North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Saturday, May 28, 2022


 Our books often need a little something to hold them closed when they are not being read. Dolores Guffey will show us how to make ten different styles of belly bands at our June workshop. The plan is for us to first make a simple five-hole pamphlet stitch book with a soft cover and text weight paper. This book is for us to take notes and jot down instructions on how to make each of the bands. Dolores suggests that we use papers from our stash for these prototypes.

Dolores says "I will guide you through making the belly bands. The book you make will be used as an example of a book that needs a belly band. After making one band, you will remove it and then the next band will be made. At the end of the workshop, you will have one book and 10 different belly bands."

Materials List: 

  • Please have your papers cut prior to the workshop!

  • 1 (one) piece 8-3/4" x 7" light weight cardstock, or decorative paper of similar weight, grain short. This book is a prototype, it does not have to be expensive paper.
  • 6 (six) pieces of text weight paper 8-1/2" x 7", grain short
  • 8 (Eight) pieces 11" x 1-1/2" of light weight cardstock, (grain short) or any paper stronger than text weight paper that can be easily folded around a book. These will be the belly bands.
  • 2 (two) pieces of 19" x 1-1/2" (belly band paper, see previous bullet). Note: you can glue two strips of paper to make a 19" strip.
  • 1 (one) piece  5" x 3/4" mat board or cardboard strip
  • Toothpick & brads (optional)

Other Supplies:

  • Pencil
  • Piercing tool or T-pin
  • Metal ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Piercing cradle (or thick magazine or phone book)

Here are a couple more examples of books with belly bands.

When:   Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. PDT
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    Dolores Guffey by June 6 to receive the password
Workshop Questions:  Dolores Guffey
Zoom Questions: Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for Dolores and Bobbie is in the newsletter

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