AmyBurnsBooks

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Announcement    I make comics, ornaments, whimsical cards and one of a kind handcrafted journals, notebooks, and guest books, using a combination of new, recycled, and upcycled materials in my books and/or shipping materials. Contact me with any questions - I love hearing from you!

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CUSTOM ORDERS
I love making custom guest books, journals and ornaments. Contact me to discuss your project. Please plan ahead and allow 3 weeks for completion of your book, 1 week for completion of your ornaments.

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My Blog - http://amyburnsbooks.blogspot.com
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Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/amyburnsbooks/

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Last updated on Jun 14, 2021

I make comics, ornaments, whimsical cards and one of a kind handcrafted journals, notebooks, and guest books, using a combination of new, recycled, and upcycled materials in my books and/or shipping materials. Contact me with any questions - I love hearing from you!

To see books that are READY TO SHIP, visit this link:
https://AmyBurnsBooks.Square.Site

CUSTOM ORDERS
I love making custom guest books, journals and ornaments. Contact me to discuss your project. Please plan ahead and allow 3 weeks for completion of your book, 1 week for completion of your ornaments.

My Shop Policies - http://www.etsy.com/shop/amyburnsbooks/policy
About Me & My Work - https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/amyburnsbooks/about
My Blog - http://amyburnsbooks.blogspot.com
My Portfolio - https://amyburnsbooks.myportfolio.com/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/amyburnsbooks/

Full book, ornament, comics, and card selection available at https://amyburnsbooks.square.site/

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Amy Burns Books

BOOKBINDING:

I have long been a chronicler of my experience. I still have stories I wrote as a child scribbled on little memo pads, and poems printed in little newsletters.

The first time I remember making a book was in third grade. It was a red accordion book with the letter A on the cover. I thought it was the most marvelous thing in the world. I couldn't believe I had made an actual book! It stuck in my mind for decades as something I enjoyed and got great pleasure from creating.

Fast forward 20 years when I finally found my way into a book binding class. That feeling of marvel and delight made my heart sing! I began learning about the materials, tools, book structures, and bindings I use in my work today.

Over time the materials and tools I use for my books have shifted as I've honed my skills and learned more about my craft. It's important to me that my books preserve over time, and that the materials I use have low impact on the environment.

For me book binding pulls together visual and design elements of art with crafting a functional object. The most special part of what I create is when one of my books become a space for someone to delve more deeply into their own inner world and the world around them, or a record of a celebration for friends and family that the celebrant/s can return to time and time again.

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THE PROCESS:

Each Coptic-stitch book takes from 2 to 4 hours to create from start to finish, although there are several days in between various parts of the process.

Whether working on a vintage or new book, I typically begin with the cover. For vintage covered books, I trim the cover to size, sometimes adding fresh end paper and a library-style pocket to the back. For new books, I cut bookboard and cover paper to size, adhere the cover paper to the bookboard, and press the covers for a week while they dry.

The next is generally true for all my books - I cut or hand-tear pages to size, fold them into registers, and press them for a week or more. Once all the parts are ready, I bind the pages into the cover, and press the completed book for a few more days. The completed book is then shipped to it's new home, or placed on my favorite bookcase while awaiting purchase.

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DISABILITY:

I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2009 and Hashimotos in 2019. Looking back, it's obvious to me that I've been grappling with autoimmune disease for most of my life. In the past several years Lupus made it impossible to hold a regular full time job (there is always something about the work environment that encourages a flare). And Lupus has greatly impacted my ability to work in the mediums I first loved - for example, I can no longer create pottery due to the intensity of the chemicals and temperature fluctuations in a ceramics studio. I want to be productive and want to have a life in my community, and the best way I have found to do that is to create and share my art.

In 2011 and 2013 I had surgery to remove a rare breast tumor. I completed radiation treatment in March 2013 and weathered the immediate side effects pretty well. So far, I'm still cancer free!

In 2016 I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. It's rather difficult to say how long I've been coping with Lyme since the symptoms overlap with Lupus. Suffice to say it's been quite the blow. Because it was caught rather late, some of the neurological damage is permanent.

Despite these chronic conditions, I continue to create drawings for my greeting card line, develop my cartooning skills (I completed my MFA at Center for Cartoon Studies in May 2019), and craft high quality books. I am so appreciative for the support of my sweetie, friends, and family. And of course, you, my wonderful customers with whom I get to share my creations.

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  • Amy L. Burns

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Shipper, Printmaker, Bookbinder, Book Pirate

    In seventh grade, Amy failed art and vowed never to do art again. A decade later she realized she wanted to do nothing but make art, and she began exploring every medium, landing upon book arts and then cartooning.

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Last updated on Sep 3, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I love making custom hand-bound books! They make wonderful gifts, and most books are perfect to use as guest books, scrapbooks, sketchbooks, and journals. Customize the cover art, cover paper, page paper, or even provide your own vintage cover.

Turn around time for custom work is between 1 and 3 weeks, plus shipping time.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Most items are mailed wrapped in kraft paper, tied with raffia, ribbon, or hemp, with a gift tag. If you require something more, please let me know and I'll work with you to make it happen.

One of a Kind (OOAK)

All items are one of a kind and made in a smoke-free / pet-free home with my own two hands in either Vermont or New Jersey.

The one exception are greeting cards and postcards which are reproductions of my original work, and are printed by me in my studio.

Care instructions

What kind of pen should I use for my book?

The weight and light tooth of the page paper makes it suitable for pencil and ink. Sharpies are discouraged - their acidic chemicals shorten the life of your book, and they often seep through paper.

A regular ballpoint pen is okay in a pinch, however I recommend an archival / ph neutral pen (Micron or Faber-Castell are two great brands). The inks in these pens are meant to last. They write softly and do not create indents in the pages like ballpoint. You can find many color choices at your local crafts or art supply store, or online.

For black pages, I recommend gel pens or white charcoal.

See my blog for more details: http://amyburnsbooks.blogspot.com/2017/04/guest-books-pens

Holiday Shipping

To arrive on time for 2019 Christmas holidays, your Ready To Ship order must be placed by December 18th (USA) or December 1 (International). For custom work, your order must be placed by December 4 (USA), or November 20 (International).

Sizing details

See my Guest Book blog articles for help in assessing what you need for your guest book.

Choosing a Size:
http://amyburnsbooks.blogspot.com/2017/04/guest-books-choosing-size.html

All About Pages:
http://amyburnsbooks.blogspot.com/2017/04/guest-books-all-about-pages.html

Managing Blank Space:
http://amyburnsbooks.blogspot.com/2017/04/guest-books-managing-blank-space.html

Pens:
http://amyburnsbooks.blogspot.com/2017/04/guest-books-pens.html