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An elegant wedding book bound for Norway

>> Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Norway bookbinding

I created this customized wedding guest book over the summer for a couple in Norway.  The bride, Nora, selected a teal paper with a tiny gold dot pattern for the covers of this book.  I had just one sheet of this beautiful chiyogami paper from Japan in my stash, and I'd been waiting for the perfect project to use it.  

I was excited with Nora picked this paper for her wedding book, and I loved the way this book turned out.  I paired the teal paper with a gold coated lokta paper for the endsheets (the paper on the inside of the covers) and the guards (which gives the spine of the book a shimmery touch of elegance). The book was sewn with white linen thread using the Coptic binding technique. 

Soon after making this book when I wanted to order more of this particular teal paper, I was disappointed to learn that it was no longer available.  I only had a partial sheet left, just enough to make one (or maybe two) more books.  But thankfully my luck changed a few months later.  In late December when I placed a large paper order from my favorite paper supplier, I was thrilled to discover that it was back in stock. I ordered several sheets of this design in teal, pink, and orange — all of which are now part of my 2012 paper collection for custom wedding books or baby books

Book for Norway couple

Nora and Truls


Lizzie February 28, 2012 at 4:40 PM  

What a lovely project, Katie. I am sure they will love it! Gorgeous book - love the gold lokta paper (I wonder if they sell that in UK...).
I also like to use contrast paper for dust-wraps / guards round each section - it can add an extra dimension to a book and give it a real lift, making it extra-special.

Glad you were able to find more supplies of this paper design (and in other colours!). I bought a couple of sheets of a lovely Indian paper, a long way from home, in Gloucestershire. Had only 1 sheet of each and now have almost none left. I would love to get some more, but can't find it. One day I will learn to buy more than one sheet!!

I love this teal and gold combi - it really is a special book.

Katie March 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM  

Thank you so much, Lizzie!

The gold lokta paper that I use is this one from Paper Mojo:

I believe they ship worldwide, but I'm not sure how much the shipping cost would be. I'm really glad that I was able to find more of the dotted papers too. I really love them! I try to keep a wide variety of papers in my studio at any given time, but because of this I often have smaller quantities of each and I'm always sad to run out of a favorite choice.

Have you made anything yet from the Indian paper you purchased? Let me know when you do. I'd love to see it!

Kimberly Jones March 2, 2012 at 7:21 AM  

What a beautiful book! The papers are so gorgeous! Thanks for the link to Paper Mojo. I already have several papers in my cart!

Katie March 2, 2012 at 9:37 AM  

Hi, Kimberly! Paper Mojo is a fantastic company with a great selection of papers and top-notch customer service. It's run by three women in Raleigh, NC and I had the chance to meet them in person when I participated in an art show in Raleigh last spring. I hope you find some great papers to order! Happy bookbinding!

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