Wednesday, January 2, 2019


No worries if you have arachnophobia because this workshop does NOT involve creepy crawly hairy critters. The Spider book is a structure featured in Hedi Kyle's new book, The Art of the Fold. Dianne Byington will lead the workshop. The Spider Book has expandable space between pages to allow for added content. Dianne says it makes a nice little album and is fun to make. To construct our prototype we will use 65 lb. cardstock to create a 75% scale model.

All the pages are scored multiple times. You may use your favorite scoring method: clear gridded ruler, measuring rules (metal spacers), ruler or templates with your choice of an embossing stylus or pointed bone folder. The book is finished with a basic pamphlet stitch on a triangle spine. People wishing to decorate, embellish or fill pages using their favorite creative media are welcome to stay at the meeting longer.

Materials To Bring:

  • 6 pieces of cardstock, any color(s), for pages, 4 1/4" x 11" folded in half to size 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  • 2 pieces of cardstock for covers, 4 1/4" x 11" unfolded
  • 1 piece cardstock for spine, 4 1/4" x 6" folded in half to size 4 1/4" x 3"
  • 1 piece scrap paper 1/2" x 4 1/4" for a measuring jig (not a piercing jig)
  • double-sided tape, any width up to 1" (strength of tape holds pages to spine)
  • Perle cotton or linen thread, color to complement or blend with center page color (stitches are visible only on center page, and they hold pages together)

Tools To Bring:

  • self-healing cutting mat
  • scissors
  • bone folder
  • awl
  • thick magazine or phone book (easier to use than a piercing cradle for this triangular spine)
  • pencil & eraser
  • sewing needle
  • 4 binder clips (loaners will be available)
  • 4 scraps cardstock to protect your paper from binder clip dents
  • your favorite scoring tools: clear gridded ruler, measuring rules, or ruler; to be used with embossing stylus or pointed bone folder
  • OPTIONAL DECORATIVE ITEMS: rubber stamps & stamp pads, collage material, washi tape, colored pens/pencils, etc.

WHAT?   Hedi Kyle Spider Book
WHEN?   Saturday, Jan. 12 at noon
Where?   Eureka Methodist Church, Del Norte and F Streets
Bring?    See list above
Cost?      $.50
RSVP?    YES, by Jan. 6 to Dianne Byington - contact information is in the newsletter

Sunday, December 16, 2018


The annual NORBAG holiday exchange card event was held once again at the lovely home of Sandy V. Members brought wonderful goodies to share and everyone enjoyed seeing the very clever and beautiful cards in the exchange. Here are a few photos from the event and a sample of some of the great cards. The complete set of cards will soon be up on our Flickr site (see the link on the left) along with the colophons so be sure to check that out.

The cards are arranged and set up for each participant to collect.

Exchange participants fill their bags with one card from each pile.

After everyone has their set of cards we go through them together
 so that each artist can share their colophon. Out of town participants
 are represented by other members.

Everyone is admiring one of the cards.


More goodies to share.

A sample of three card/ornaments

Dolores G's interactive greeting.

We wish everyone a very healthy and happy 2019!

Sunday, December 9, 2018


Over the past twenty years North Redwoods Book Arts Guild members have created many cards to celebrate the winter holidays and some are now on display in the Humboldt County Library kiosk.
Colorful cards were made using a variety of materials and techniques: collage, watercolor, gouache, origami, folded stars, flexagon trees, calligraphy, computer art, hand marbled and decorated papers, dimensional folds, miniature books, pop-up, and paper sculpture.

One shelf is made up entirely of tree art, including a wish to “keep friendships evergreen”. Another shelf displays holiday trading cards, a volvelle holiday mood selector, and a calendar year of happy wishes.  A paper quilt card celebrates the art of Hmong New Year, Diwali, Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, The New Year, Chinese New Year, Tibetan New Year, and Winter Celebrations. One hand lettered card from 2008 reads: “There are many paths. As we walk one, may we honor all.”

Enjoy this holiday season
and have a Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


     If it's all beginning to look eerily familiar, you're right--it is. Once again, Sandy Vrem has graciously offered her home in Arcata for our NORBAG holiday card exchange festivities...and remember:
We invite all of our members to attend and be part of the fun. Unlike the monthly book exchanges, you need to sign up for the holiday card exchange by the end of October. If you missed the deadline, please make sure to come anyway. We don't want to miss seeing you.
Everyone is invited and asked to bring a goody to share. Finger foods are requested, and please, nothing too gooey since we'll be handling the beautiful cards. We will not have the library with us at this gathering, but there will be a box so you can return any books you may have checked out. Or, you may keep checked out books until the January meeting. The directions to Sandy's home will be in the newsletter.

