North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Library Kiosk featuring books by Michele Olsen

Becky has assembled another set of books from a NORBAG member—Michele Olsen. Becky described handling the books as a "tactile" experience because the books are often made of fabric, wood, or leather. While viewing them through a glass kiosk won't provide you with the same experience, you will see a wide array of structures created by Michele during her 10+ years as a NORBAG member. Enjoy and thanks to Dolores for the photos.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Creation of the Perfect Box

Photo and Boxes by Sandy Vrem
Boxes for presents, boxes for candies, boxes for trinkets, and boxes for BOOKS. Everyone loves them and everyone can make them. Our October Workshop showed us that they can be made with precision and even better, they can be covered with decorative paper in such a way that there are no overlaps or gaps. Perfect. Sandy, thanks for another great workshop and thanks to Beth M. for the photos.

Let the box begin. School paper cutters are great for cutting bookboard.
Everything matches up and is glued.
The paper template is the secret to a great cover.
One side covered.
Two sides done—two to go.
Over the sides.
Ta Da! Perfect.

Monday, October 8, 2012

October Workshop: Boxes

Making and Covering Boxes: the Basics
taught by Sandy Vrem

At our October workshop we will learn the basics of box making. Boxes can be used as part of our bookmaking process either to hold a book or as part of a book. In the workshop you will learn how to make a box and then how to cover the box with decorative paper. We will also learn how to make two different types of lid that will fit our boxes. I will provide a ready-made box for you to cover and pre-cut bookboard for making a second box and lids.

Materials to bring:
♦ Light weight, flexible paper for covering boxes and lids (you will want paper that will bend around corners easily)
♦ 1 piece 12 in. by 12 in. for the box you will make
♦ 1 piece 12 in. by 12 in. for lid of same box (you might want the same or different paper)
♦ 1 piece 9 in. by 9 in. for the pre-made box
♦ Some scraps of decorative paper for embellishments and the inside bottom of the boxes

Supplies to bring:
♦ PVA glue and glue brush
♦ A piece of wax paper about 12 inches long
♦ Scrap paper for gluing
♦ Scissors
♦ Craft knife
♦ Ruler
♦ Cutting mat
♦ Pencil

When: Saturday, October 13, 12 noon
Where: Our usual place
RSVP required (see newsletter)
$2.00 fee