Monday, October 5, 2015

The Day I Got Introduced To Washi Tapes....

Coptic bound books with washi tape spine
I blame it on my cousin... She texted me one day saying we just signed up for a washi workshop. I was like, eh? Ok. Feeling open to the idea, always good to be a student. The best thing was, we get unlimited use of the washi that was available duration of the workshop. And we were encouraged to bring our own things to washi. Naturally I brought along three sets of book blocks, plan on washi-ing the spine.

 Sigh.... by end of workshop, I bought 15 rolls of washi tapes and well, needless to say, my coptic bound books have never been the same.

 The only thing I'm having a hard time with is trying to match my washi to my covers. And that chuck me into another dilemma, do I get more pretty paper to match my washi???

Instead, Im trying this route, use my cousin's washi collection to mix with mine to create more combination which hopefully will match the pretty paper I got at home waiting to be used up! Hehehe...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My Little Temporary Corner

I have a little corner in the house which is more stable temperature wise and also quite pretty I think... And I can actually see how many books I've been making. And honestly, this is probably one of the rare times when I do have a collection building up. Preparing for a charity event happening on the 18th October at one of the recreational club in town (RBRC). Unfortunately after what happened thanks to the fiasco involved preparing for the book retreat, I am all out of boards. Until I can get some cut, there will be no books to make for a while... *cry cry cry*

Lets admire back at the books. Currently am in love with coptic binding with washi-ed spine and secret belgian binding. So I guess until I run out of ideas of washi combination, you'll be seeing a lot of these for a while.

Fixing The Ong Kiat Family Tree Publication

A while back, I was asked if I could help fix a family tree book. I asked to have a look at the book first to see how fixable it was. The leaves have fallen out and it was a perfect binding, as expected. This kind of binding will never last, unless you never open the book. And in this case, it being a family tree book, definitely it will be looked through many a times.

Two options, I could redo the perfect binding as it was before, OR I give it a new binding that WILL last the many times the book will be flipped through over and over but it means I will have to physically mar the book.

Client chose the latter and I chose the stab binding method for it.

Stab binding literally involved stabbing all the way through the thickness of the book. In this case, a power drill helps. Also since we don't have that much allowance, a smaller drill bit was chosen.

Using a neutral bookbinding thread, I added a bit of detail with the spacing of the holes, subtle and smart.

The overall look, I felt the new binding added on to the appeal of the book. It is a strong binding, and they can look through the book to their hearts content. I'm pretty proud of this fix.

The client was happy, but I was a bit insulted when she asked how strong was the thread -__-


Sigh... I am aware people do not know. Or just don't know. Bookbinding threads are strong. They can be used to stitch leather. They. Will. Last. Forever if you don't put anything sharp to intently cut it.

For me, the statement hits on my credibility. The trust. The knowledge. The years.

Maybe the client had been burned before by others. Who knows. Cool part about it was I caught myself, all these feelings. And put it down to, do not take it personally. And left it as that. Notch it up to another personal growth experience.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Bookbinding Retreat @ Kunyit 7 Lodge

 Soooooooooooooooo looking forward to this retreat! We are going to have a great time! Got few more spots left, , got a couple of surprises in store for those signed up. This is a win win for everybody!

 The first time we stayed an Kunyit 7 Lodge, it was a wonderfully fun time. We had a proboscis monkey boat ride experience, a gorgeous sunset view, beautiful light up of the landmark mosque it was practically glowing. And had such a fun evening session bookbinding nobody wanted to go to bed.

Hoping to have that fun again. Its close enough to home, yet far away and different enough.  If you got nothing planned on those dates of 26th - 27th September, we love to have you join us! More details on the retreat in the brochure images in this post! (click on photos for a larger view)

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Come Back Pop Up Event @ Mabohai Shopping Complex

 Right after feeling all invigorated after my bookbinding weekend, I thought ok, gears are turning, lets go. And drum roll please! Pop up event! In one of the fancy shopping malls in Brunei.

And with me, my partner in crime. And the creator of the mini books. I taught her all the bindings I know and she ran away with it and created minis! So adorable I tell you. Follow her on IG @from_chloes_garden.

She was the mastermind of creating our display. All that woodwork came from her. Mini books needed mini shelves. And big books needed proper display stand. She was awesome.

 Some of my big books, hello lovelies! All but one is left shown in this photo. So so happy! Reception was  great, people came and bought books of all sizes. Bookbinding tools were bought We were only around for two days and it was a good enough experience considering it was our first after so so long. People actually asked if we'll be around longer! Maybe next time, thank you for asking :)

And we had workshops running as well! First time in public, it was great! They came, made books, and stayed all day and made more books! We had such a great time, even Mabohai management came and hung out with us throughout the day.

It was a great experience, and we hope good things come up because of it :)

Thank you to those that came, looked, bought, and did the workshops. Thank you to Mabohai Shopping Complex management for having us. Thank you to my awesome partner in crime / cousin.

Time to restock and make more books!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Coptic and Kettle bound books

A combination I've been wanting to try. Rainbow sections with rainbow binding. The exposed spine works great for this. Combined with black textured cover it complimented the rainbows awesomely!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


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