Saturday, 25 June 2016

accumulator seriali - part 20

my grandmother's scrap and quote book from the 1920's - paperiaarre.com

I think I've mentioned having collected Victorian scraps in the early 1990's. I remember counting 700 pieces at one time, but I carried on collecting for a few more years, so I have no idea what the grand total would be now. But we all know, quantity does not equal quality. My maternal grandmother, however, had some amazing scraps in her friendship book from the 1920's! I would've fainted at the sight of these when I was at the top of my scrap enthusiasm.

my grandmothers' scrap and quote books - paperiaarre.com

These two books belonged to my grandmothers. The smaller one, from my namesake, is the one I'm showing you today.

my grandmother's scrap and quote book from the 1920's - paperiaarre.com

Isn't this pattern on the endpapers gorgeous! 

My grandmother was born in 1916, so she was just nine when she got this book for Christmas. She then passed this book around and her little friends wrote in quotes and poems - more or less skillfully - and embellished the pages with scraps (and there's one tiny photo in there, too).

my grandmother's scrap and quote book from the 1920's - paperiaarre.com

I won't go into translating any of the other quotes, but I want to mention the one above saying "Live and learn" - it's pretty strange and adorable coming from a girl most likely no more than 9-years-old.

my grandmother's scrap and quote book from the 1920's - paperiaarre.com

There are many very large pieces of scrap in this book, many of them quite heavily embossed and made of a much heavier weight paper than the modern ones are. 

my grandmother's scrap and quote book from the 1920's - paperiaarre.com

Then there are the some scraps that are like from another world! Among all the flowers and angels there are some Danish (I think?) Disney scraps. I think one of my aunts added these in later, as the Donald Duck character was created in 1934 and the quotes in this book seem to date mostly from 1926.

And here are three gif animations to show you the entire book. What a variety of hands and styles!






I hope you enjoyed these antique paper treasures!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

sewn boards binding


sewn boards binding by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

This week I decided to focus on creating models of binding structures that are not part of my everyday repertoire. I have a bad habit of always selling the books I intend to keep as a part of my model library, so I took precautions and used paper I hate for the pages. Two birds with one stone: books that serve the model purpose perfectly, but are not something I'd sell because of the paper, and I get to use some of that big lot of slippery paper (unfortunately there aren't enough book structures in the world for me to ever run out of that paper by making models for myself).

sewn boards binding by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

My first two models are of a sewn board binding that's been on my to-do list forever. I'm not sure if my teachers knew about this structure at all when I was studying for my bookbinding degree, but I first saw it years after graduating. Now it seems to be everywhere! You can find several tutorials for it online, but just to name two, here's an excellent one by Karen Hanmer, and here's another one that has lots of photos. I didn't follow any particular tutorial, but picked the features I liked best in what I'd read. In the future I think I'll tweak things some more, use more fillers to keep everything even more smooth and level, and little things like that.

Having a good plough, freshly greased and sharpened, is really useful in making sewn board books, but I see no reason why you couldn't make one without a plough. I usually really enjoy the look of torn pages on my books, but sewn board binding with its covers the same size as the pages looks especially good when everything is cut super neat.

sewn boards binding by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

I used brown recycled cardstock for the sewn covers and left it visible on the book I covered with old dictionary pages. In the full cloth book I covered the spine and the exposed parts of the cover board with soft teal coloured paper and I really like that little pop of contrast colour.

sewn boards binding by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

I think most good bookbinders have a look of their own that ties different types of books together regardless of the techniques used. I look forward to seeing what my 2016 caterpillar stitch looks like! I haven't done one since 2004 or 2005... Any suggestions what binding structures to tackle after I'm done with the caterpillar?

sewn boards binding by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

I hope you all have enjoyed the midsummer week so far. Our household won't be doing much to celebrate Juhannus tomorrow and Saturday, but I expect some effort will be put into having a few delicious meals even if the bonfire is missing. Whether or not we go to sauna depends on how hot our home is to begin with - if it's already hot inside, it doesn't really make any sense for us to heat a room just for the sake of the tradition of going to sauna on the midsummer eve. Do you have special midsummer traditions where you live? I'd love to hear about them!

Monday, 20 June 2016

mixed media monday - you may hear the wind

you may hear the wind - a mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

Do not speak of meaning; you may hear the wind
But we will not communicate

you may hear the wind - a mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

Last week we had several days when I woke up to the sound of rain. Sometimes gentle, sometimes near torrential. I spent all week home alone, so the sounds of water were a welcome company. I had planned to do a lot of writing and took the week off from making things by hand, but I ended up writing a little, folding papers a little, and relaxing a lot. Probably just what I needed after working hard all spring.

This Mixed Media Monday collage is something I worked on all night before launching my writing staycation. Sometimes I work the best very late at night, but it's not a good long term solution for obvious reasons. Still, I'm very much a night owl and I doubt that will ever change.

you may hear the wind - a mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

Can you spot all the people in this photo? For the longest time I only saw one! This blog photo is an enlarged version of the original, so it's not as hard to see the others.

you may hear the wind - a mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

I love map markings.

you may hear the wind - a mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

Domed metal findings are sewn through the top and bottom edges of the shallow box I made to house this collage.

you may hear the wind - a mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

(vintage photo, cut up vintage text, vintage map, metal findings, thread, paper, board, glue)

21x15,8x1,4cm / 8.3"x6.2"x0.6"

you may hear the wind - a mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

Refreshed by the lazy week I hope to get a lot done this week. Maybe trying out some less used book structures would be a nice change to my bookbinding routines. What's your plan for the week?

Thursday, 16 June 2016

hardcover bullet journals

handmade hardcover bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

Wow, bullet journals are super popular! I've never had this much traffic in my shop at this time of the year and 90% of that traffic has been because of the fabulously practical dotted grid pages.

handmade hardcover bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

handmade hardcover bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

handmade hardcover bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

These case bound books have 144 off-white pages with grey dots, so they have double the pages the previous long stitch bullet journals have (hey, there are still a few of those kraft bullet journals left in the shop!). These new books are now available here.

Monday, 13 June 2016

mixed media monday - your favourite delight

Your favourite delight - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

Sometimes there are special moments when I'm putting together collages. With this piece almost every moment was special, and while I'm lacking words to describe it, I'll try: creating this piece was fun, easy and rewarding. Just the right amount of pondering and trying out different variations before everything fell into place. It's not often that it's hard for me to create a mixed media piece, but this one was remarkably easy from start to finish.

Your favourite delight - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

(vintage photo, vintage packaging, cut up text from an old book, vintage lace, vintage wire boning, sewing thread, board, handmade paper, linen thread)

11,2x13,8x1,3cm / 4.4"x5.4"x0.5"


Your favourite delight - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

Your favourite delight - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

I couldn't possibly name my favourite delight - for a whiny person I have surprisingly many! I'm currently enjoying the view of dark clouds, sunshine and the shadows of flying seagulls on the building across the street.