North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Monday, August 28, 2023


 Our September workshop will be taught by our member from the San Francisco Bay Area, Kit Davey. On her website at, it says Kit "makes playful art to spread delight across the planet". You'll find this to be true if you visit her website or her Instagram page @daveykit and check out all the whimsical and beautiful books that she makes. She'll be teaching us a circular book with pages that rotate 360 degrees because of unique "hinges" installed on the back. She'll also teach us an unusual case for the book.

Tools Needed:

  • 3/4" and 1" circular paper punches. You cannot make the book without them!
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Ruler
  • Exacto knife and cutting mat
  • Liquid glue, such as PVA, Modge Podge, mat medium, Elmer's or Yes Glue
  • Paintbrushes 1/4" or so wide
  • Jar for water
  • Circle cutter, if you have one
  • Small hole punch (1/8" in diameter) or use an awl to make a small hole
  • Small brad (with a head approximately 1/4" in diameter or whatever size you have available)

Materials Instructions:

Important note: You MUST cut out the materials in advance of this workshop! There will not be time to cut things during the Zoom meeting.

Double-sided cardstock or mixed media weight paper will work well for all the elements in this book. Some scrapbooking papers are also stiff enough. Flimsy paper, like magazine pages, dictionary pages or map pages are NOT stiff enough.

  • For the pages: six (6) circles made from single-sided or double-sided cardstock, 3" to 3 3/4" in diameter. You can use a glass or something round to trace a circle if you don't have a circle cutter.
  • For the radial hinges that will be on the back of a six-page book: 24 3/4" circles and six (6) 1" circles.
  • You can embellish the circular book pages before or after class, as we won't have time in class for this.
  • For the case: two (2) pieces of cardstock, 4 1/4" by 8" and one small brad. 

When:    Saturday September 9 at 10 a.m. PDT
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    By September 4 to Dolores Guffey to receive the password
Workshop Questions:  Kit Davey (
Zoom Questions:  Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for Dolores and Bobbie is in the newsletter.

Tuesday, August 15, 2023


 Our August workshop, taught by Emmy Nelson, was great fun. Not only was this a quick and easy structure to make, but we discovered multiple ways to personalize it. Here's one variation of the structure (see the previous post for the originals).

Bonnie Julien added decorative paper 
behind some pages with a pamphlet stitch
to keep the pages aligned.

She also added a single stitch to keep the pockets closed.

Thank you Emmy for an excellent workshop.

This month's featured artist in the kiosk at the Humboldt County Library is Lynne Gurnee.  If you're in Eureka, be sure to check out this great display.

Thank you Kenzie Mullen for arranging this display.

Notes from the Art Lab 

by Bonnie Halfpenny

The Treasure Chest

In a recent NORBAG newsletter, there was a mention of public domain sites listed by Bel Mills at Scrap Paper Circus. Maybe you are very familiar with these websites, but I was not. Now that I've peeked into them, I realize I was missing a real treasure chest! Some of the great sites mentioned include Old Book Illustrations at which covers everything from plants to individual illustrators. Next head to Vintage Ephemera when you need that look at site has an extensive subject listing, so you don't have to look through so many things to find something useful.

Over the years, the Smithsonian has been collecting everything they deem important; now they are busy removing copyright restrictions from their digital images. Smithsonian Open Access lets you in at

The Biodiversity Heritage Library has over 100,000 images available to download at

While I have received emails promoting The Public Domain Review, I had never taken a serious look at this site. Browsing there is well worth your time, at

I'd like to thank Bel Mills at for making this information available. For these and all public domain websites, please take note of any caveats they may list. And if you have a favorite public domain site to share, please let us know through the blog. Happy browsing!