Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mission Accomplished: Guest Books & Exciting News

Voila! Three earth friendly looking guest books! I've obscured the logos on the front covers, but otherwise, that's just what they look like. I finished them on Friday morning, so I had plenty of time to turn them in before their afternoon deadline.

Ollie kept me company, and thankfully a squirrel kept him entertained, so he wasn't chasing paper around the bindery!

Here is a shot of what I use for my job backer (the contraption that holds the text block in place while the shoulders are formed). Gilding boards with binders board support strips are set securely into a lying press. I use a jewelers hammer and a fender hammer for rounding.

It had been a while since I'd sewn an endband, and it was fun to get to do six of them!

 Now for the biggest news of all! On Wednesday Josh and I found out that we'll be relocating to Paris for 3 months! He leaves on Friday and I'll join him the first week of April after I finish up projects in the bindery. It's just now sinking in that this is really happening. I didn't have time to think about it while I was working on the guest books, so it's been a great weekend just daydreaming about all of the things we'll get to see and do in the next couple of months. Me-oh-my!


  1. How exciting for you! Have a wonderful time! I look forward to hearing of your adventures on your blog.

  2. Oh la la! Have a wonderful time in Paris!

  3. Beautiful picture of the book in the lying press!
    And you will be in Paris - that's almost close! (About 580km or 360 miles, or 5 hours in the car.) Maybe we can manage to meet for an afternoon some time. Should you find your way a little bit nearer still to the river Rhine, let me know :-)

  4. So exciting!!! I'm so jealous. Living abroad is one of those things I'm dying to do one day. Enjoy every second of it and keep a good journal while you're there!

  5. Monica that is so exciting! I am so happy I checked your blog today and found out your great news! I wonder if my mom knows; it would be awesome to know something before she did, as you might be aware the Doyle children are always out of the loop! Have a great time!

  6. The books turned out great, Monica! It's fun to see how you are backing your books. It looks like it's working well, but I would love to hear your thoughts on using the gilding boards. I use a similar setup, but with the backing boards from Talas. It works, but I sure do miss having a job backer!

    I am so excited for your upcoming adventure and can't wait to hear about it!

  7. Thanks everyone for sharing in our excitement!!

    I've responded to a couple of you via email, so I could write a bit more than this comment section will allow!

    I'll be sure to blog about our adventures, with book related posts here at and travel related posts at

  8. Wow! Congrats Monica! How exciting! The books are beautiful and Paris will be too! :)


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