New kits coming soon, upcoming shows

I’m excited about the Side sewn kit I’ve been developing. They should be ready to roll out really soon! I’ll also finally be offering kit refills and Bookbinding U with three kits rolled into one!

If you like to do your shopping in person here’s a list of the shows I’ll be at this spring:

March 24th & 25th – Treasure Island Fest
April 28th & 29th – The Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley
May 18th, 19th & 20th – San Mateo Makers Fair in the SF Bazaar Tent

I hope to see you there!


Craft Fair Season is in full swing!

This weekend ( July 16th and 17th) I’ll be at the fabulous Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco. Come say hi at Fort Mason. Next weekend back down at Fort Mason I’ll be at the San Francisco Bazaar’s event outside the J-Pop festival. Its my first time at this event and I am really looking forward to meeting new people and checking out the vibe.

Lots of new stuff on the horizon, including Bookbinding Kits on the Etsy site and more bookbinding resources here.

I hope summer is filling your heads and hearts!

Upcoming Fairs in San Francisco

Hey! Ho! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted because I’m ramping up for the start of festival season. I’ll be at the following upcoming craft fairs with Bandoliers, hand bound books, and more! I hope to see you there!

Renegade Craft Fair, San Francisco
April 30 – May 1,  11am – 6pm @ Fort Mason Center Herbst Pavilion

San Francisco Bazaar at the 11th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area
May 20-22 2016 @ the San Mateo event center

More New at

New in the shop, a headphone holder and Journal bandolier sidecar. Add a zipper pocket to wrap around your journal bandolier.onbookwithprops

New in the Shop: Handbound Pocket Notebooks


New in the shop! I hand bind each notebook with 28 pages (14 leaves) of 100% cotton 32lb cream colored paper. Each notebook is sewn with sturdy waxed linen thread. They are available in rich red, kraft brown and slate grey. You can order all one color or all three.

These notebooks are 4″ wide and 5.25″ tall. The perfect size for throwing in your bag or back pocket.

Limited Edition Brown leather!

limited edition oiltanned brown

I just got this lovely oil tanned brown leather in but I have a limited supply! So new in the shop I am offering a limited edition oil tanned brown leather bandolier.

Paper cutter fence

fence in use

I need to cut some little books, all to exactly the same size. In searching for an inexpensive solution I was happy to come up with this simple hack.

I have a Kutrimmer board shear but it’s missing the fence, and I did not want to go through the hassle (not to mention expense) of ordering a original parts replacement.

The base of the Kutrimmer is metal so something magnetic seemed the simplest approach. I found a couple of strong ceramic magnets and went looking for something to attach them to. I wanted enough edge to serve as a stop for the signatures I was cutting, and something that could accommodate the magnets.

magnet and square

I ended up with this carpenter’s square. As luck would have it, the offset for the edge of the square was a perfect fit for the ceramic magnets I found. I mean PERFECT! LOOK:


How to attach the magnets? Here’s the most useful part of this post -> There is a great little website that is really useful when you are trying to figure out how to attach things to other things. It’s called This to That, and it has a pretty complete listing of which glue will work best for any given situation.

Based on This to That’s recommendation for gluing plastic to ceramic, I used good old E6000 and it worked a trick! I left the whole thing under some weight to cure for 24 hrs.

The magnets are strong and hold the fence nicely in place.

Other possible uses for a magnetic fence? If you have a steel body sewing machine you could use this or a similar set up as a sewing guide. You could also make little spice shelves for the front of your fridge – maybe I’ll try that soon!


Swanson Speedlite Level Square (Gray)

Heavy Duty Ceramic Block Magnets (Pack of 2)

E6000® Craft Adhesive 3.7 oz