Scribble Drawing Handmade Book, best of both worlds
I have a secret love. Okay, it's not a secret at all if you know me. This love is what originally made me a photographer, but now has been displaced into another world, the world of bookmaking. Yes, it's a love of paper. You see, when I became a photographer, it was about the print. The photographic paper, and the magic of the darkroom. Taking a negative and watching your image appear on the light sensitive paper underneath a red light, and perfecting the highlights and shadows in order to get the perfect print on paper. Now, sadly, the world is digital, and yes there are still some great photo papers to get great prints on, but it doesn't involve my hands, but the work of a printer. So, this left a void in my life, a void of using my hands to create something to hold. This sounds over-dramatic, but seriously, I missed paper when I switched to all digital photography. Any photographer who learned how to print, might have gone through the same grieving process I did if they were in love with printing like me. So in grad school I had the privilege to take a few bookmaking classes, and let me tell you, I had so much fun! Picking paper, sewing, glueing, selecting book cloth and waiting the hours for the final book to dry, all so I could hold in my hand something that was my creation, something that I had made!
Since having babies, I have made a few books, but bookmaking involves a lot of trimming (use of an exact-o knife), precision, and patience that I have not really had the time to focus on it the way I would have liked. A few weeks ago, on a glorious day of a simultaneous 3 1/2 hour nap from my two boys, (which is rare) I was able to make a book using all recycled material. I had been pondering for some time what to do with all the paper that my son Noah was using to learn how to scribble. He would put a few marks on one paper and then would want a brand new piece to color on, which is fine, but we were going through a significant amount of paper per week. (can you relate parents?) I'm not a huge fan of coloring books, because I want him to make his own pictures, even when he is just one year old. On a completely different subject, I found myself using some of those scribble pages to make grocery lists on, random to do lists, writing recipes on, etc. Then it hit me, I could use all his drawings as pages for a journal/to do list book that I could make myself! This solved so many problems....
1) expenses on paper for Noah to color on (finding more than one purpose)
2) need of scrap paper for random lists for me,
3) keeping the drawings for sentimental value,
4) and the void in my life for the need to create while having to stay in the house due to babies napping and cold weather!
So, below are images from my most recent book that I made. The pages are drawings Noah has made, the cover is made from a cereal box and left over scrapbook paper, the binding is done with carpet thread and sobo glue, and that's pretty much it! Enjoy! If you want to purchase a journal or book like this let me know! I can use scribble pages I have or would love to use your children's scribble pages for your own sentimental value!