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Oakbrook Creations

I have a new website: Oakbrook Creations. For a while now I’ve not been happy with using my own name and wanted something different. After much soul-searching, and debate, I decided to name the site after the fictional town of Oakbrook from my Portal novels. I hope you’ll visit.

Oakbrook Creations

The shop has moved over to Oakbrook, and there will be more content in time. But for now both sites will run side by side.

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And onto a different design

As you may have noticed, there are some new notebooks listed in the shop. These are mostly covered in pages and sections taken from a UK roadmap. But now, I think it’s time to make some with a different design.

The roadmap notebooks are so much fun to make, and look amazing when finished. But I want to show more variety in my work. So, I’m starting work on some using wallpaper for the cover, and some using fabric. Both are incredibly tactile, and that is part of the joy of a notebook.

Each notebook is made from reclaimed, or upcycled materials. The only thing that is new is the glue!

Because each notebook is made individually, every single one is unique. If you go ahead and buy one, you can be 100% certain that no-one will have the same book, anywhere in the world. As a result, although the idea may be similar, every notebook made will have a different design.

If you have any ideas, please share them, I’d love to hear from you.

different design

And now to try to work out why my products and posts have mysteriously stopped sharing to my Twitter and Facebook. Everything was sharing automatically until the end of December, and now it isn’t. I haven’t changed any settings, I can’t find that anything has been changed by any updates (which sometimes happens). At the moment, not a clue… As always, if you have any thoughts, any clues, please do let me know!

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Roadmap Notebooks

That’s the first batch of Roadmap Notebooks added to the website store. There are various sizes, with either narrow or standard lined notebook pages.

Roadmap Notebooks

Each book is hand crafted. The pages trimmed from recycled sources that include part used notebooks, out of date diaries. The covers are made from card scavenged from cereal packets, product boxes, trimmed from the covers of the diaries and notebooks. Covered with carefully selected pages from an out of date roadmap, the only part purchased new was the glue!

These roadmap notebooks are recycling at its best. Every part (other than the glue) would have been thrown away, probably gone to landfill. But they have been given a new lease of life as handy notebooks.

From the tiny pocket sized books, to the larger ones there will be a size to suit your needs. With most materials gifted, scavenged, or otherwise sourced, the prices can be kept really low to suit your pocket too.

I’m hoping that I can start some direct sales via this site, as I’d much rather be dealing with you all in person instead of through a third party like ebay. But It’s an experiment, if you feel the same, let me know, or purchase a notebook or card.

So, what are you waiting for? Start your 2020 with a roadmap notebook, record your journey…

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Making books

Still absolutely the worst at blogging. But now and then I find there is something I would like to share. I’ve been making books, and it’s fun!

Over the past month or 2 I have been teaching myself book binding. I’ve been using whatever I have available, and it doesn’t take much in the way of specialist tools to have a go. It takes some practice, but with time and patience, I have made some nice books.

Making books

Isn’t it pretty? If I’m going to be critical, the front cover flap is slightly misaligned, and I’d like for it to line up with the front cover perfectly.

This one has multicoloured pages, and secures at the front with blue ribbon and a toggle button that slips through the ribbon if you want. I was quite pleased with it, and as a result, thought I’d test the waters on eBay with it.

Everything used to make this book was already in the house. The only things I had to buy new were a couple of tools (bone folders) and a pot of PVA glue.

This one has a cover made from wallpaper. I particularly like the way the embossed metallic squares catch the light. The leaf print enhances the design with a natural look.

My eBay items for sale.

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