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!

8 comments:

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

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

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  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 :-)

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  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!

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  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!
    -Carolyn

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  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!

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  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 boomboxbindery.com and travel related posts at adventuringholtsclaws.blogspot.com.

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

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