Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Gifts Tutorial & Giveaway

As I mentioned yesterday, I created a tutorial in pdf form for the Gathering of Gifts: Accordion Book workshop. It has 14 pages of step-by-step instructions and two pages of quotes to use in the books you make. I am offering it on for $5.00. I particularly like lulu for downloadable digital files because the buyer has an account where the pdf is always stored. Should it get lost on your computer, you can always have access to it online.

I am giving away two copies of the tutorial to two randomly selected people who share a favorite quote in their comments. I will compile the quotes in a later post. Please make sure your email address is included so I can contact you if you are chosen. The comments will close at midnight on Friday December 9.

A Gathering of Gifts Accordion Book Tutorial can be purchased at


Judy Shreve said...

Recently - happily - just found your blog. And it would be fabulous to have a copy of your tutorial because I've just begun to learn book making/binding.
Here is my favorite quote:

"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly - what is essential is invisible to the eye." -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

judyshreve (at) mac (dot) com

Unknown said...

Fav quote:
The woods are lovely, dark and deep

Debbie said...

Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
Mark Twain

Shelley said...

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.

Phyllis Diller

My favorite because I live it everyday!

Anonymous said...

Love your work and how generous you are in sharing!. I've directed many to your tutorials. A favorite quotation that hangs in my kitchen is from Louisa May Alcott: "she is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain." in some sources it reads "addled her brain."

AES said...

Oh, can I leave two? I hope it doesn't disqualify me :)

Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos - Don Kardong

She could not have gazed at him with a more rapturous intensity if she had been a small child and he a saucer of ice cream - P.G.Wodehouse

Thanks both for your wonderful blogs and for the giveaway!

Linda Branch Dunn said...

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. Katherine Hepburn

Your work is a terrific inspiration to me, especially when I teach. Thank you.

Linda Branch Dunn said...

O yes, ice cream quotes. Here's another:
"Enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate. That's my philosophy."

Thorton Wilder


Hannah said...

To be or not to be, that is the question... Shakespear (macbeth)

Thanks for an awsome giveaway

Anonymous said...

My interest in book arts continues to grow, and your site is such an inspiration to me - thank you for all your sharings! My favourite quote:

"The essential thing is to be moved; to love, to hope, to tremble, to live."

Author unknown; I found this on an 1800's sampler made by a young girl. Have stitched it up myself several times.
- Rosann (

Mrs. Adamik said...

“What is REAL?" asked the Velveteen Rabbit one day... "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When [someone] loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.

"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand... once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always.”
― Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real

from Mary Adamik

Beth said...

Susan, I just love receiving your daily updates and photos of your projects (your vision.) Here's one of my favorite-ist quotes:

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." - Jorge Luis Borges

HawaiianLibrarian said...

I am a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, children's librarian, papercrafter. I am Hawaiian. Mahalo, thank you for sharing your knowledge and creativity.

A'ohe hana nui ka alu'ia.
Translation: No task is too big when done together.
Explanation: United we stand, divided we fall.

Jayne B said...

I love your work!

Here's my quote:

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. -- Cicero

Anonymous said...

Two quotes: first one about books (and for me it covers the making of books as well)
"Books are a uniquely portable magic." ― Stephen King

And secondly ...

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." Jalal ad-Din Rumi

I chose these two because they seemed most appropriate for what we both do and because I do covet your book.

Thanks for your generous spirit and those amazingly, heartbreakingly beautiful Spirit Books. They do inspire me.

Judith said...

"It should be clear by now that I'm more inclined to complicate matters than to get to the bottom of things." (Michael Adams, in "Slang: The People's Poetry")

A lot of my handmade books and cards are made of found paper and other odd scraps in unusual juxtapositions, so this quote is often appropriate!

Kathy said...

Thank you for sharing your art with us. My favorite quote:

I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.”
Anne Lamott

KLBull906 at gmail dot com

Linda said...

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

Linda said...

You must do the thing you think you cannot do..Eleanor Roosevelt

Tivoli West said...

"We need time to dream, time to remember, time to reach for the infinite. Time to be." - Gladys Taber I love her books, not so many people know about her any more. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” — Edward de Bono.

Anonymous said...

Because it is the Christmas season, I would like to leave this Bible verse which illustrates the true meaning of Christmas.
Anne Regen

The true Light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him.
He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him.
But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God,
{John 1:9-12}

Kate said...

Thanks again, Susan -- one of my teachers came into the library today looking for some help devising a Yule tree-based accordion book and, using the dreidel book and some inspiration from you, I sent her on her way with a workable prototype in less than fifteen minutes.

My prosaic but comforting quote is from Calvin Coolidge -- "Everything yields to diligence."

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