Hand Stitched Pamphlet DIY

March 20th, 2015

Hi all!

Emma here. I’m very excited because next week I’m instructing our Hand Stitched Collage Journal workshop here in the store! Bookbinding can sometimes be a tricky business, and there are a lot of steps that need to be followed. So I’m making an instructional pamphlet for everyone to refer to during the workshop, and take home at the end.

Hand stitched pamphlets look really impressive and are super easy to make, so I thought I’d share a quick guide on how to sew one!

First, you want to layout all your pages. If you’re doing a double sided pamphlet like I did, this can feel a little weird because the layouts tends to look backwards. The trick is to count how many pages you have, then find your 2 middle pages, because these will be facing each other, and will therefore be printed on the same sheet of paper (I had 8 pages, so my middle pages were 4 & 5). Then, work backwards from there. If your middle pages are 4 & 5, then the back of that page is 3 & 6.

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Once you have the pages laid out, print or photocopy them so they’re double sided. You can also make a separate cover in a different colour if you want to get really fancy!

Now it’s time to assemble your pamphlet. Put all the sheets together in order, and fold them in half. I used a bone folder to get a really nice crease (available in store for $9.95).

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Next, I created a template with 3 holes in it: One in the centre, one near the top and one near the bottom (the last two should be equidistant from the centre).

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Put the template in the middle of your pamphlet and punch the same three holes through your pages. Measure out your thread (2x the length of your spine) and thread your needle. I really love sewing with the waxed linen thread we have in the store (20 yards of 2-ply for only $4.50!). The waxy coating helps ensure you don’t rip through the paper you’re sewing.

Begin sewing in the centre hole, leaving a 1″ piece outside your pamphlet. Sew back out the top hole, then all the way to the bottom hole. When your pulling your stitches tight, make sure to gently pull parallel to the spine to further prevent ripping. Resurface through the middle hole and tie the two ends together.

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And voila! This is one of the easiest forms of a book to make, and I love making little pamphlet books for my family and friends. Come check out our enormous in store selection of 8.5 x 11 papers, perfect for pamphlet making!

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Happy weekend!

Emma

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For those that need to get away

March 12th, 2015

I was recently fortunate enough to escape a few weeks of this cold Canadian winter on a trip to Costa Rica. Upon returning I found I had travel on the brain more than ever and found myself gravitating towards items in the store that reflected my nomadic spirit.

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We have a multitude of products in store to appeal to those looking to travel or interested in geography. Everything from travel journals, notecards, stickers, maps, and papers that depict patterns from around the globe.

jm-for-blog-450x257I found I was especially drawn to our patterned wave and botanical Chiyogami, Zuiun, and Shibori Handmade Japanese decorative papers. I found it hard to look at them and not see swirling sand, tropical plants, and the beautiful gradients of the sunsets I had watched in the prior weeks. For those that scrapbook or create photo albums after travel be sure to browse through our binders in store because you may find treasures like these papers that you never knew about before.

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Scratching off Costa Rica on our display interactive Scratch Map by Luckies of London ($29.95) was one of the first things I did upon arrival back to the store. These maps are a great way of tracking where you’ve been and where you want to go next. Travel aficionados feel free to make your mark on our map next time you’re in store to share where you’ve been. I know I can’t wait to be able to scratch more destinations off.

-Justine

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Stitched Spine Collage Journal Workshop!

March 6th, 2015


Tuesday March 24th, 6:30-9:30pm – $65 + HST

Come flex your creative muscles and learn a brand new skill in our Stitched Spine Collage Journal workshop! Hand-bound books are not only incredibly satisfying to make, but they also make great (and impressive!) gifts for friends and family. Combining the art of collage with our beautiful Japanese papers, this darling little journal is the perfect introduction to the world of bookbinding.

Payment is required upon registration for all workshops to guarantee a space. You may register in person at the store or by phone with a credit card. Withdrawal allowed up to three days before the workshop. There are no refunds after that time. Unfortunately we do not have access to washroom facilities at the store. Adult participants only please (unless specifically stated).

Call us at: (416) 703-0089 – 887 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON. M6J 1G5

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Washi Tape Keyboard

March 4th, 2015

A few months ago when thinking about what else I could possibly cover with washi tape next, it occured to me…laptop keyboard!

Here’s how it turned out:

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Basically I chose my tapes, then made a quick template for the key sizes and went to it! I’d suggest choosing tapes that are either a lighter colour or have some white spaces (like the plus sign tape above) so that you’re still able to see which keys are which. The navy with polka dots that I chose is a bit dark, but if I put my keyboard backlight all the way up I can still figure out what’s what.

Here are some fun colour and pattern combos to try out on your own keyboard!

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Fun Florals

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Bright and geometric!

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And last but not least…travel/airmail themed!

So go ahead and try it for yourself! We have these tapes, plus many many more in the store, and we frequently get new ones. I’m happy to report that after about 5 months of use, my keyboard makeover is still holding up quite well.

Happy taping!

-Emily

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DIY Bunting

March 3rd, 2015

Bunting is a classic party decoration and best of all, you can keep it up  all year round!

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For this project I used Italian Decorative Papers, which come in 26 different and amazing patterns!

You will also need the following supplies:

-cutting mat

-utility knife

-ruler

-ribbon punch

– Italian Decorative Paper

– flag template (instructions found on pages 16-21 of the Paper & Craft book by Chronicle Books).

 

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This is an easy way to personalize your party decor and really fun to make. I made this in a snap! Check it out! :)

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I love the way all the Italian Decorative paper patterns work together! Happy DIY crafting!

-Margaret

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