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At Home with Handmade Books: 28 Extraordinary Bookbinding Projects Made from Ordinary and Repurposed Materials (Make Good: Crafts + Life) Paperback – April 12, 2011
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"This is an elegant, beautiful book that made me want to drop everything and dive into creating one of the 28 lovely projects. The author's clear, step-by-step instructions make even the most complicated stitches easy to re-create."—Decorating Digest Craft & Home Projects
About the Author
Erin Zamrzla earned BFA and MFA degrees in graphic design from Fort Hays State University. Her creations have been featured in Ready Made magazine, and on Design*Sponge, www.coudal.com, www.boingboing.net, www.craftzine.com, www.makezine.com, and www.NOTCOT.org. She is currently designing, painting, and binding books from her home in Santa Monica, California. See more of her work at www.erinzam.com.
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If you're looking for an instructional handbook to be used in the classroom, or if you're simply intrigued and looking to begin a love affair with book binding, then look no further.
As a complete beginner to handmaking books, I appreciated the author giving not only a complete photographic list of all the tools needed, but also her hints as to which tools you REALLY need to get started and which are optional extras. The book offers such a range of projects, but all of them --even the simple ones for us beginners -- are unusual and interesting, which I appreciated. The author never seemed to take the easy way out of throwing in a handful of too-simple ideas, as many craft books do, but seemed to have put a lot of effort into making each handmade book something special.
Another nice touch was the way several projects are grouped together. For example, the travel books. The author gives instructions for making a travel journal, to keep your notes and sketches in, a travel album for your photos, and a third book to keep all the memorabilia, like tickets and coins. TThe author never duplicates her ideas by having many similar-functioning books, but the idea of making a set that complement each other really appeals to me.
Other favourite projects from the book include a bookmark that doubles as a notebook, a children's book with peek-a-boo flaps, a journal with tea-bag pages, and, for when I feel a bit more confident, several books bound in the Japanese style.
So, though I can't say how challenging a more experienced bookbinder might find these projects, the creative materials used and beautiful results are sure to inspire anyone with an interest in making books for themselves or as gifts.