Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I should have called my blog Procrastinating Lizard instead of Perplexed Lizard.

I just finished stitching a couple of books that started out to be a very simple project. I was wasting time one day on YouTube when I came across a video titled Coptic Binding on Boards. I thought the method Jim was using for the coptic might be easier than the method I was used to. I also liked the idea of recycling cardboard. I had a large stack of cardboard at work that would be perfect for this type of book. Or so I thought. There was a large stack sitting in a box in the back room for a long time until I decided that it had been there too long and I still didn't have a use for it so off it went into the recycling bin. I did manage to find a couple of pieces that had recently arrived so I brought them home. I was all set to start making a very simple book for practice when I decided I need to paint them first. Of course this process took me some time, mostly because I have no room to work in my studio (that is another story that I won't get into.

Anyway I gessoed the boards first and then added some light weight spackle, imprinted a few patterns and lastly painted the boards. I already had some paper torn down for another book I was going to make but decided to paint some of the inside papers first. I usually use 4 sheets for each signature but this time I thought I would just go with 1 white, 1 painted and 1 kraft. The main reason for this was I had just enough pre torn pages for this scenario.

In the end I didn't use the coptic method from this video. Well I did to begin with but I had to take the first one I stitched apart after almost finishing the book and when I started again I just automatically started stitching from the first signature.


  1. Those are AWESOME, Liz!! I have a new book that I've just started as well, but I'm putting off the binding part. I wish my bindings looked as tidy as yours do.

  2. Hi Lizard!!!!!!!! How are you? I was so tickled to see your post on my blog! Sending hugs girlfriend and hoping that your summer is going well! Your book here is amazing, love the texture from the spackle! Wow!

  3. Hey Lizzie! Have been trying to find you. Pop over to my blog because you won! I'll wait a few more days to hear from you and then will have to pick another winner so I hope to hear from you soon! Thanks! Rhonda...

    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

  4. Hi Lizzie
    I had to re-draw for the My Memories scrapbooking software and your name was chosen.
    Please check out this post to get my email and contact me by Sat Sept 1st
    congrats and have a great day