I’m very much looking forward to doing some books this Summer. I haven’t had a chance to do any this semester, for several reasons: for one thing, I’ve been busting my hump in school and doing practicum (classroom observation,) and for another thing, our new house has had no crafting area until this past weekend, when I bought a six-foot folding banquet table at Target and Karisa set up part of the basement for our respective hobbies. When I got home with my surprise, she showed me hers, and we realized that we had both been on the same wavelength, which is always a nice thing.
I’ve had these ideas rolling around in my case for a while about some new projects. I’m going to try out some Ethiopian coptic chain-stitch journals, which should solve the issue I have with my books not wanting to lie flat. I also have a few design tweaks to try on stab journals for getting them to lie flat, including a double-hinge design, and a multi-hinge design inspired by roll-up blinds that may allow the user to roll the cover back around the spine – but I have yet to deal with how I might design a text block around the concept.
I got some leather from a seller on eBay back in December, and my hands have been itching to do some leather covers. I just ordered some Czech glass beads that look like leaves for specific ideas I have, and I’m looking forward to using those. I’m looking forward to actually determining the grain direction of paper so I can make sure it runs in the correct direction when I make a signature (page section.)
I’m also looking forward to my personal NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.) The month is actually November, but I’ll be in school again and I won’t have time to write until my fingers fall off. So I think I’m going to do June or July. Those are good months.
What are you looking forward to doing this Summer? Feel free to let me know in the comments.