This is a new book that will be out in July. I share a bit about it with you today because it is part of a cool story behind the Makeready Journal that will be given to visitors to the Craftside Booth at Maker Faire on May 30th and 31st at the San Mateo County Expo Center.
Re-Bound shows readers how to take every day materials
from around the house, flea markets and thrift stores, and
hardware and office supply stores, and turn them into
fabulous books. Instead of saying, What can I make a book
out of, readers will be thinking, What can't I make a book
out of? In Re-Bound, a vintage souvenir wallet becomes
a photo album. Last year's trendy sweater becomes a takealong
journal. Even potato chip bags get a second life as a
handy pocket notebook. This fun pursuit is economical as
well as ecological. A variety of attractive, uncomplicated
bindings, how-to instructions, and step-outs bring each
project to life.
Jeannine Stein (Los Angeles, CA) has been making
books for more than 15 years, exploring bindings,
mediums, and techniques. She has studied with
notable book artists Daniel Essig, Keith Smith, Kitty
Maryatt, and Charlene Matthews. Her work has been
featured in such Quarry titles as Pockets, Pullouts,
and Hiding Places, Beyond Scrapbooks, and 100 Ideas
for Stationery, Cards, and Invitations. Her projects
have also been appeared in magazines, including
Home Companion, Romantic Country, and Stamper's
Here is an inside peek into one of the pages of Re-Bound and next to it is the Makeready journal.
The Story of Our “Makeready Journal”
This Makeready Journal, by Craftside, was inspired by Maker Faire’s 2009 theme: Re-Make America. Maker Faire celebrates what President Obama calls “the risk takers, the doers, and the makers of things,” and this gift is just a sample of the creative things we are capable of doing.
This is how our book was made…
You may have noticed the unusual appearance of the cover and interior. The cover and the interior pages of this book were made from scraps that are normally thrown away as trash. Yes, we could have made this book look perfect, but we really like the funky effect of random pages—and hope you do, too.
The covers are made from the “makeready” of two of our newest books: Re-Bound andThe Crafter's Devotional. Makeready is the waste created as the printer calibrates the correct ink colors while “making the press ready” for the actual print run, which will create the finished sheets. Usually, these 200–300 sheets of makeready are thrown out. Craftside used these sheets in the manufacturing of the cover and the endpapers of the book.
The interior pages were created from scraps, as well. Mill end is the paper left on the roll at the end of a production run. Although they’re usually thrown out, we used mill ends to make the pages in this book. This is why they are not all the same color.
We hope you enjoy your Makeready Journal.
Pretty cool repurposing of supplies from the manufacturing of books, hu?
Are you going to Maker Faire?
Have you been?
What was the coolest thing you saw there?
I have never been but am so looking forward to it!