Here's an example of some holiday cards from past exchanges.

This is how the cards are laid out ready to be picked up
 by the participants in the exchange.

Hope to see you there!

What?    Holiday card exchange and get-together
When?   Saturday December 8, at noon
Where?  Sandy Vrem's house, directions in the newsletter
Bring?    A treat to share
RSVP?    No
Cost?     None

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Rubber Stamping and Heat Embossing

This month, Becky McAllister led the workshop about stamping, embossing and using a texture machine. Kathy Warren assisted her. Becky gave us a very complete picture of the various types of stamps, inks and techniques for using stamps. And we even looked at a texture machine using texture envelopes.

This picture looks from the leader's table onto the book exchange. 
Our regular room was not available.
Becky and Kathy getting started.

Becky and Kathy brought lots and lots of stamps and other materials to try out.
 In the window behind the table are even more supplies.

Closest to the front are some samples, then the clear plastic bases for cling stamps and rubber stamps mounted on wood. There are water color markers for coloring directly on stamps.

Frequently our instructions describe how things are made. 
Becky did it slightly differently. She explained each of the different inks 
and techniques so it is much more a reference than instruction sheet. 
Rubber stamps and inks can be used in so many ways that the reference
 is really appreciated.

The fish images are to show us different ways to use masks (post-its).
 For example, if you have stamped a fish, and want to use other stamps close to it, 
make a second print on a sticky, cut it out and place it directly over the stamp. 
Then you can stamp or spray and not disturb your original image.

Different materials can be fun to try. These holiday stamps
 were done on tissue paper with sparkles.

These two samples couldn't be more different nor more lovely. On the left, a clear ink is stamped on a piece of glossy paper. After the image dries (in this case the reindeer), you rub a water based dye ink over the paper and the invisible ink resists much of the color. On the right are the results of using two different colors of watercolor brushes to apply color to a stamp. Then Becky applied a quick spritz of water over it. The result was very much like a watercolor and it can be of different colors.
We also did more conventional stamping with pigmented inks and heat guns. 

We even had the opportunity to use a Sizzix. Lots of "thank yous" 
go to Becky and Kathy. They gave each of us several types of papers
 to use in addition to all of their stamps and other materials.

We end with pictures of NORBAG members doing what they do best...laughing, talking, and playing.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Bainbridge Island Book Art

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) has a wonderful room dedicated to book art. Cynthia Sears has amassed a collection of books from artists all over the world as well as from local artists. The exhibit changes several times a year and features different themes and/or artists. The current display titled Bound to be Art, includes the work of Washington artists and some fabulous books from Iceland. Here is a small sample of some of these beautiful books.

NORBAG member Kathy Dickerson

NORBAG member Bonnie Julien

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


The November NORBAG workshop will be taught by Becky McAllister. First she will begin with general information on the various products for stamping and heat embossing, then move on to demonstrations of techniques. Next everyone will have an opportunity to try any and all of the techniques. Since the holidays are just around the corner (yikes!!) this workshop will provide great ideas to make cards, gift tags, and even wrapping paper. Also think about how you can incorporate them into pages for future books or interesting tags for book pockets. Becky will bring lots of rubber stamps, stamp pads, embossing powders, heat guns, and a variety of papers to try. Hope you will come to play!

Tools and materials to bring:

  • Ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Glue stick or double-sided tape
  • Cutting mat
  • Mouse pad or something soft like a magazine to lay under stamping
  • Scissors and x-acto knife
  • Waste paper
  • Stamp pads (if you already have them)
  • Markers and colored pencils
  • Cardstock and other papers for stamping

Our regular meeting room will not be available in November. We will be meeting in Room 8 (Fireside Room). Park on Sonoma St. between F & G Streets and go through the gate. There will be signs to direct you.

When:  Saturday, Nov. 10 at noon
Where: Eureka Methodist Church, see the room change information above
Bring:   See above list
RSVP:   YES, by Nov. 6 to Becky (contact information in the newsletter)