aBoBoBook

custom & blank books, note cards, fine art photography

Spring Green, Wisconsin · 213 Sales

aBoBoBook

custom & blank books, note cards, fine art photography

Spring Green, Wisconsin 213 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars
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Fine art photography. Custom books with your cover image or text. Handmade blank books for your choice words — or affirmations, assignments, bedside notes, bucket list, deadlines, diary entries, diet and fitness notes, discoveries, doodles, drafts, drawings, dreams, expenses, extra buttons, favorite restaurants, free-writing, garden notes, gifts given and received, grocery lists, guestbooks, holiday gift ideas, hopes, house repairs, ideas, insights, inspirations, jokes, jottings, journaling, list-making, lyrics, meals and menus, mementos, memories, mileage, movies to see, must-read books, names of people you’ve just met, new words, note-taking, photo logs, pick-me-ups, planning, poetry, potential purchases, projects, prose, quotable quotes, random thoughts, rants, recipes, resolutions, ruminations, Scrabble scores, scribbles, secrets, sketches, stories, swap-books, tips-and-tricks, travel-logs, vacation memories, vehicle maintenance, weather data, weight watching, what you wore, whimsies, wildlife sightings, wine notes, wishes, words of wisdom, workouts — or for writing down whatever strikes your fancy!

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Last updated on Jan 16, 2017

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Fine art photography. Custom books with your cover image or text. Handmade blank books for your choice words — or affirmations, assignments, bedside notes, bucket list, deadlines, diary entries, diet and fitness notes, discoveries, doodles, drafts, drawings, dreams, expenses, extra buttons, favorite restaurants, free-writing, garden notes, gifts given and received, grocery lists, guestbooks, holiday gift ideas, hopes, house repairs, ideas, insights, inspirations, jokes, jottings, journaling, list-making, lyrics, meals and menus, mementos, memories, mileage, movies to see, must-read books, names of people you’ve just met, new words, note-taking, photo logs, pick-me-ups, planning, poetry, potential purchases, projects, prose, quotable quotes, random thoughts, rants, recipes, resolutions, ruminations, Scrabble scores, scribbles, secrets, sketches, stories, swap-books, tips-and-tricks, travel-logs, vacation memories, vehicle maintenance, weather data, weight watching, what you wore, whimsies, wildlife sightings, wine notes, wishes, words of wisdom, workouts — or for writing down whatever strikes your fancy!

Joni Graves

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lamaykr

lamaykr on Oct 8, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This purchase was above and beyond what I was expecting. The attentiveness, caring attitude of the crafter made this a seamless process for an exceptional product! I used this to create a "memory book" of sorts for a retiring coworker, full of well wishes. It shipped quickly and arrived well wrapped! Absolutely will be ordering from here again for future projects!

Darryl

Darryl on Sep 7, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Joni created a bespoke notebook for me at very short notice and it couldn't be more perfect. The covers, binding and paper were exquisite and she kept me updated throughout with pictures and suggestions. Aside from being extremely friendly and accommodating, I would recommend her talents for anyone looking for work of the highest quality. Thank you so much!

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Updates

The lab that we work with is offering 20% off on glossy metal prints — and so are we! Use the coupon code METAL20 at checkout (ends August 1st).
We've started adding some of our fine art photography to the aBoBoBook shop with more to come. Please take a look—at www.aBoBoBook.etsy.com or www.abobobook.com—and let us know what you think ...
PAY NO POSTAGE on this or any aBoBoBook in inventory from Black Friday through Cyber Monday (25-29 November 2016): applies to US shipping only; does not apply to custom orders; use the coupon code NOPOSTAGE at checkout. Thank YOU!
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About

aBout aBoBoBook

NEW FOR 2017
Since our launch in 2015, I've taken great pleasure in crafting and binding each softcover aBoBoBook by hand. My husband Rick has lovingly printed many of his beautiful photographs, which we've used as book covers. This year we're expanding to include some of his stand-alone photographic images for purchase.

Rick's been taking photographs for decades and tends towards landscape and architecture, with a focus on the visual details that make up our world. His formal training was in the performing arts, so perhaps it's not surprising that he's interested in the ways that movement of light and form play together to create motion and emotion. With a background in old-school film photography, his images are printed with little or no manipulation of the digital image.

We are delighted that three of his images were jury-selections for the 2017 annual edition of MIDWEST REVIEW, including one used as a dramatic wrap-around cover: https://midwestreview.org/

Images can be purchased as the cover of a handmade aBoBobook blank book, prints (on glossy, lustre, matte, or satin paper, depending on size), metal prints, or blank greeting cards (with envelopes).

BACKGROUND
In 2014, I participated in a terrific bookbinding workshop at Hamilton Wood Type Museum's annual Wayzgoose in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. We were provided with 6x8” paper, told to fold it in half, and everyone created a stack of 4x6” signatures. I folded mine to be 3x8”—just to be different—and the result was akin to the 5x7” notepads that I’d used for years, with the advantage that it folded away to an even more manageable size. I had done some bookbinding before, but this time I was hooked and made scores of softcover books, in various sizes, for friends and family. My bookbinding skills improved and my enthusiasm for the craft was only whetted. The result was aBoBoBook.

Although I've done other binding techniques, I'm still enchanted by Coptic binding and love that it looks like braiding. In addition to Rick's photos, some of my book covers upcycle old hanging file folders, because I love their color and texture, and the olive drab covers are decorated with my doodle designs. My book sizes range from 3x7" or 4x6” to 5x7" and some custom books have been approximately 7x7" up to 8x12".

I’ve always loved pens and blank books. I like writing lists, doodling, and, over the years, I’ve been an inveterate notetaker using 5x7” pads. Working with engineers, I was impressed that many used successive bound notebooks, although I find the standard size to be unwieldy. Eventually I transitioned to using 5x7" notepads and smaller “softcover” blank books of various sizes.

Like many people, I’ve found that putting pen to paper can be daunting: “It's too nice to write in it...” So I credit Anne Tyler, and her 1982 novel “Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant” for providing me with the antidote to that:
“New Year’s Day, nineteen-fourteen,” Ezra read aloud. “I hope this little diary will not get lost as last year’s did. I hope I will not put anything foolish in it as I have been known to do before.”
His mother hid a smile, unsuccessfully. What foolishness could she have been up to so long ago? Ezra’s eyes slipped down the page to a line that had been crossed out.
“There’s something here I can’t read,” he said.
“I never was known for my penmanship.”
“No, I mean you scribbled over it with so many loops and things—”
“Apple apple,” his mother said.
“Excuse me?”
“That’s what we wrote over words that we wanted kept secret. Appleappleapple all joined together, so no one could guess what was written underneath.”
“Well, it certainly worked,” Ezra said.

I remember putting the book down to test it—and it really does work. So, appleappleapple ...

Joni

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  • Joni Graves

    Owner, Designer, Bookbinder

  • Rick Graves

    Photographer, Printer

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