Wednesday, 12 December 2012


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we will not be blogging here anymore.
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Sunday, 23 September 2012

More TN refills!

I was in Spain a while back and of course, had to visit one of my favourite stationery shops over there. They've got a nice selection of products, many of which I had never seen here in the UK.

One of those things was a ream of A4 quadrille paper without any margins nor punch holes. And a different size of quadrille!
For those of you who might be wondering what 'quadrille' means, it is basically what others know as 'squared' paper, you know, the paper you use in school for maths, etc. 
As you know, the usual size for these squares, at least here in Europe, tends to be 5mm x 5mm. The paper I found has got a larger size of squares at 8mm x 8mm! 
I am sincerely loving this paper!

The paper itself feels quite thin and smooth, with the grid printed in a very light blue, thus not interfering with the content you add.
Ink and paper tests

Of course, before using it for my notebooks, I had to test the paper quality using fountain pens and ink:

Lamy Al-Star with Monteverde purple ink:
Ink and paper tests

Lamy Vista with Lamy blue ink:
Ink and paper tests

J.Herbin rollerball with J. Herbin Vert Pre (green) ink:
Ink and paper tests

Padrino fp with Iroshizuku Yama-budo (crimson glory vine) ink:
Ink and paper tests
I didn't write more with this combo, as my Padrino pen is not working properly, skipping quite a lot.

I must say that all pen+ink combos performed well, without any feathering, except for a slight bleedthrough from the wetter nibs, such as the Al-Star and the rollerball by J. Herbin.

So, being satisfied with the results I proceeded to make a few refills for Midori's Passport size Traveler's Notebook:
Quadrille Notebook Refill

Quadrille Notebook Refill

Aren't they lovely? You can see more of them in my etsy store.
Also, if you'd like a version for the large Midori, please give me a shout as I can also make them for you :)

Sunday, 2 September 2012

A unique album to store all those lovely pictures from London

A while ago, I mentioned I was working on a UK inspired photo album. My friend, a fellow expat like me who's had to look for a better life here in London after the financial crisis left our countries in ruins, requested this album so he could save all those memories from his life in rainy London.

Most of the time, I thoroughly discuss the custom orders I get with my client, trying to cater the requested item to their taste. This time though, I was lucky that my friend gave me carte blanche with his album. The only requisite was that the theme be UK/London, but to not use the infamous phrase "Keep Calm and...".
The only problem with having all this freedom though, is that it makes my design process even slower, as I tend to get stuck on vague ideas, not sure how they will turn out.

So, after some trial and error, and not being convinced with the initial design I had, an idea occurred to me that both satisfied me and the message I was trying to convey.

The front cover features a sketch in pencil and watercolour of the Union Jack. I also added interesting facts, handwritten in pencil, about the UK, the Union Jack and a cheeky bit about the weather. ( This is a constant complaint for all of us who come from the south!)

The back cover is also done in pencil and watercolour, showing slight sketches of some London landmarks that I know he really likes.

The inside pages consist of blue card and they are stitched together with red thread to give contrast. I also added another cute touch by using the Tube map as the spines of the signatures.

I hope once my friend starts using it, he will let me photograph it, so I can share how it looks in use.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Alvin's notesketchbook

One of the recent projects I worked on was a birthday request from a work colleague. She wanted to surprise her boyfriend with the kind of notebook he had been unsuccessfully searching for.

It had to be an A5 size, lay flat, and very portable. But the most important characteristic was that it had to have quadrille (squared) pages. He would use it as both a notebook and sketchbook, to support his designs with relevant annotations.

Like me, he is also a huge japanophile, so coming up with the design for the cover was not only easy, but lots of fun as well. Here are some pics:

Alvin's notesketchbook
The cover reads 'Alvin's Notebook' in Japanese

Alvin's notesketchbook
Coptic binding makes it easy to open all the way

Alvin's notesketchbook
Quadrille pages

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Etsy store now open!

My etsy store is active again!

I now have got the time to work on my handmade books, and get more ideas for other projects.
I am adding items as I finish making them, so it is slowly growing.

Those custom orders I normally work on aren't shown there, as I don't go through etsy to sell them, mostly because I know the people IRL.
One of those current projects is a British themed photo album. I will make sure to add pictures of it once I've finished it.

Please do visit or tell your friends about it.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Personal delivery!

Finally I will get to give these books to their rightful owners!

For Laura:
A book of travels, sturdy enough to keep all her photographs and memories of the awesome travels she's done. In a A4 format so she can even paste that paper menu from that delicious tiny little noodle bar in Sydney!

A book of concerts, with loose set lists so she can bring them to the concerts so she won't be left trying to remember all the songs from that concert two weeks ago. She can them simply attach them once she's written and posted pictures about it.

For Sergio:
A sketchbook. His third one from 21Kittens. Complete with a penloop and pencil. And even more pages this time! He goes through them so fast, I don't have enough time to come up with the cover design!

Thank you very much to the both of you, and hopefully you will enjoy using them as much as I did making them!

Sunday, 16 January 2011

First post of 2011!!!

I received a request for two notebooks on September last year.

They are taking me forever to finish! not so much due to the complexity that I've put upon one of them, but also due to lack of time.

But finally, TODAY I was able to finish ONE!
It has been a real struggle to finish it! I finished it in December, but had forgotten one very important detail:
Marking the fold so that the cover would open. Alas, No matter how I tried, I simply couldn't open it, and ended up ruining the cover from all the attempts.

This meant I had to redo the cover. I didn't have any material left, so until I had some time to go shopping for it, also added more delay.

Yesterday I was about to finish it, but once again, luck wasn't on my side. I applied too much water to the glue so when I pasted the drawing onto the cardboard, it formed bubbles which just wouldn't flatten! So I was forced redo the whole thing YET AGAIN!!

That is why it is such a big deal that I finally finished it today, only an hour ago!!

And now the notebook opens, and it is pretty and hopefully its new owner will enjoy it!

Pictured are just a couple of sneak peaks from the first version. The new one won't be published until they've been delivered to its owner :)

Thursday, 29 July 2010

A bag for my best friend :)

Oh's been ages since I last updated this blog!

Had way too many things going on at once, and frankly speaking, the fact that I have to write a post both in English and Spanish can become quite tedious.

So I've decided that since I'm already living in the UK, I will only write in English as of now.


So, my last project. In May I made a bag for my best friend. I must admit I almost kept it, because I liked it so much, but I had already promised it to him...

Anyway, here are some pics!

Sergio's Bag: Front

Sergio's Bag

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

First Notebook of the Year

Hello there!
Gotten back to working on my bookbinding again. Here's just a sneak peak at my current work

Estos días he retomado la encuadernación. Las imágenes de arriba son apenas una muestra del cuaderno en el que estoy trabajando actualmente.
Si no lo termino esta noche, es porque me atrapé viendo LOST...