Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Directions to New Meeting Place

Note: Workshop Information is the post below this one.

Happy Navigating! Thanks to Bobbie for the maps.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bow Tie Workshop

with Beth McIlraith

Beth's beautiful bow-tie book

This month's workshop with Beth McIlraith will teach participants how to repurpose an unwanted book into a beautiful hand-stitched journal with pockets.
The workshop is no longer available for sign-ups. NORBAG members should have received a registration form with last month's newsletter and sent their fees to Beth by August 15.

Even if you are not signed up for the workshop, please join us from noon to 1pm for the book exchange and Free Stuff highlighted in the article on page 3 of the newsletter. 

Saturday, September 13
9am - 4pm

Eureka United Methodist Church, 520 Del Norte St
Corner of F & Del Norte Streets
in Eureka

Closed on August 15

In September, October, and November we will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall at the United Methodist Church in Eureka as we no longer have access to HSU. The address is 520 Del Norte Street and is located at the corner of Del Norte and F Streets with the Church facing F Street. You may park either on F Street (in front of the church), or in the Church's parking lot which is accessed from G Street. To access the parking lot, drive to G Street and enter a long driveway (next to a long hedge) which is directly behind the church. The door to the Fellowship Hall will be on your right as you enter the breezeway. If you park on F Street, go through the breezeway and the door will be on your left. This is a large room which will allow us more flexibility in the type of workshops we can offer. (See Change of Date on page 3 for meeting date change for October)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Interlocking Structure

Workshop with Michele Kamprath

Two views of a sample by Michele
This is a Hedi Kyle structure that has a lot of versatility. You can add pockets, sew in pages, or just put pictures onto the pages. You will need to bring the following paper cut to size to the workshop:

Materials needed:
• Cover paper: 1 piece light cardstock or Mi-Teines 5" x 20-1/2" grain short
• Pages: 3 pieces of light cardstock or Mi Teines 11" x 5" grain short
• Pocket: (if desired) 3-1/2" x 3-3/4" grain short
Note: Color choice—your book can be one color or a combination of colors that contrast the cover paper and pages. Each “page” actually opens horizontally so that you can add content.
Tools to bring:
• X-ACTO or craft knife with sharp blade
• Cutting mat
• Glue stick
• Metal ruler
• Pencil
• Bone folder or something to make a sharp crease
• Needle and thread (linen thread or other)

If desired, bring up to six images that are approximately 4-1/2" x 3-1/4".
If you have text pages to sew in, the size of the page when opened is 6-3/4" x

Please RSVP by August 6 (see newsletter).
I will provide template and instructions and do not want to make more than is necessary. Thanks.

August Meeting Details

Saturday, August 9, Noon

Our usual location:
BSS 166 at HSU

What to bring?
See above


Cost: 50 cents

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Workshop with Bobbie Hayes


This month we will make a book structure from Woven and Interlocking Book Structures by Claire Van Vliet and Elizabeth Steiner (2002). This structure uses single pages (no signatures) using four paper strips to bind them together without the use of adhesives. Please cut your materials before the workshop.

Bobbie's fun woven interlocking book

Materials needed
• 4 pages 4" x 5" grain long: these can be as light as text weight or as heavy as card stock. These are your pages and will have slits cut into them and have paper strips woven through them.
• 2 covers each 5" x 8-3/4" grain short: Mi-Teintes is a nice weight for this or use any paper you have that is comparable.
• 4 weaving strips each 3/4" x 13-1/2" grain short: This paper should be a thin strong paper. Both sides of the strip will show on both covers. For example, if you use one sided scrapbook paper, the plain side will show. If you use Mi-Teintes, it is colored the same on both sides and will be OK.
• Note about materials: If you have the Mi-Teintes from the June Workshop, it would make a great cover or the weaving strips. If you are wondering, the weaving strips show up on each page and both covers.

Tools needed:
• X-Acto knife and Scissors
• Cutting board
• Bone folder
• Metal ruler
• Pencil and eraser
• Awl
• Things to decorate your pages
(rubber stamps, paint, inks,
pens, or any fun stuff you like
to use).

