Monday, July 7, 2014

Traveling Bookbinding Kit

Traveling Bookinding Kit by Kimberly Jones alteredartsarts-magazine.blogspot.com

I find lots of fun ephemera and papers on my travels, and I love to make books with with the treasures I discover. I decided to create a compact kit with all the essentials I need for bookbinding, so I can just toss it in my bag and go!

Traveling Bookbinding Kit Contents by Kimberly Jones altered arts-magazine.blogspot.com

I found a plastic photo holder that was just the right size to contain all the basic supplies and tools I need for making books by hand. One unexpected item, the rubber finger tips, are available from office supply stores. They help protect your fingers when stitching through many layers of paper. The jumbo paper clips are perfect for holding signatures in place while I stitch, and a heavy-duty awl will go through just about anything.

The kit came in handy when I decided to stitch together a quick and easy book with some of my favorite found papers. I used corrugated cardboard, sheet music, glassine bags and envelopes, player piano paper, and a jumbo flashcard. Even at home, it's so convenient to have my basic tools together in one place. If I add a glue stick, I will have all I need for making books and collage art too!
Until next time, make art...be happy!
Kimberly

11 comments:

  1. I love it! You always make such awesome books!
    xxDaniella

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  2. Love the worn look and all the amazing ephemera! Great job and what a cool kit to have!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! It's so handy to have all my essentials in one place!

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  3. What's the brayer for? Love the idea of the travel toolkit.

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    1. Great question Becky! I like to collage in my books, and the brayer helps everything lie very flat and stick to the page. I also added a pencil, a sharp pair of scissors and a glue stick. Now I'm ready for bookbinding and collage!

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    2. I added a 6" metal straight edge/ruler to the kit I'm putting together. The kit will come in handy when I visit Turkey next spring. I plan on doing lots of journaling and creating on my trip.

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  4. where did you find the tiny brayer? thanks

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  5. Where to get tiny cutting mat? (just example)

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    Thank you for your comments. I am not sure where Kimberly got her cutting mat. You could try a craft store. I have access to a craft wholesaler, and I have bought small cutting mats from him before, although not the green one with markings like Kimberly used. Mine were solid white. Good luck. I hope you are able to find one.

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    1. Haven't seen smaller than A4 at my craft store - will have to keep scanning the web :) (living in Denmark, so selection might be quite different)

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