North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Monday, March 27, 2023


Spring is here and our April workshop will provide us with the opportunity to decorate a little "house" book. Diane Williams will teach us this quick and easy structure, but the "decor" will be up to each individual. It doesn't even have to be a "house" although the structure does allow for four different "rooms" or spaces. It could be garden areas or decorate for each season. It lends itself to many great possibilities. Below you will see Diane's example.

Diane will be demonstrating using a 12" x 12" piece of medium weight cardstock. This size will create a 3" square book. You could also use an 8" x 8" piece of cardstock to make a 2" square book. Other materials needed are:

  • Scissors or a craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Your choice of glue: glue stick or liquid glue
  • Cutting mat (optional)
  • Scoreboard (optional)
As you can see from the photos, this will be a quick structure to make, so consider one to use as a model and make a second one to decorate the "rooms" or divided spaces. It stands up nicely to display the four different spaces.

Here are two more examples by Dolores Guffey.

Decorated rooms

Stamped dragonflies

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Itty Bitty Workshop Review

Miniature books are so much fun to look at and to make. We would like to thank one of our newest members, Miss Amy Hand, for teaching us her Itty Bitty Book structure. This cute little book can easily be reduced or enlarged depending upon the size of paper you use. The fun part is how one changes an accordion folded strip of paper into a case bound style of book without doing any stitching. We enjoyed this so much and the structure was so easy, that some members made several books during the workshop. I suspect we'll be seeing more of these structures in upcoming exchange books.

Amy gives a "thumbs up" to the participants in the workshop.

The following photos show some of the books made during the workshop.

Margaret Beech made these three books.

Sherril Story also made three books.

Beth McIlraith shows her book with the belly band she added.

Three little books from Bonnie Julien

Michele Kamprath's book

The inside of Michele's book is a gelli print.