Handmade Books for Everyday Adventures: 20 Bookbinding Projects for Explorers, Travelers, and Nature Lovers

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The handmade books presented here are meant to spark outings and offer creative ways for you to explore your personal style and interests: Make treasure hunts even more special with a personalized Treasure Hunt Collection Bag and Notebook. Take notes at the beach with a Waterproof Book made with Tyvek pages. Make a canvas-covered Camping Songbook to take with you to the campsite. In this collection of twenty Japanese bookbinding projects, traditional techniques meet contemporary style, from easy-to-fold accordion...
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Overview

The handmade books presented here are meant to spark outings and offer creative ways for you to explore your personal style and interests: Make treasure hunts even more special with a personalized Treasure Hunt Collection Bag and Notebook. Take notes at the beach with a Waterproof Book made with Tyvek pages. Make a canvas-covered Camping Songbook to take with you to the campsite. In this collection of twenty Japanese bookbinding projects, traditional techniques meet contemporary style, from easy-to-fold accordion books to the intricate Japanese stab-stitch bindings.

Book artist Erin Zamrzla makes bookbinding easy and unintimidating. Her clear step-by-step instructions make even the more complicated stitches easy to re-create. Information on the basics of bookbinding—including terminology, tools, and techniques—is included, and many projects encourage the creative use of ordinary and recycled materials.

The projects are:

Everyday Outings

   • Grocery List Pad
   • Lunch Box Notes
   • Necklace Book
   • Cross-Stitch Cover
   • Write Your Own Story Journal

Outdoor Play

   • Treasure Hunt Collection Bag and Notebook
   • Little League Score Book
   • Waterproof Book
   • Bicycle Book
   • Texture Collector

Nature Excursions

   • Observation Journal
   • Leaf and Flower Press
   • Fishing Log
   • Stargazing Log
   • Camping Songbook

Road Trips

   • Tiny Tickets Memorabilia Book
   • Photo Notes
   • Notes from the Road Postcard Book
   • Fold-Out Map Booklet
   • Things to Check Out

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
10/15/2013
Zamrzla (At Home with Handmade Books) specializes in creating unique hand-bound books through Japanese binding techniques, and this collection of projects made from repurposed or recycled materials highlights these sturdy hand-sewn bindings. This title emphasizes the use of repurposed, and sometimes unexpected, materials, from different-size scraps of paper bound together to make items such as a magnetic notepad or a pocket-size notebook with baseball cards, bicycle inner tubes, or boarding passes as the cover. Each of the 20 projects includes step-by-step directions for assembly, and a lengthy appendix covers the various binding techniques. Zamrzla encourages crafters to remix the projects as needed and to select the method that they deem best for their needs. VERDICT The lovely presentation will attract those interested in bookmaking, and the detailed yet accessible instructions will help beginners get off to a good start with this fascinating craft.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611800081
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 472,216
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Erin Zamrzla earned BFA and MFA degrees in graphic design from Fort Hays State University. Her creations have been featured in Ready Made magazine, and on Design*Sponge, www.coudal.com, www.boingboing.net, www.craftzine.com, www.makezine.com, and www.NOTCOT.org. She is currently designing, painting, and binding books from her home in Santa Monica, California. See more of her work at www.erinzam.com.
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