July Meeting Details:

Saturday, July 12

Our usual location:
BSS 166 at HSU

What to bring?

See lists above

RSVP: (Yes)
Bobbie by July 7 (see newsletter for her information)

Cost: 50 cents

Monday, June 30, 2014

Gallery Books in the LIbrary

The Humboldt  County Library has the gallery books from the last workshop on display! The structure is a variation of the accordion and when opened it looks like a miniature art gallery. Dolores Guffey taught this June workshop and the samples shown are by Dolores, Peggy Marrs, Michele Kamprath, and Becky McAllister. Thanks to Becky for managing the library displays. Keep posted for our next workshop in July.


Friday, May 23, 2014

June Workshop: Gallery Book

An example of a Gallery Book made by Dolores.

Dolores Guffey will be teaching us how to make this classic book structure known as a Gallery Book. When the book is opened it gives the impression of framed paintings hanging in an art gallery. 

Materials needed
• Full sheet of Mi-Teintes 19" x 25-1/2" (from which you will be able to make additional books) 
• Optional – if you would like to make a case for your book, bring a piece of color or decorative cardstock cut 7-3/4" x 5-3/4" (grain long) 
• X-ACTO (or craft knife) with new blade 
• Cutting mat 
• Scissors 
• Metal ruler 
• Glue Stick 
• Waste paper 
• Pencil and good eraser 
• Right triangle (optional) 
• Images to put in the window openings:
 You will need 9 images in portrait layout. They need to be cut 1-1/2" x 2" size, but the image will appear through a 1" x 1-1/2"opening (see note below). 

When you cut your 1-1/2" x 2" images, keep in mind that you will lose 1/4" on all sides that will be behind the frame of the window opening – so your viewed image should not go beyond the 1" x 1-1/2" window opening. To help you gather your images, cut out a piece of paper 1-1/2" x 2" and then mark 1/4" in on each edge and cut out the window. Now you have a template to place over whatever you are planning on putting in your gallery. 

Note on images: these can be photographs; images cut from magazines; rubber stamped images; abstract images; cancelled stamps; zentangles; etc. The images for the sample book shown on this page are from U.S. postage stamps which were scanned into the computer and re-sized to fit the measurements for this workshop. 

Note on Mi-Teintes: Prior to coming to the meeting, please have your Mi-Teintes cut 6" x 25-1/2" – when you cut the 6" strip, make sure you cut from the edge that does not have the embossed logo running along the edge. We will be using the full 25-1/2" length to make the book. 

The finished size of the book, when folded shut, is 6" high, 1-1/2" wide, and 1" thick. When opened, it is approximately 6" x 10". You can color-coordinate your Mi-Teintes with your images, or go with a light neutral color such as white, beige, or light gray. You will have enough paper left over to make two more books of the same size; or you can add length to your original book by folding the additional 6" strip (or strips) and connecting to end of the original book. 

RSVP: Yes, please. Dolores will have a full set of instructions as well as some acetate templates and does not wish to copy and cut more than necessary. So please be kind and RSVP (contact info for Dolores is in the newsletter). We will be meeting Saturday, June 14 in our usual location on the HSU campus. 

Monday, April 28, 2014


Randi Parkhurst's lovely embellished papers

Our May Meeting will be with Randi Parkhurst, who will be teaching a Paper Embellishment Workshop. At this point in time, the classes are filled but there is always a possibility of a last minute cancellation if you would like to be on the waiting list. Please contact Dolores Guffey for inquiries.

We would like to extend an invitation to our members to attend the meeting and book exchange from noon until 1:00pm on Saturday, May 10th. Randi will have her incredible structure "Patience" which she will share during this time. To see a video of "Patience" go to vimeo.com/7694315 , but better yet, come and see it in person. We will be at the Arcata United Methodist Church for the workshop and meeting located at 1761 11th Street, Arcata.

You can see more of Randi's creations at:
http://www.parkhurstpaperarts.com/ and click on her portfolio.
Randi Parkhurst's lovely embellished papers