Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pictorial Webster's

I've been pining over the Pictorial Webster's for months, but haven't been able to justify purchasing it. Chronicle Books also held a drawing for a copy of the Fine Press edition (featured in the video below), but didn't win. Alas. This video shows a bunch of different printmaking and book binding techniques, definitely interesting if you geek out about that sort of thing.

Pictorial Webster's: Inspiration to Completion from John Carrera on Vimeo.

Or if you've ever had someone question why handbound or handprinted books are so expensive. Because that is some serious (and seriously beautiful) work right there.

via Uppercase.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Gingerbread House

My brain's been on what to make for the ornament swap lately, and this is one idea I was toying with.

A little gingerbread house made from folded paper. So I put together one for you to cut out and fold out if you'd like. Punch a hole in the top for a loop of ribbon and hang it on the tree.

Or fill the house with treats and set one at each place at your Christmas table.

I'm thinking of folding up a bunch of these next year to use as an advent calendar. The door's the perfect size to write in a number.

Want to play? It's easy.
1. Cut out along the solid lines.

2. Fold along the dotted lines.

3. Glue. Attach a ribbon to the rooftop or set up a little tabletop village.

To begin, just save this image to your computer:

Want to color your own? Here's a blank version. If you make your own, I'd love to see what you come up with!

Merry merry!