There is a new love in my life. Handmade books.
The thing I love the most is the paper… amazing colors and patterns and textures. In the photo, I am binding my first ever book. It’s just a simple blank book that I hope I will use as a sketchbook. The measurements for the needle holes are a little off, but not to stress, I think it turned out fine for a first try. If I were to do it again I would make it smaller, or thicker, one of the two. It’s really just a dry run for the three memory books I was asked to make for some retiring library board members.
Along with my new love came a weekend revelation…a name for my Etsy shop! Prairie Papercrafts. Finally — quick make the banner before I change my mind again. I dunno, I think it’s kind of cool. I wasn’t sure about just selling cards, because there are a million and a half Etsy shops that sell handmade cards. Now I know that I can make and sell blank books, too. I want to do custom invitations and things like that, because I bet that half the time people send cards it’s to invite someone to something, like a wedding, or a birthday party.
Maybe it’s just me, but the things in my life have to have a purpose or they just bother me. Knick-knacks drive me nuts. Even if I thought I could make a beautiful book, if there was nobody to buy it or use it, or if I knew I wouldn’t use it myself, it would just lay there and bother me, so I wouldn’t make it in the first place. I love to do computer graphics, but I need a real-life project. Tutorials bother the heck out of me — let me work on something with a purpose.
Am I getting myself in too deep? Hmm. I don’t think so. I don’t see a hundred people flocking to the shop on its first day and burying me with orders. In fact, probably it will start slowly enough that I’ll wonder why I ever thought it would work at all. But at least I’ll have an excuse to make stuff. 🙂
And the best thing that’s come out of all this bookmaking frenzy? I found three of my co-workers who like to make books, too. Who knew? I see Friday night crafting sessions with chocolate and chai looming in my future. What better way to spend lazy summer evenings than crafting with friends?
I see a lot of sketchbooks in my future… and I’m already planning my first clearance sale.