Saturday, May 21, 2022


The May workshop taught by Sandy Vrem was a great success despite the problems she had with her Internet connections. Many thanks to Sandy for staying with it while maintaining her cool. The original gallery book structure is perfect for displaying small pieces of artwork, but we learned that with simple changes we could create even more ways to display photos or papers. 

Pictured below are a few examples of gallery books made by our members.

Margaret Beech

Allegra Burke

Mary Conley

Bonnie Julien

Sunday, May 15, 2022


The Newport Paper and Book Art Festival (NPBAF) celebrated its 25th anniversary (a year late) in April. It was very well attended by 18 NORBAG members, including four who were also instructors (Donna Gephart, Dolores Guffey, Margo Klass and Sandy Vrem). Every one of the 19 classes offered had at least one NORBAG member in attendance. To view a short video showing scenes from the festival through the years, visit:

There was a wonderful art exhibit at the Visual Arts Center that featured work by many current and former festival attendees. Works by several NORBAG members were included. A 50-minute video tour of the exhibit, hosted by Cheri Aldrich and Sandy Williams, is worth seeing. video will be available until the end of May. 


Below are some of the books made by NORBAG members.

Cheri Aldrich's Panorama Book taught by Connie Stricks

Cheri Aldrich's collage from Arlene Warner's class

Cheri Aldrich's Pocket book taught by Connie Stricks

Bosha Struve made several items in
 Sandy Vrem's Colorful Surface Design class

Tags by Bosha Struve

Carolyn Jones took Wendy Schwartz's Gel Plate class

Carolyn also took Iris Daire's class on Indigo Dyeing

Edge Gerring took Pietro Accardi's Zoom class on
 Articulated Bindings

Another view of Edge's book that used Pietro's marbled paper


Michele Kamprath's Indigo Dyed pieces from Iris Daire's class

More of Michele Kamprath's Indigo Dyed pieces

Book covers from Margo Klass's class on
 Stitching Patterns & Textures

Michele Kamprath's cover from Margo's class

A view of the inside of Michele's book

Dolores Guffey's book from Margo's class

Dolores working on her stitching

Here is an example of the tiny stitching on someone's book

Top book is by Michele Kamprath
Bottom book by Jean Wyatt

Top book by Sandy Vrem

Jean Wyatt's box from Moe Snyder's class, Five Sides To Every Story

Jean's beautiful box closed.

Tired, but happy group at the end of a busy day of book art.
Cheri Aldrich, Jackie Gardner, Dolores Guffey & Sandy Vrem

Friday, April 29, 2022


I'm betting that we all have little bits of pretty papers that we've saved yet don't really know what to do with them. Sandy Vrem has a solution for us. Join Sandy at our May workshop and she will guide us through the steps to make a Gallery Book plus a variation that can display small artwork. In the Gallery Book there will be 15 small display windows to showcase papers that have been decorated, photos, calligraphy, collections of stamps, animal pictures or other artworks.

Gallery Book to display artwork

Here are more of Sandy's examples

Another example

This is the variation we will make.

Sandy will provide directions for this variation.


  • One (1) piece of art paper like Mi-Teintes 22½" x 8". If possible have the grain short (running along the 8" height). This is for the accordion.
  • Two (2) pieces 8" x 8" for the covers. Sandy used the same paper as the accordion.
  • 15 small artwork pieces for your display windows, about 1½" wide by 1¼" high. You might want to wait until you have the book made to decide if you want to frame your art works before mounting them. If you decide to frame the artwork you will need more paper to do this.
  • For the variation book you will need one (1) piece of art paper like Mi-Teintes 22½" x 4½". Extra art papers will be needed for decoration. 


  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Metal ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Bone folder
  • Double sided tape
When:   Saturday May 14 at 10 a.m. PDT
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    To Dolores Guffey by May 9 to receive the password
Workshop Questions:   Sandy Vrem
Zoom Questions:  Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for everyone is in the newsletter.


If you happen to be in Eureka be sure to check out the current display in the kiosk behind the circulation counter. Artist books by our NORBAG member from Pennsylvania, Mary Elizabeth Nelson, are featured. Mary Elizabeth is a very talented artist who incorporates calligraphy, cyanotypes, eco-dyed papers and hand stitching into many of her books.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022


For our April workshop we made three books with a different "loopy" binding. Kris Nevius was our instructor and she patiently led us through the stitching directions. One of the best parts was seeing Kris' photographs of her examples and learning how easy it is to add even more variations to this very versatile stitch. Thank you Kris for another fun workshop.

Here are some of Kris' examples

This version had two loops at each station.

This version had three loops at every other stitch.

Using variegated thread gives a new look.

This version has three signatures with different loopy variations.

Another three signature book with two different loopy stitches.

Dolores Guffey shared her version of the two loop stitch.

Michele Kamprath's three books

Mark your calendars now for our next workshop on Sat. May 14 when Sandy Vrem will teach us how to make a Gallery Book to display small artwork.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022


At our April workshop we will be making three books with different single signature "loopy" bindings.  Kris Nevius will show us this fun alternative to the pamphlet stitch, and challenge us to create our own variations. These books could be just the thing to add to Easter baskets.


  • 3 signatures, 6 to 8 sheets each, 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", folded to 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
  • 3 covers: Canson Mi-Teintes is a good choice. 8-7/8" x 5-5/8", folded in half
  • 3 pieces of 4 ply waxed linen thread or something similar: one each at 25", 35", and 45"
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder
Before the workshop please get your books ready to sew.

Insert each signature into a cover and punch the holes for the three books we will sew. Punch the holes in the spine, through the cover and signature, measuring along the signature for each book as specified below.

Book 1: 1/4", then every 1/2", which will leave 1/4" at the bottom. Use a post-it note and mark this one #1. There should be 11 holes.

Books 2 and 3: 1/2", then every 3/8", which leaves 1/2" at the bottom. There should be 13 holes.

When:    Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. PDT

Where:   On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom

RSVP:     To Dolores Guffey by April 4 to receive the password

Workshop Questions: Kris Nevius

Zoom Questions: Bobbie Hayes

Contact information is in the newsletter

Tuesday, March 15, 2022


What a fun workshop! Many thanks to Edge Gerring for leading us through a great workshop where we not only learned how to make a miniature book, but had a bonus lesson in simple drawing. I belong to the "I can't draw anything but a daisy" camp and I came away with a whole new perspective on drawing. Afterwards, members commented on how relaxing the whole process was and how eager they were to try more. It's true that these were simple basic drawings, but it all worked so well with the cute miniature book. And best of all, it's a stepping stone to expanding on the technique.

This screenshot shows Edge demonstrating the vine drawing.

A split-screen image of Edge as she finishes the cover of one mini book.

Here are a few examples of our books.

Bonnie Julien

Michele Kamprath

This is the front side of Michele's book, the photo above is the back side.

The cover of Michele's book

Margaret Beech

If you are interested in more book art "eye candy" check out this exhibit at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. This is the Illustrated Accordion Exhibition. Our member, Mary Elizabeth Nelson, has a wonderful leaf alphabet book in the exhibit. Look for a green book with black leaves and tree names around four+ minutes into the video.