North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Sunday, January 31, 2021


Traditionally, the February NORBAG workshop has been to make Valentine cards for people in care and rehabilitation homes. This has been a project led by Lorraine Miller-Wolf for many years, but due to Covid restrictions, those who wish to make and donate Valentine cards will need to do so independently and deliver them to Lorraine. Her contact information is in the newsletter.

Instead, NORBAG will host a card making workshop at our regular February Zoom meeting. Please join us as Diane Williams shows us how to create two 3D structures that are able to fold flat and fit into an A2 envelope. The first structure is a Bridge Card.

Bridge Card

A Bridge Card is much like a tunnel structure where you can layer elements on to the bridge to create depth. Since we will be making a prototype, we will keep with a simple Valentine theme.

The second 3D card is a Tent Card. This card easily stands alone for display and lends itself to being embellished on the outside with cut out shapes glued to its sides. Again, this card can be folded flat for easy mailing. Both cards are fun to create and easy to share by mail or in person.

Tent card shown flat and for display

Materials for the Bridge card:

  • Card: 1 piece of cardstock 4 1/4" by 8" (grain short)
  • 1 piece of cardstock 1/2" x 5 1/2" (this is the bridge piece)
  • 1 piece of cardstock 1/2" x 3 1/2"
  • 1 piece pattern paper 2 7/8" x 4 1/4"
  • 2 pieces pattern paper 1 1/4" x 4 1/4"

Materials for the Tent card:

  • 3 pieces colored cardstock 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
  • 1 piece of cardstock 1/2" x 1/2"

Tools and Supplies:

  • Bone folder
  • Paper cutter, or ruler and x-acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue or double stick tape (adhesive of your choice)
  • Optional: score board for scoring folds
  • Optional: pictures, cut shapes such as hearts, and pieces of patterned paper to embellish your cards

Here are more examples of the cards

Bridge card

Bridge card

Tent Card flat

Tent Card displayed

When:   Saturday, February 13 at 10 a.m. PST
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    YES, to Dolores Guffey by Feb. 5 to receive password and instructions
Workshop questions: Diane Williams
Zoom questions: Bobbie Hayes - contact information for everyone will be in the newsletter.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021


NORBAG's January Zoom workshop had our largest attendance to date - 52 members joined us for Michele Kamprath's excellent presentation of making a Star Book. This was our first workshop at the new time of 10 a.m. PST. We had our papers pre-cut and essential materials at hand so Michele was able to lead us through step-by-step on constructing the book. At the end of the workshop members shared what they made and the creativity of our group certainly came through in the different color schemes and variations that were made. Thank you Michele for a workshop that will inspire us to make this book again and to try out some of the alternative ideas that our members shared. This workshop was recorded and is now available for viewing. To receive the link and password contact Dolores. This recording will be deleted on February 13, 2021 at midnight.

Photo Gallery

Some of the books featured here are still in the process of being completed.

Edge Gerring

The cut-outs and pop-outs beautifully showcase the other layers.

Molly Millman's book is so cheerful.

DJ Gaskin

DJ's papers add a whimsical touch.

Dolores Guffey used a starburst punch to create
a design on some pages.

Mary Elizabeth Nelson used a circle punch to showcase
her beautiful cyanotype papers.

The French Link stitch was used
to bind Mary Elizabeth's book.

Margaret Beech added pop-out and collage elements.

"Busy" hands are featured in Margaret's book.

Stephanie Weigel added stitching to the edges on her book.

Vibrant paper colors enhance Stephanie's book.

Sherrill Story

Sherrill's book had different cut-outs
to show off inside layers.

Donna Gephart
The final layers are not yet attached. This is a memory book
to celebrate her daughter's European trip in 2019.

Some pages are blank for photographs and some 
have pockets for ephemera.

Jill McInerney

Beautiful blue & green colors enhance the star.