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February/March 2006 - Issue 52


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Joanne Ross is a dedicated byhandartist. I thought this was such a wonderful quote I asked her if I could turn it into rubber and I'm delighted to say she agreed. Stay tuned for upcoming rubber announcments!



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Books to Inspire

Books Unbound:
20 Innovative Bookmaking Projects
by Michael Jacobs

Calligraphers are familiar with Michael Jacobs amazing and amusing card designs. If you're measuring-challenged and into "relaxed art", then maybe this book isn't for you! From reading his book, I've learned how useful paper rulers can be.
There are some very cool projects in this book, one of which is the Sky House Book. This is a little book on stilts!
All the projects have "Alternate Endings" and detailed photos of the assemblage.
The last project in the book is the Storybook House. The potential for creating an amazing treasure is huge.

If you'd like to read more detail about this book, please refer to a more comprehensive review by Rhiannon Dent.

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Site Siting

This month's site siting is the website of
Yogi Grunwald ( ) .

Yogi is a very active member of the byhandartists. She is always creating and generously shares her experiments and product knowledge with us .

Yogi's website is divided into 2 sections. One is her Stained Glass gallery and the other is her "And More" Gallery. The gorgeous artwork above is from her "And More" Gallery where you get to see the paper arts stuff!

You'll find loads of artwork on Yogi's site with lots of explanations. Be prepared to spend some time and be inspired!

Keep up the great work Yogi!



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Quietfire 2006 Retreat

Westcoast Whisperings

Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, July 21-23, 2006

Planning for this year's retreat are coming right along. As yet, I don't have the whole sample of the project to show you, but that won't be long.

This year's project will be a book in a box, but not just any box. Read on......

We will be going on beach and forest walks to collect treasures to decorate a locally-made finely crafted cedar box. The same gentleman who creates my cedar book covers will create the boxes sized just for us. Not only will the box contain our collected treasures of twigs, shells, sea-glass and rocks, but it will also be home to a very special handbound leather journal!
In addition, on the Friday evening after the reception and registration, artist Nancy Quinn will be leading us in creating a little felted book which will be completed on Sunday (when it's dry!).

As last year, there will be a spa evening (at my house this year!) and maybe some artistsy field trips! Each participant will receive a goody bag. I'll see what I can do about lining up some massages! The workshop and the accomodation are both at the Best Western Barclay which will make it really convenient and relaxing. There is a special conference room rate and you are responsible for booking your own accomodation. Mention you're part of the Quietfire Retreat!

Continental Breakfast, all day coffee, tea and treats and lunches are included in the cost of the Retreat.
All class instruction and project materials are included in the price of the Retreat. There will be some supplies students will be required to bring.

To reserve your spot for this special weekend, the cost is $100 CAD which becomes non-refundable after June 1, 2006. The balance of $120.00 is due at that time.

Please check with me for availability at the retreat before you book your room!

To register email


Some recent photos from the Text & Texture Journal Classes in Victoria and Vancouver. Unfortunately I didn't get a lot of photos of the Vancouver classes. The variety was amazing. Thanks to everyone who came - you made fabulous books!

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Quietfire Design in Print!

Paper Creations Magazine
Spring 2006

The Marketplace - Page 16

A huge thanks to designer Judi Kauffman for her lovely write-up about the Quietfire Design rubber stamps. If you've subscribed to this newsletter from hearing about us in Paper Creations, a big hello and welcome!


Stolen Moments


What people are saying about the
Scor-it Board!

I just wanted to say thank you so much for shipping the Scor-it board to me!!!!!! WOW!!! This tool is SO impressive!!!! I absolutely LOVE it!!!!!! It's really cut my card and book making time, literally in half!!!!!! I was able to score about 300 sheets of cardstock that I use to make cards in just under 30 minutes. WOW!!!! Thanks so much!!!!!!

I love your customer service and your quick shipping and you will definitely see me browsing your store again!!! (Although ... that would definitely hurt my wallet! LOL) Thanks so much again!!!

Dawn - Hawaii

I have fallen in love with my new toy. Have you heard of a Scor-it board? I just got mine today and am a scoring fool. I have tons of cards, gift boxes and tags scored and ready to go. If I could part my hair with it I would.

I bought mine at Itís a Canadian company. It is sooooo worth it, if you do a lot of cards itís a must have. No I am not affiliated with Quietfire Design at all, just a very satisfied customer.

Denise Cullen - Ontario


Since the Scor-it Board Sale is still on and lots of you have ordered this wonderful tool, I thought I'd include a Scor-it Project in this months newsletter.

The Quietfire Design
Scored Accordion Card

Supplies you will need:

The Scored Accordion card
©2006 Suzanne Cannon

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Stamp the Tiles using the Coffee Bean Brilliance ink on the writing weight paper and carefully cut out the little squares.
  Cut your long piece of cardstock to 4" x 20"

Set the Stop Guide on your Scor-it Board to 4" as each of the panels in this project is a 4" square. Align the long side of your cardstock against the centering ruler at the top of the board and butt the end of the paper against the Stop Guide and score. Use your non-scoring hand to hold the paper from twisting.(I had to hold my camera upside down and take the photo with my left hand - so that hand was otherwise engaged!)

If you're a lefty, you'll probably want to put the Stop Guide on the other side of center.

