Category Archives: Handmade Books

Memories of Love – a Vintage Valentine Flutter Book for You to Cut and Fold

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I’m  a sucker for Valentine’s Day. Perhaps it is my love for chocolate or perhaps it is the pretty cards. My otherwise non-gushy husband often gives me a beautiful, sentimental card that melts my heart for the rest of the year — (I usually hear “ditto” in response to my professions of love.)

This year I’ve made a flutter book for you using images of the valentines I remember from my childhood. Remember those pretty paper valentines with the silly sayings and thin white envelopes? One of my earliest memories is being home sick from school, laying on our teal floral couch (it was the 70’s) and carefully signing my valentines in my best penmanship.

Whether as a gift for a friend, an addition to your collection, or as a way to share with your children the valentines of your youth, I hope you enjoy. Feel free to print and share as many as you’d like.

2016 Memories of Love by Ginger Burrell

This is a big file, so be patient. Click on the title below to download. Print on nice paper. For the demo book, to avoid the stark white, I printed mine on Wausau Royal Fiber in Birch. Be careful when you print. If your print dialogue defaults to “fit to page” it won’t work quite right. The book is designed to have the valentines centered on each page.

2016 Memories of Love by Ginger Burrell

After printing your page, fold the paper in half with the images on the outside and use a bone folder to make your crease sharp.

Memories of Love Flutter Book Instructions -Ginger Burrell (1 of 7)

With your paper still folded, fold each end into the middle fold. Remember to crease every fold. Unfold.

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Now fold your paper in half lengthwise. Crease with your bonefolder, then unfold.

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Re-fold your paper in half the first direction with the images on the outside. Cut with scissors, very carefully, from the top of the fold, down to the horizontal fold.

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Keeping your book folded, use the outer two folded halves to push inward. The cut halves will fold the other way so you have an X.

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Lay flat and press starting with the back page (the iron valentine). Voila!

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For more free Valentine’s books and instructions check out:

Valentine's Book for blog (1 of 2)

Make a Book for Your Sweetheart: Valentine’s Mosaic

 

 

 

and

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A Valentine’s Flutter Book for Your Sweetheart

 

 

 

Wishing you and your loved ones a nice holiday.

~Ginger

http://www.gingerburrell.com

 

 

Workshop: Valentine’s Book for Your Sweetheart – Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

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Valentine’s Book for Your Sweetheart

**Two spaces left for the workshop this Saturday, February 6, 2016 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Ginger’s Morgan Hill Studio**

Create a box full of books that we’ll make out of polymer clay “chocolate” and paper. Your sweetheart will want to eat the delicious looking chocolates and then be tickled to find out that each is really a book with your sentiments inside. Make a whole box full for someone special or several small books for individuals. Class fee $100, Materials Fee $15

Here are some photos of the chocolates that other students have made in this class in previous years:

Stephanie Wolfson

Nancy Welch

Carol Dwinell

Questions? Please feel free to email.

~Ginger

http://www.gingerburrell.com

Gifts from Cathryn Miller

Artists in general are some of the most kind and generous people I’ve met. Book Artists, specifically, are especially giving of their time and talent. It is pretty easy to find free tutorials on how to bind handmade books, but unusual to find books with actual content available for free.

Cathryn Miller, of Byopia Press, offers two artists’ books for you to print and make at home.

The most recent, a DIY artists’ book (although she’s really done most of the work for you) is titled Feathers. It is beautiful! And well worth your time.

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Another interesting, well designed and fun project for you to make at home is CROP. Cathryn includes excellent step-by-step instructions with photos.

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I hope you enjoy the projects. Be sure to drop Cathryn Miller a line and say thank you!

~Ginger

http://www.gingerburrell.com

 

Book Release: Birth/Control

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Today I am proud to share with you a new artist book, Birth/Control.

Birth/Control explores the history and public debate surrounding what should be a private decision between a woman and her doctor.

Birth/Control features eleven signatures, each with an original poem and layered imagery of quotes, birth control methods and the female reproductive system.

