The Magician of Bookbinding

My creation

Shhhhh, The Magician of Bookbinding was coming to town...

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tim holtz 5Slowly...

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tim holtz 5I viewed the object at hand...

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tim holtz 5Should I learn this craft...

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tim holtz 5Might it be too difficult...

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tim holtz 5Would the magic of it all be too challenging?

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tim holtz 5When I saw this class that the amazing and magical Tim Holtz had created, I have to tell you I really thought it much too crafty for me.

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tim holtz 5I wanted to take a class with Tim Holtz, he is an amazing designer for Ranger Products. He has literally done for the crafting industry what Sarah Jessica Parker did for the fashion industry and Jimmy Choo shoes.

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tim holtz 5My friends Joyce and Amisha were in the class.

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tim holtz 5We sewed our books, and learned all about knots, kettle stitching and all things "book"...

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tim holtz 5We crafted...

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tim holtz 5We were in bookbinding heaven! Speaking "Book" and sewing little pages for our totally magical creations.

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tim holtz 5We learned how to emboss metal, and alcohol ink to our heart's content.

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tim holtz 5Our wonderful Creativity Boot Camp instructor, Miss Karen was there too. Here is a snapshot of Joyce and Karen.

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Ink About It is pure heaven, besides being a mecca of art supplies from all ends of the earth, they always manage to surprise you with interesting classes and wonderful guest instructors.

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tim holtz 6Well, we topped off our day with Tim signing our own books and the Studio Magazine which features his studio.

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This was the best class, and Tim is a wonderful and funny guy who makes the magic of bookbinding seem less of a mystery and more of an inspirational joy. And finallly, the big reveal, my magical book, which I think looks like it just fell off Harry Potter's book shelf, thus the music. Ta dah...

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tim holtz 5The song for this post is the soundtrack from the magical Harry Potter. If you want to continue the magic, with Tim, you can view a video of Willy Wonka Ranger University HERE.



oday is Mosaic Monday, and Mary from Little Red House, is hosting this lovely day. My mosaic creation for today is...The Magician of Bookbinding.

The Magic of Tim Holtz
Cal said...

Wow. Amazing crafting. What professional results.

Snap said...

Karen,
This is wonderful! I'm taking an online class where 3 books are made, but nothing like this. Wonderful!

Beverly said...

Karen, I love it!!!!!! It is gorgeous.

I've always wanted to take one of his classes, too.

Diva Kreszl said...

I'm so jealous!!! We never get any cool 'How To' classes around here, and certainly never anyone of the caliper of Tim Holtz!

Sharon said...

You are so lucky to have taken his class. Your book is wonderful. From your mosaic I can see you all had a great fun time. Once again you have made a fun enchanting post, Karen. Warmly, Sharon

Mary said...

Oh Karen, that is so cool!!! I can't tell you how long it's been since I sat down and just created something with my own two hands and some paper, etc....

Thanks so much for sharing this fun event and your beautiful creation with Mosaic Monday. :)

~JarieLyn~ said...

Wow, this is very cool. How interesting. The book is really pretty too. How long did it take to make? I would love to take some crafty classes.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh WOW! this is incredible -- I love that embossed metal ... simply magical. :-)
Gorgeous book ... is it enchanted yet?
Cass

SharDon Exclusives said...

I would love to do this!!!

Gabriela said...

Hello Karen,

Wow! This is such an awesome book and it should be featured on a Harry Potter movie! For sure!

What a wonderful class!

P.S. How come you are not in any photos...

~ Gabriela ~

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH Karen! This art is so up my alley, I can't speak!!! First of all, you are so fortunate that you don't have to work an outside job and that you can spend all your time creating!(I am assuming by the quality of your work and your productivity). Secondly, this is a specialized art and how lucky that you fell upon this and thirdly, IT IS MAGICAL! I LOVE BINDING AND MAKING BOOKS! I have been in love with making books since I was old enough to write and draw! Thank you for this magical moment. Anita

Alison Gibbs said...

Karen what a great class. Sounds such fun and what a wondeful result. Your book looks sensational
Alison

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Ok!! Here's another grand idea :) lets all track down that magician and we all take classes together!

Now, someone please fess up and let us know when you win the lottery so we can do this!

Sweetie-- what a GORG book and looks like so much fun... the smiles!! now that was the highlight.

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

LiLi M. said...

Whow!!! You lucky and talented girl! I would love to make books, I would love to take a Tim Holtz lesson! Your result is amazing, very Harry Potter indeed! This is great for Halloween too! Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

How fun was that!. I would love to learn how to "Book". Your post was so fun to read, I really enjoyed it.
Take care and have a wonderful day,
Elizabeth

The Painted Garden said...

Oh - my goodness Karen - what a fabulous class. I love everything about it - simply delightful and what fabulous results all of you got in your class.

Thank you for sharing and for your beautiful and inspiring post.
Have a lovely week,
Blessings,
Erin

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Karen! Oh, how did you hurt your hand? That is not good for an artist such as yourself! Do heal quickly dear one! Yes, I am going to miss the antics of Balzac, but he is my guy and I plan on working on his story to......shhhh....I feel funny saying this but, I want to work on his story to publish it. Why not give it a whirl; the most I will lose is nothing!!! Thanks for all your sweet support and visits! Bisous, Anita

Amisha said...

Lovely pictures and, of course, I loved your book! Now I didn't expect to be in the pics on the blog, so where's a pic of you?

Kathleen Grace said...

This is something I have always been interested in! Your p[rojects are beautiful, the last photo of a book that looks like a little bix, is that yours? Is it made with a box? It is fabulous, a treasure!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

wow - awesome book - looks like a great class.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Karen, that is beautiful! What an interesting crafting class! laurie

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