teardrop

And there are lots of simple ways to bind journals, too! Get a book on the subject and check it out! I love having paper that's nice to work on...
The little trailer looks like it's just bursting with happiness and love. What a beautiful tribute to it's little soul. I love the imaginary campsite too. What a perfect spot. I admire you journal binders. I just want to grab one and go but none of them I have to grab are really what I want so I may eventually just have to make one.

Wow

It must be cool to have a whole book made entirely by you and filled up with your own artwork (especially artwork as fantastic as yours). I just started a blog/illustrated-journal...yours makes mine seem quite pathetic. Lol.

Re: Wow

No way! Your very own journal is NEVER going to be pathetic, it will be a treasure. But thanks for the kind words!

(Anonymous)

You adorable thing! What a very cool sketch! I know he must be so pleased.
The trailer reminds me of my little Carolina wrens somehow. Must be the perky derriere.
xoox,
Xoxa
He was indeed, touched and pleased, Miss Xoxa! And *giggle!!* I love the perky derriere concept. (Would that I had one.*GG*)

(Anonymous)

This is such a nice painting. I love your new journals too. How did you bind them?
I need to make a bunch too. Mine just seem so askew when finished, and never lay flat after I fill them.
Thank you! See if you can find Aldren Watson's book on bookbinding--it's a Dover publication, and excellent! Mine are askew too, but I'm getting better with practice! Do you try to glue things in, too? I do a little, but if you put much in, it makes the book too fat for its binding...