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In between signatures are female silhouettes, not of the stereotypical sexualized form, but of real women, each as individual as the choices she makes.

The locket, which usually would hold photos of one’s children, instead holds the title and alludes to the clamshell design of birth control pill packets.

I’ve had a wonderful response so far to Birth/Control with comments about the beautiful design elements as well as the rich content. I’ll be showing the work at Codex beginning February 8th, 2015. For more images.

Halloween Cut and Fold Books Free for You to Make and Share

I made these years ago for a class I was teaching and enjoy offering them every year about this time. Feel free to print and make as many copies as you’d like.  The images and jokes are from around the web. Obviously they are not for commercial purposes… In case you haven’t made this kind of book before (sometimes called an X book), there are instructions at the bottom of this post.

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Ghost Humor

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Pumpkin Humor

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Skeleton humor

Mini book assembly instructions

Wishing you a fun and not-too-scary Halloween!

~Ginger

http://www.gingerburrell.com

The Power of Art with Children (or Why Every Child Should Make Books, Lots of Them)

This is an extraordinary example of a partnership between an artist and school children.  Titled, If I Had a Garden, this book is a real treat. I’d tell you more about what I loved, but I’ll ruin the surprise…

Thank you to Klaus von Mirbach for sharing this on the BookArts ListServ.

You’ll find more of Klaus’ work in his blog. I think his work is amazing!

I especially enjoyed his photographs on his work with schoolchildren.

Have you made art with school children? I’d love to feature your work, too. Please email me or leave me a comment.

~Ginger

http://www.gingerburrell.com

A Valentine’s Flutter Book for Your Sweetheart

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I love Valentine’s day. I know many people scoff and I certainly would be the first to argue that you should be telling your loved ones a lot more often that they are special to you… That being said, I can’t resist sentiment, red hearts or glitter!

Last year my Valentine’s gift to you was the instructions for a book with a  Polymer Clay Mosaic cover. This year I thought I’d make you a Flutter Book (also called an X Book, Maze Book, or a Cut and Fold Book).

Ginger Burrell Flutter Book Roses Are Red 2014

 

To create the graphics for this book, I took a basic red heart and used Adobe Illustrator filters on it. This simple technique creates both the variation and the similarity that hold the book together. In a nod to the Valentines of our youth, the text is an assortment of “Roses are Red” sayings that were collected from around the web. The heart on the last page is white in the middle so that you can write in a message of your choice. (Feel free to add glitter…)

Here is the file, print as many as you’d like. Click the link to get the PDF.

Ginger Burrell Flutter Book Roses Are Red 2014

To assemble your book, first print on the highest print quality that your printer will produce. If you’d like a paper that feels velvety and more special than plain copy paper, try Hammermill Color Copy. (Trust me, you’ll fall in love with this silky paper.) Be careful when you print – my print dialogue kept defaulting to “fit to page” which changes the dimensions and will make your book turn out catty-wampus. It is designed to have the hearts and poems centered on each page.

After printing your page, fold the paper in half  (with the images on the outside). Use a bone folder to make the crease sharp.

Ginger Burrell - Valentines Flutter Book Directions (1 of 7)

With your paper still folded, fold each end into the middle fold.  Remember to crease every fold. Unfold.

Ginger Burrell - Valentines Flutter Book Directions (3 of 7)

Ginger Burrell - Valentines Flutter Book Directions (4 of 7)

Now fold your paper in half lengthwise and unfold. Again, crease carefully.

Ginger Burrell - Valentines Flutter Book Directions (5 of 7)

Re-fold your paper in half, with the images on the outside, and cut with scissors, very carefully, from the top of the fold, down to the horizontal fold.

Ginger Burrell - Valentines Flutter Book Directions (6 of 7)

Keeping your book folded, use the outer two folded halves and push inward. The cut halves will fold the other way, so you have an X. Lay flat and press, starting with the back page. Voila!

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones!

~Ginger

http://www.gingerburrell.com