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Things that make you go 'hmm'…

Check, mate!



This paper is interesting. It has been made by sticking coloured tissue paper onto a thicker, black handmade paper. This makes it quite hard to handle as it is quite thick but the result is worth the extra effort, I think. I bought a book which was a soft cover book of multicoloured Fabriano Ingres paper in Cornelissens the other day. I thought that it might go very well with this paper so I carefully removed the old card cover and then made this new one for it. It’s very jolly on this rainy, windy day.

On a different note, I remembered something I read on Struggling Writer’s blog a few months ago that I meant to mention. It’s a fun thing to do with the advanced book search on Amazon. You just enter your first name into the ‘Title’ field and then see what turns up.


This is the best one of mine. Absolutely classic.

(The image has disappeared (a WordPress glitch I think) so this is the link to it until the image comes back!)

7 responses to “Check, mate!

  1. strugglingwriter October 28, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    Nice bookcover “Rosebud Diane” :)

    That book you made looks nice, but where are the bows? :)

  2. Diane October 28, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    It’s funny but I do want to be an Airborne Ranger when I grow up… :-)

    Can’t do bows with ready made book insides I’m afraid (or at least I can’t). I’m working on a ribbon book now though – next one!

  3. Miss Ladybug October 28, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks Diane. That’s quite a compliment re: my esthetic blog change, coming from you. I’m curious how you got started doing this beautiful type of work. If you haven’t already looked into it, Barnes and Noble has a fabulous section to sell these types of journals. I love what you do…

  4. Diane October 28, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    I used to do calligraphy. If you look at some of my old posts I have put some photographs of it on here. I went to a bookbinding workshop because I wanted to make books to put calligraphy in but became obsessed with making books instead!

    I went to Barnes and Noble in Santa Monica. They do have some beautiful journals which are worryingly cheap! I’m hoping that the fact mine are handmade and can be personalized will enable me to charge a reasonable amount of money for them when I start to sell them – otherwise, it’s hardly worth doing (except that I enjoy making them so much!)

  5. angela liguori October 28, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog. Funny, how blogs get around the world!
    You do wonderful work with paper too!
    I’m sorry about not having Paper Source in England. In Italy, where I’m from, the situation is pretty hard too, heard to believe, but it is true. I was happy to move to the USA, not much for food, but definally for paper resources!

    Best of luck to you and your beautiful work,

  6. laketrees October 29, 2007 at 5:09 am

    looks great with the tissue paper and the coloured paper inside Diane….very arty !!!!!
    haha had to laugh at the pic on the cover of Rosebud Diane…..doesn’t look like your style at all…
    I knew what mine would be …Rudyard Kiplings of course as that is who I was named after…and it’s on the front page for Kim at Amazon….now I’ll have to look up the rest of the family lol…oh well there’s my afternoon gone :)
    if you are intending to sell your books I always think it’s wise to put a higher price on them… can always go down….in price rather than go up….I usually price mine on an hourly fee….. eg The Pearl earring took me approximately 100 hours….and would sell for $5000 (AU)

  7. Diane October 29, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    Angela – I loved your blog – so lovely to look at. I wish I could attend your Paper Source workshops but it’s a bit too far to commute… I’m going to try the Japanese stab bindings anyway,,,

    Kim – WordPress is having a funny turn and has deleted the ‘Rosebud Diane’ image and won’t reload it, despite all my efforts, all very peculiar as the others are fine! They must have found the cover offensive or something! :-)
    I am in a complete quandry about pricing my books but I agree it’s better to start high and then go lower if necessary …rather than the opposite :-) I need to do more research…

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