Letterboxing Starter Kit

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If you like scavenger hunts, hiking, art, traveling, and/or solving puzzles, then letterboxing is for you. Letterboxes containing unique stamps are planted around the world. People follow clues, sometimes solve puzzles, and occasionally need to take a hike in order to find them. When they do, they stamp the letterbox’s exclusive stamp into their journal and stamp their personal, handcrafted stamp into the letterbox’s logbook. Letterboxes can be found practically anywhere. You can look for them near your hometown or … Read More

Bookbinding Class Final Project: A Field Guide to the Rare and Mythical Creatures of Illinois

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During my master’s degree, I decided to take one elective outside of my focus on bookbinding and had a very enjoyable summer stitching together books and listening to world history on book craftsmanship. For our final project, we had to create content for the book in addition to the structure. I had just finished a year as a school librarian in Shelbyville, IL and was inspired by my fifth grade classes. During my lesson on evaluating information sources, I showed … Read More

Getting Started With Paper Marbling

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Paper marbling is by far my favorite arts and crafts activity. You can buy a paper marbling kit or make due with the supplies you have lying around the house. You can research old-school techniques and patterns or go crazy and experiment. The end results are always fantastic. Supplies: Tray for marbling Tray for rinsing marbled paper Acrylic paints Small stick (or in my case a plastic fork) Containers to mix paint Strips of paper for clean up Paper Carrageenan … Read More

Creating a Little Free Library – Part 1

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My husband and I are building a Little Free Library for our front yard. Little Free Libraries are small containers used as book exchanges. Signs encourage patrons to take a book or leave a book. You can register with the Little Free Library organization to get yours put on their map and receive newsletters and tips for being a steward. Buying one of the bird-house resembling cookie-cutter libraries wasn’t our style. Andy learned to weld last year, so I bought … Read More

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