Tag Archives: hand made

Custom birthday notebook in purple

31 Mar

Last week I was commissioned to make a purple notebook for someone’s birthday. The only brief was that they liked purple. This is what I made:

60th wedding anniversary memory book

31 Mar

Here is a special book I made for my Nan and Grandad’s 60th wedding anniversary. It is a memory book and photo album where they can reminisce about all the good times.

What to do with all those paintings left behind…

31 Mar

When the Playbus gets busy, full of children under 8 and their parents, there are A LOT of painting created; sometimes the first paintings they’ve ever painted.

Some of the paintings are taken home and cherished but many are left behind. We never know what to do with them and most end up being recycled.

A colleague from the Playbus was off on a trip so I collected the paintings up, got some black card and made a notebook out of them, just for him.

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One of a kind folding book reaches it’s new owner

25 Jan

I made this folding book as an experiment and was intrigued by all of the different ways that it could be used and worked on. I was very happy when someone bought it from my online Etsy Shop. The book has now reached them safe and sound.

“It was an anniversary gift for my husband and he loved it. Thank you so much :)”

Love it.

Sharing skills to make a beautiful memory book

11 Jan

Recently a friend of mine went to a wedding and wanted to make a very special wedding present. Throughout the big day she took lots of photos and, knowing there wasn’t a wedding photographer, she wanted to make a photo album.

We talked together about what she wanted to book to be like. She found and gave me the perfect cover paper for this unique book (Mr Men!) and I prepared the front and back covers using this paper and grey board.

We set a date and my friend came over. I showed her the basics of coptic single sheet binding. We practiced step by step on some paper. Our first job was to get the photographs in order and stick them back to back in that order. We used double sided sticky tape along each edge, being very careful that the edges lined up. We then pushed 2 holes along the edge we will be binding, each sheet in line with each other and with the covers. Then we set to sewing.Mr Men memory book making

Our paper practice really paid off. I used scrap paper to sew along but all of the sewing on the book was done by my friend and she was very proud to have produced something so special.

Mr Men Memory Book spineMr Men memory book inside cover Mr Men memory book front cover I had a fantastic time sharing my skills, my friend loved gaining new skills and producing such a beautiful and unique book and her friends were over the mood to have a wedding album after all, and such a heart-felt one at that.

If you’ve got a book project that you’d like some help or advice with do get in touch.

Handmade memories

30 Oct

In the last few months I have been getting stuck into book making using the fantastic new skills I gained at the Book Arts Course at The Art Academy. I’d really recommend the course if you want an overview of different book making techniques, whether you have made a book before or not.

One of the skills I learned was a beautiful single sheet coptic technique, which is fantastic for binding thick pages. One of the best uses for this is binding photographs into albums.

In August I finished my job working 1:1 with a young person with Aspergers Syndrom who is out of school. After two years or working together we’d shared some fun times. I pulled together all the pictures I’d taken, prepared some covers and created a photo book.

 

I was really pleased when I gave this handmade gift to the young person I worked with and her mum asked me where I had bought it.

I then had the opportunity to do what I really enjoy, share what I’ve learned. I worked with a close friend of mine to make a memory book of her friend’s wedding…but I can’t show you pictures yet as she hasn’t yet given the book to her friend.

If you have got some photos that you’d like to bind into a memory book, you’d like some help and you live in London, get in touch!

Making lines and breaking rules

22 Feb

I’ve fallen a bit behind with the blogging.

The life of a Playworker and maker is a busy one if you are hoping to actually be able to sustain it. I’ve now got three different Playwork jobs each with unpredictable sessional hours. As well as working on Hackney Playbus and 1:1 with a young teenager with Aspergers Syndrome, both of which I have done for nearly 2 years, I have just started working on an Adventure Playground of children with disabilities and special needs based in Hackney. It’s a fantastic and crazy place to work. I certainly can’t say I am ever bored at work.

I am really enjoying being around some amazing people with a brilliant playwork ethos; child-led, rule breaking, boundary pushing, based on the personality of the child not their diagnosis. It’s fantastic seeing the creative ways playworkers use to interact with the kids. For example, there is one child who enjoys going into a particular part of the soft-play area which makes it impossible to get them out and then taking all their cloths off. A team of staff are on hand to initiate all kinds of games that might possibly lead to this child deciding they are going to put their clothes on and come out. Some have included one staff member putting the clothes on and all other staff complementing them loudly on their excellent fashion sense, continuing a previous game of running from a tiger…which obviously requires getting dressed(!) and bursting into renditions of ABBA songs and inviting her to dance. Brilliant. Can you imagine how differently a school (for example) would deal with this kind of behaviour. I LOVE Playwork.

I’ve also been making notebooks and you can see my collection so far here in my Online Shop. Hopefully you’ll see a dramatic improvement in the picture quality of the books as I am learning more and more about how best to present things as well as getting to grips with my camera. I was chuffed recently to recieve a book order from Australia(!!) and wrapped it up like a present to post it. I got some really lovely feedback;

I received the notebook safe and sound. Thank you so much for asking. Its tucked away in a draw waiting for an upcoming trip to Thailand.. I always keep a journal when I am away somewhere. Kinda nice too look back on. Fill it with memories and what not. You did a really good job with it. Will be buying for you again.

Very exciting! I then got a lovely message from someone else on Etsy;

Hello, I absolutely LOVE your a5 notebooks. I’m wondering if you are able to do some with lined pages? I would use them as university books.  I’ve looked everywhere for good quality paper notebooks with interesting cover designs and these are the only ones I’ve found without going “status” moleskine. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Ooooo, how exciting is that! I’ve put off making lined books previously for the simple reason that…I don’t know where to get the lines from. Sounds stupid  I know, but to make an A5 lined notebook you need horizontally lined landscape A4 paper. Haveing looked before I knew I couldn’t buy it anywhere so I drew then lines myself. Here is my first lined notebook (click on the picture to see the inside);

The lines inside are a bit too dark so I’m working on making them more faint before I make more but whatch out for this space if you’re more into lines.

Right. I’m off to enjoy my first proper day off for 14 days after an action packed half term.