North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Monday, November 27, 2017


NORBAG’s only social event of the year will soon be here. Our annual holiday card exchange will once again take place at the lovely home of Sandy Vrem.  Be sure to put Saturday December 9 on your calendar because this is an event not to be missed!

Remember, you DO NOT need to be signed up
 for the card exchange to join the party.
 Everyone is welcome!

We ask everyone to bring a food item to share (please nothing too gooey since we’ll be handling cards –finger foods are requested). We will not have the library at this gathering, but there will be a box for you to return any books that you have checked out. The directions to Sandy’s home will be in the newsletter.

Lynne Gurnee has installed a collection of holiday cards from 2016 in the kiosk inside the Humboldt County Library. Be sure to stop by to check out the display in person.

And here are a few more photos of holiday cards from years past.

Becky McAllister - 2013

Bobbie Hayes - 2013

Simona Carini - 2012

Miriam Hall - 2013

Margaret Beech - 2012

December 2017 Holiday Party

When:   Saturday Dec. 9 at 12 noon
Where:  Sandy Vrem's house - directions in the newsletter
Bring:    A finger food item to share
RSVP:    No, come one come all

Friday, November 17, 2017

November Workshop - Herringbone Calendar

Dolores Guffey led the NORBAG November workshop. She taught a structure that was inspired by Margaret Beech's July exchange book. Dolores brought copies of the 2018 calendar so that we could cut out and paste them into our herringbone structure. 

Dolores also brought many samples showing that this structure could be glued, sewn (needle or machine stitched), bound with washi tape, brads or even staples. This delightful little structure can have content on either one or both sides. It will sit on a shelf opened for display or collapsed flat and read like a book. When the structure is flat, it can fit in a pocket, purse or envelope. 

While we all made this little book using a 2 3/4"x 5.5 dimensions, it can be adapted to almost any size and subject matter. In the last picture Dolores made one that was square.

We started out scoring one end of six of the seven pages. We then folded them so that pages alternated with a valley fold on the left and then on the right.

We stacked the cards together, added paper clips where each folded edge met an unfolded edge. Then we opened it to make sure that the pages were in the proper order.

When we were sure that the pages were in the correct order, we put them together. In the above picture, a member was using tape. The picture below showed another member putting sewing holes on the folded edges. Our members used pamphlet stitches and Japanese stab binding patterns on these. The method of joining the pages was up to each member.

This picture shows the Japanese stab binding on one side while the opposite end still had paperclips holding the pages together.

We then needed to decide how we would decorate these little calendars. Some used patterned papers on the covers, others used collage or photographs. The folded edges also carried a design. Some had decorated papers to cover the ends while others wrapped the ends in washi paper. As always, in NORBAG, we are limited only by our imaginations.

We cut the calendar months apart. These two pictures show that we don't lack for ways to cut paper: from paper cutter above to our favorite standby, ruler, pencil and craft knife.

In this calendar, the member used patterned pages and if you look at the stitching, it is a pamphlet stitch. She did not use any other decoration on the folded edges.

And then we call it finished!

The structure at the back of the table shows a different size. To the right is Margaret's July book. She had some photos that were portrait and others that were landscape. So all of the landscape are showing on the front side while the portrait orientation ones are on the back.  What a great afternoon.

Monday, November 13, 2017


Ready or not the holidays are upon us! If you’ve signed up to participate in the Holiday Card exchange it’s definitely time to be working on your cards. The NORBAG Holiday event is on Saturday Dec. 9th so if you're planning to mail your cards be sure to post them in time. If you still need some inspiration here is a selection of cards from earlier years. And if you didn’t sign up this year, maybe seeing some of these cards will inspire you to participate next year. You could really get a head start by choosing a design now. 😉

Ellen Clague - 2009

Becky Luening - 2007

Becky McAllister - 2010

Andrea Penn - 2008

Bonnie Julien - 2007

Dolores Guffey - 2006

Ellen Golla - 2011

Michele Kamprath - 2011

Sandy Hansen - 2011

Miriam Hall - 2012

Sherry Grazda - 2006

Peggy Marrs - 2004

Pat Miller - 2004

Sandy Vrem - 2005

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Margaret Beech's July exchange book is the inspiration for this month's workshop. Dolores Guffey will show us how to make up several of these little structures that would make wonderful holiday stocking stuffers. Of course you don't have to make just a calendar since this structure lends itself to many possibilities to showcase photographs, art work, favorite quotations, etc. For this workshop we will just use one size, but the structure can be made any size.

What to bring:

  • Seven (7) pieces of cardstock size 2 3/4" x 5 1/2" (grain short) for each structure you wish to make (there will be plenty of time to make two, if you so desire). It is suggested that you use a solid color cardstock for the workshop which will facilitate the assembly.
  • Thread: Perle Cotton, size 5, in a color to complement your paper
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Piercing tool
  • Craft knife
  • Metal edge ruler
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Glue stick and waste paper
  • Bone folder
  • Six (6) paper clips
  • Decorative piece of paper for calendar's cover (see photo examples)
  • Washi tape (optional to complement the color of cardstock)

What will be provided:

  • Monthly calendar pages (along with a master calendar to take home and copy)
  • Instructions
  • Sample structures with different sewing and gluing options

   Saturday November 11 at 12 noon

Where:  Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte & F Streets
Bring:    See above list
RSVP:    Yes by November 8 to Dolores (contact information in the newsletter)
Cost:     50 cents...what a bargain!