Flip the cardstock over and again align the long side against the centering ruler. Butt the folded edge of the card against the Stop Guide and score.
Once again flip the cardstock over and butt the latest fold against the Stop Guide. Score.
Repeat the flip and score one more time.
  Download the template pdf here!
Cut out the templates,
and cut the center out of Panel 1.
Place this template over each of the panels one at a time and use a pencil to mark the square in the center. This is where you will glue your stamped Tile.
Using Removable Tape to hold the template for Panel 1 on the first panel (this will be the one furthest to the left!), use your free hand to hold the paper in place (I had to hold the camera!) and score where indicated on the template. Be careful you don't overscore, or make the score too long. With a little practice you will get to know your Scoring Tool really well!
There will be two score lines at 90 degrees to the length of the paper. Line the easy one up at the head by the centering ruler. Score where indicated again being careful not to overscore.
The other line that must be scored cannot be lined up so you can see the notch in the centering ruler. Darn. Time for a little finesse! By running your finger along the surface of the Scor-it Board, you can feel the ridge of the scoring rail. Position the card and template over top and position your Scoring Tool carefully on the rail. It will feel like you're working blindfolded, but it works! Again, with a little practice, you'll have no problems with this technique.
Remove the Panel 1 Template so you can see your handy work! Next place the Panel 2 Template over the second panel and score where indicated. Use Panel 3 and Panel 4 templates the same way. I didn't score the last panel of the card.
  Glue the backs of your stamped Tiles and place them in the penciled square you made earlier.
Sometimes finesse is again required if you didn't quite get the scores right! It's probably better to center the Tile between the scores than to stick to the pencil mark! Erase the pencil mark if this happens. Only you will know!
  Write a nice comment or saying around the Tile on the last panel. Voila! Beautiful and simple!

Suzanne's Schedule

Text & Texture Journal - new this spring

In this workshop we will use a rich and varied selection of papers to assemble a journal that will fascinate the owner before it is even filled! The cover will be decorated using techniques that will give wonderful texture embedded with intriguing inclusions. The pages will be bound by stitching over hand dyed and stamped straps which are eyeleted through the cover.
As well as the usual bookbinding supplies, students should bring (specifically for this class)

  • Something for spreading molding paste - spatula or a cut up credit card
  • Three colours of acrylic paint that they would like to use
  • A small selection of beads, charms & fibres you might like to use
  • Bold rubber stamp designs
  • Alphabet stamps no larger than 3/4" and a pigment ink pad (I like black)
  • A 1/8" hole punch and hammer and eyelet setter
  • Hairdryer or heat gun
  • Rubber gloves

2006 Schedule to date

Feb 18 Victoria BC The Text & Texture Journal Island Blue Print
Feb 19 Victoria BC Over & Under the Covers Island Blue Print
Feb 25 Burnaby BC The Text & Texture Journal Burnaby Continuing Ed
Feb 26 Surrey BC The Text & Texture Journal Bookmakers of Vancouver
Feb 27 North Vancouver BC Continuing Italic Calligraphy - a day troubleshooting pen and ink issues and refining Italic letters This is a private class, but if you're interested, please contact me, and I will send you in the right direction!
March 8-19   Quietfire is on holiday!  
April 8 & 9 Portland OR
PCC Sylvania Campus
The Copper Book Portland Society for Calligraphy - if you are interested in this workshop, please contact me and I will send you in the right direction!
May 6 North Vancouver Continuing Italic - Caps! This is a private class, but if you're interested, please contact me, and I will send you in the right direction!
May 7 Surrey BC Mini Mica Memories and Over & Under the Covers Bookmakers of Vancouver
June 17 Victoria, BC The Altered Book Island Blue Print
June 18 Victoria, BC Coptic Bound Journal Island Blue Print
July 21-23 Port Alberni BC Quietfire Retreat  
August 26/27 Denman Island BC The Altered Book  


To see a complete list (more or less!) of the classes Suzanne teaches, click here!

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Yellow ATC swap

Beth Ann continues to hostess a 3 for 3 swap of Artist's Trading Cards! Our recent challenges were Red and Orange (and you can see those ATC in the two previous issues of byhand). Beth Ann says she is going to put us through the whole rainbow of colours and judging by this collection, I don't plan to miss any!

Thanks Beth Ann - and thanks to everyone who played. Next month - Green!

(ATCs are Artist's Trading Cards which measure 3 1/2" x 2 1/2")

Click on each on to see the larger version.


Beth Ann


Donna K.





Judy B.


Julie B


Linda C.

Linda T.


Nancy Q.

Pat G.








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New products.................................................

Rubicoil Binder

The incredible Rubicoil Binder. At last it's affordable to do at home. The look is incredibly professional. Any of you who have ordered my bookbinding kits will have a sample of what the Rubicoil can do. I'm absolutely delighted to add the Rubicoil to the Quietfire collection of tools. I look forward to seeing what you can do with your Rubicoil!

The Rubicoil punches round holes, four to the inch, which you can then twist spiral coils through.

If you make presentations, are a teacher, or want to make books like the incomparable Michelle Ward, this is your baby!!

The Harlequin Stitched Spine Journal Kits

Are now available!

Leaf Bails

Use these little babies instead of soldering microscope slides!



To see all the new items, click here!


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Mail bag

Thanks so much to everyone who sends me mail!

Beaded purse by Judi Robinson. Fabulous! I'm just one lucky puppy!


An amazing card by Yogi Grunwald


Watercolour and stamped card by Cynthia Schelzig (Germany)
(doesn't it make you want to get your paints out?)


Envelope from Marilyn B. in Duncan



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