Tuesday, 15 September 2009

A look inside one of my notebooks

I have a number of notebooks I have made that I use for myself, usually books I have been unhappy with in some way and didn't want to sell or give away. Here is one:

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This isn't the original cover - I stencilled the original but always thought it was ugly, so I covered it with some old stamps I had on hand. It's still not finished - I think it needs a little more spontaneity in the top half and I'm waiting to acquire some stamps to fix that. I keep this particular book at work and take it with me into meetings to doodle in, because doodling sharpens my mind and helps me focus on the subject at hand. Here are some scans of what I have put inside the book so far (click on thumbnails to see full size):

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Some are works in progress, others are fully finished.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, I found your blog yesterday and was really surprised because I had no idea that there are people here in Iceland who make that kind of books! I googled so many times and found nothing. I live in Landeyjar and do exactly the same as you - I bind books. I use the same techniques i.e. longstich, coptic, hardbound, leatherbound etc. I sell most of them in Hella Handverkshusi. Your books are wonderful. Kveðja, Izabela

Bibliophile said...

Thank you, Izabela. I saw some of your books in the Handverkshús in Hella this summer and was thrilled to know that someone else was doing this kind of bookbinding here in Iceland. Your books are lovely and beautifully made and I hope you have had some good sales - you deserve it.

Anonymous said...

It was extremely interesting for me to read the article. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything connected to them. I would like to read more soon.

iHanna said...

What a beautiful notebook cover - I love to alter notebooks like that but never thought to use stamps, that will be my next one for sure! :-) Love your doodles too, specially the bird one!

Bibliophile said...

Thank you, iHanna. I hope you will post a picture on the blog once it's done. I would love to see how you approach it.

Terry Korzeniewski said...

Hi!
I just wanted to ask you where you got your paper for the signatures from? I'm having a hard time finding good quality paper for my books, and yours are turning out very nicely!

-Terry

Bibliophile said...

This particular book I made with white sketching paper which is slightly thicker than regular photocopy paper. I have used photocopy paper as well, but for drawing it has to be at least 80 g paper.

Bibliophile said...

p.S. I have also used rough-textured sketching paper, which gives one excellent torn edges.
I get the paper from stationery shops and artist supply shops. Some printeries sell paper in various colours by the ream, which is good if you plan to bind a lot of blank books.

transit said...

very cool!

Bibliophile said...

Thanks :-)

Richard Norman said...

Great idea to use stamps to cover your notebook. Ime a full time bookbinder and I love such originality, thank you for sharing it with us.

Richard