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Double the fun…

I have completed two very contrasting books today. The first one is made with a glorious red and black Japanese paper which has a shiny finish and makes the book look like it has been lacquered. The paper inside is covered in tiny dragonflies and the whole thing is very dramatic.


The second book is a bit of a contrast to say the least. It is a fairy princess of a book, all white and gold with a narrow twinkly ribbon (which is actually too narrow and will be replaced at some point but we won’t go there). The paisley paper on the outside is Indian and the inside paper is Japanese but they go together beautifully. I know which one is my favourite – which is yours?


18 responses to “Double the fun…

  1. strugglingwriter September 14, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    Brilliant again. Have you posted a how-to on your blog? Or, what is the minimum I should buy in order to make a book like this?

    I really like the fireflys.

  2. paperseedblog September 14, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    I love the elegance of the paisley. A well matched combination of elements.

  3. Diane September 14, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks, both!

    If you check out my post ‘Turning over a new leaf’ and the following one ‘Another book’, there are photographs of the process. I haven’t done a step by step ‘how-to’ though.

    I can’t decide which one I prefer, they are so different! I am going to substitute wider ribbon on the white/gold book though, as I think the narrow ribbon gets a bit lost against the paisley pattern.

  4. clara September 14, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    Hello Diane!
    Really nice books. I love the paper gold and white.
    I put a picture of the inside of my yellow book. but i guess i gona change the inside paper.

  5. SzélsőFa September 14, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Hello Diane, I came viw Strugglingwriter.

    I think I’d use both. The dragonfly covered one for strong stories with lots of fight and bloodshed (heehee – I have never ever written stories like those) and the nicer one for lovey-dovey stories (have not been there, either)

    Chances are I’d never used any of them. I’d just adore them.

  6. Diane September 14, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    Thank you for your kind comments. I just saw what Strugglingwriter said on his blog – he is very kind too!

    I’d love to know what people would use my books for. Some have watercolour paper and some have plain paper. It would be nice to think of them having great stories or beautiful pictures and paintings in them.

  7. Diane September 14, 2007 at 9:28 pm


    Your yellow book is very pretty. I hope you can find a nice paper to go inside it. When do you go to Paris?

    By the way, I have ordered paper from the Paper Mojo and Paper Source web sites in the US and it is expensive to ship it but they have a HUGE range and it is shipped by Fedex so it is very fast delivery. Their web sites are amazing.

  8. tulibri September 14, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    both books are absolutely beautiful. i like the “royal look” of the golden one very much! BTW, weren’t you asking for U.K. supplies lately? Couldn’t find the post again. I just came across this source, they say their range of bookbinding supplies is growing.

  9. Diane September 14, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you! I just checked out that web site. It looks very interesting. I shall investigate further – well spotted!

  10. Diane September 14, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    Tulibri, I just checked out your web site. I wish I could speak German! You have some really interesting photographs and I want to read what you have written! Oh well, another project…

  11. Miss Ladybug September 15, 2007 at 3:46 am

    Your blog is so fantastic that I have decided to bestow upon you the Rockin’ Girl Blogger award!! Congratulations!! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog thus far and love the visual appeal as well.
    Come pick up your award at Ladybug & Co and feel free to pass on the love. (

  12. clara September 15, 2007 at 11:58 am

    Hi Diane!
    I go to Paris sunday 16. Hope i don’t lost my mind and buy all pretty paper i can find.

    I guess you rigth you paper white and gold was verry pretty to go inside my book. Maybe in Paris i find some thing like that.
    Now i make a baby album for a little girl, i try put the picture in my blog before travel to Paris.

  13. laketrees September 15, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    well I love both Diane……though the black and red would go well on my desk….and I would use it for my poetry……..
    I know my daughter would love the gold paisley as her bedroom is very Laura Ashley……with fairies everywhere……she would probably use it to write in too … :)

  14. Diane September 15, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    Clara – have fun in Paris! I look forward to seeing the baby album.

    Kim – they are nice but so completely different from each other. It is possible to like both, I suppose, doesn’t always have to be either ,or…!

  15. tulibri September 15, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    Diane, thank you for visiting my blog! Almost always, I write a short synopsis in english on the bottom of the posts. If you have any further questions, just use the comment function (‘Kommentare’) and feel free to ask! Works faster than learning german :-)

  16. Diane September 15, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    Doh! I didn’t scroll down far enough in the first post and then just looked at the photographs in the rest! Thank you, I shall go back and check it all out again. You are right, that is faster than learning German! Especially as your English is so brilliant. Lazy? Me?

  17. drenka September 16, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    i love all of your books. You are very gifted!

  18. Diane September 16, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    Thank you! I was looking at your blog – you make some lovely things too! I have never managed to learn to crochet.

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