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Baby birthday card book

1 Nov

This book contains a collection of a baby’s birthday cards. A lot of the time, these cards remain in a box or bottom of a drawer, some inevitably getting lost along the way.

I bound these cards together using a medieval style of limp leather binding. This style of binding has been used since the 14th century and was particularly popular with members of the clergy and travelling journeymen.

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I have strengthened each card along its spine to ensure the stability of the book. The end paper – lining the leather and making up the first and last page – is a thick handmade paper from Nepal. It has a beautiful velvety texture with real leaves forming part of the paper.

Birthday card book

16 Jan

I was recently given a stack of cards that had been diligently collected by a mother spanning her daughter’s whole life. They included baby cards, confirmation booklets, birthday cards to her wedding day cards – a beautiful collection and record of the past. Lots of the cards containing personal messages were from people¬†who have since past away.

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The daughter asked me would it be possible to bind them altogether in some way. I love a challenge and this sounded like a lovely way to gather the cards together.

Since the cards were all different shapes and sizes, I had to think carefully about the binding, ensuring that it would not be weak in any part. I strengthened up several of the cards using Japanese paper along the folds. I also distributed the various shaped cards evenly throughout the book in order to minimize the chance of weak areas. The cards were bound individually to each other and I also used lashings of binder’s glue to stabilise the book.