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>> Tuesday, March 16, 2010

1. KarleighJae :: Leather lambskin journal
2. MyHandboundBooks :: Teal suede leather diary
3. anticovalore :: Mini book earrings with green leather
4. greenchairpress :: Walking: original artist book
I recently joined the Bookbinding Etsy Street Team, also known as BEST. The team is a community of Etsy sellers who make handbound books, and I'm excited to join these talented book artists. I'm especially looking forward to their upcoming collaborative book project and the next book swap in May.

You can view the team's blog right here (or by clicking the "Etsy Bookbinders" link on the left side of my blog). The blog is definitely worth checking out; it includes interviews with featured sellers, bookmaking tutorials, books from the book swaps, and more. BEST is also on facebook, and to find books made by BEST members you can search "bookbindingteam" on Etsy.

I've been browsing through all the Etsy shops of BEST members, and I wanted to share a few of my favorite books here. There is such a fantastic variety of styles and materials, and it's inspiring to see what others are making. And the four images below all show books made from found objects: game boards, cigar boxes, paint samples, and beer boxes all repurposed into book covers. Very cool!

5. BooksByStephen :: Upcycled Sorry game journal
6. odelae :: Vintage cigar box journals
7. Re:Paper :: Custom beer box books
8. itsalljustmenagerie :: Paint swatch mini journals

9. windyweatherbindery :: Book with yellow green diamonds
10. GHBooks :: Blank book with purple shimmering paisleys
11. buechertiger :: Green, gold, and black leather journal
12. PrairiePeasant :: Moonlight Snow accordion book

13. MaryJaneHenley :: Mesquite wood and rattlesnake book
14. WeeBindery :: Orange leather journal with jade button
15. parksideharmony :: Italian paper guest book
16. PurplebeanBindery :: Striped buttonhole blank journal


Stephen Lott March 16, 2010 at 11:26 PM  

Thanks for including me! It is such an honor to be among so many talented book artists! I too, enjoy seeing the variety of work that people create. All the best.

elizabeth rosemond March 17, 2010 at 1:38 AM  

I'm a BEST newbie, too! I may follow your lead and do a BEST post...great idea. You definitely picked some of my favorite books from our fellow binders - there is some amazing inspiration out there!!


Antico Valore March 17, 2010 at 2:40 AM  

HI! Welcome!!
thanks to add my mini book earrings!!


buechertiger March 17, 2010 at 10:09 AM  

Yay for the bookbinding team! Glad to have you in the team, Katie, and thanks for including my book :-)

Parkside Harmony March 17, 2010 at 11:11 AM  

What a beautiful post! I love the way you displayed all the books!! Thanks so much for including me :D

Lizzie March 17, 2010 at 11:12 AM  

Hi Katie, it's good to have you in the Team!
This is a cool post - great that you've included some of the team's work on your blog.
You're on my follow list, so I will see any more fun stuff you post!

Anonymous March 17, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

Awesome finds! Everyone apart of the BEST team is so talented. Thanks for including my mini paint swatch journals!

Windy Weather Bindery March 17, 2010 at 4:58 PM  

Welcome to BEST! What a lovely post. Thanks so much for including my book.

PrairiePeasant March 17, 2010 at 9:47 PM  

BEST is a great team, and we're glad to have you aboard Katie! Thanks so much for including me in your feature!
Cheers, Laura

Annie March 18, 2010 at 4:33 PM  

Hey guys, just stopped by to see your photos and they look great. If you're interested, I actually did an audio slideshow about DIY bookbinding class at the Center for Book Arts in New York. Here's the link if you're interested:

Katie March 18, 2010 at 9:00 PM  

Stephen- I was glad to include you. I love your book with the game board covers! What a fantastic idea. There really are so many talented BEST artists. It is such an inspiration.

Elizabeth- If you do end up doing a BEST post, please let me know. I'd love to see which books you pick out. There are so many great ones, and it's fun to browse everyone's shops on Etsy.

Antico- You're certainly welcome. The book earrings are such a clever idea.

Hilke- I'm glad to be in the team too! And I was glad to include your book.

Parkside Harmony- I'm glad you enjoyed the post! It was fun to pick out so many beautiful books to feature.

Lizzie- Thanks! It's good to be in the team! And thank you so much for following my blog. I really appreciate it.

Trace- I was more than happy to include your books. This really is a group of talented artists, isn't it.

Windy Weather- Thanks for welcoming me to the group. And I was glad to include you.

PrairiePeasant- I'm glad to be a part of the group now! It really does seem like a great team.

Annie- Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for posting that link. I will certainly check it out.

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