Word has spread around the office that I make handmade books. I was commissioned again to make a book for an employee who has been with the school for 40 years. It was an honor to make this book for Ann and present it to her at a surprise party.
You may have noticed that I’ve been really into screw-post binding lately. I’m just fascinated with the technique and wish to perfect it. Given what my coworker had in mind, I thought this would be best. She said she wanted a small book – nothing too fancy – so that students could write brief notes. She didn’t want lined paper and wanted a book made from basic materials that I had at home. So I used only materials I had on hand.
When the day came to present the book, it turned out the number of guests had been totally underestimated. As I placed the book on the table, one of my coworkers said, “It’s too small. It won’t work there.” I was absolutely crushed. I’d spend a night working on this book, and I wanted it to be perfect. And now they weren’t going to use it?
Thinking fast, I decided: why not make this a picture book for after the event? The woman who commissioned the book agreed, and that was the plan. However, after I reviewed the book a few more times, it just didn’t seem right. I’d made it on random materials I’d had at home (as requested by the purchaser – to cut down on cost), and I was nervous about the photos being protected on the paper I’d used. And so, I decided to create an entirely different book using photo paper.
I didn’t take pictures of that book, but it’s now gone on to its home. They are filling it with pictures from the party, and so — I still have this book lying around. I’m hoping it will come in handy for an event down the road …
I guess you never know what to expect when making a book for a party. 🙂 Always have a Plan B handy.