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Book swappage

You may remember I was taking part in a Book Swap over at the Book Arts Forum. I made a book as a first effort, fully intending to have a second go at it but as is often the way with these things, time ran away with me and I had to use my original effort as I never got round to trying something different.

So far, so familiar. As the theme of the swap was ‘My Home Town’, I did hit on the idea of filling the pages with images of Dorset (as you can imagine I have rather a lot). This started out as a good idea until I realised that as I had used Bockingford watercolour paper for the pages, the printed photographs wouldn’t stick to the pages terribly well, but having started, I had to finish! I think they are secure but the other problem was that the pages curled slightly and even after a day or so in my book press, they wouldn’t straighten and as time had run out, I had to send it to Rhonda as it was (with a letter of apology!)

Here are photographs of some of the pages.

It’s very intimidating making a book for other bookbinders to see ‘in the flesh’ as it were and even though this is the second swap I have taken part in – I still feel as if I could have done better…. having said that, I’m really looking forward to receiving my book from Crazy Daisy Girl :-)

By the way, thanks very much indeed for the votes over at Kim’s competition. I didn’t win but happily I wasn’t vote-less which was very pleasing. You might like to check out the art work which won, a painting by Emmanuel Martinez called “Pain in the Eye’. Congratulations to the lucky winner!

Now I’m off to continue with my latest project, a huge photograph album for a friend. She has two enormous beautifully made, very expensive albums which she has filled with photographs and I am going to try to make a third which matches the others. No pressure then……. :-)

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19 responses to “Book swappage

  1. Daddy Papersurfer May 30, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Making books is such a bind!

    [I’ve said that before haven’t I? Shoot me now. If only I could find the delete button ……….. oh, there it is ………. funny, it’s labelled ‘submit’ ….. oh well, here goes]

  2. Diane May 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Bet you say that to all the girls…..

  3. strugglingwriter May 30, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Good luck with the album.

    Nice book. I’m sure your swap partner will be pleased :)

    Have a nice weekend!

  4. Diane May 30, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    And you have a very happy birthday :-)

    May your beard grow longer and the Penguins win !!

  5. Teresa May 30, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    You are far too critical of your own work (I guess most artists are). I think it’s a perfectly lovely book – my fav page being the with the 2 feet photos. Oh if I should be so lucky as to be its recipient….

    No offense to E. Martinez, but I much, much prefer your book!

  6. 70steen May 30, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Oh D I so love that book

  7. Jenny May 31, 2008 at 2:27 am

    I won’t congratulate what’s-his-name because I thought “Pain in the Eye” was aptly named! LOL! I voted for you (of course) but I thought there were some very pretty pictures over there! Love your Dorset picture book too.

  8. laketrees May 31, 2008 at 3:25 am

    oh I do like your book Diane..
    the photos are wonderful and I love the little stamps that compliment the photos..
    I love the photo of the dressing sheds and the one with the seagull :)
    thanks for entering your divine book in the competition…and thanks to all your readers for visiting and voting…..
    have fun with your photo album :)

  9. Diane May 31, 2008 at 6:47 am

    Teresa you are kind! I rather liked the feet page too – the sea one is my son’s feet in the sea at Hive Beach and the muddy one is my feet in wellies at Glastonbury Festival!

    70steen – thank you! Just hope Rhonda does too!

    Jenny – glad you enjoyed your visit to Kims. I found it hard to choose a favourite there as they were so diverse. Thank you for your vote – much appreciated!

    Kim – thanks Kim. The stamps are fun aren’t they? I have had them for ages and never quite knew what to do with them!
    No, thank YOU for holding the competition. I’m really pleased you had such a good response. Your competitions are always fun :-)

  10. creechman May 31, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Wow look! Books with stuff inside. Maps, symbols, interesting things, all enclosed in powder-puff blue binding.

    Then there are the feet…

  11. Diane May 31, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Well, you have been asking me to put something inside a book – and this is what you get! :-)

    Feet included…

  12. RennyBA May 31, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    What great picture and a good example of beauties that can be hold in a book!

    Wishing you a great end to your week.

    Btw: I’ve noticed Kim’s post of course and was also voting for you :-)

  13. Olga, the Traveling Bra June 1, 2008 at 6:24 am

    Very cool…I am slightly envious of your creativity! :)

  14. Diane June 1, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Renny – thank you for your kind comments – and your vote!
    I rather liked filling a book for a change instead of keeping them blank for other people to fill up!

    Olga – you are very kind to say so. I am slightly envious of your travels!

  15. Daddy Papersurfer June 2, 2008 at 10:37 am

    I’m slightly envious of Olga’s ……………. oh, never mind

  16. Diane June 2, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Might have known….lowering the tone. Actually, it would be fine for me to be envious of Olga’s …..shall we say – assets, but for you….would you really want them?

  17. Rhonda June 5, 2008 at 3:20 am

    Thank you Diane! Your swap partner is very pleased :)

    It’s a special treat to get a book like this in the mail! I really enjoyed looking at all the photos (and I do think they are all attached quite well!). I live near the sea too and our landscapes are not so different really; now I want to visit Dorset!!

  18. Diane June 5, 2008 at 9:38 am

    I’m so pleased it arrived safely and you liked it! I was imagining you opening it up and all the photos falling into your lap!

    I’d love to see some photographs of your seaside landscape sometime :-)

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