AmyLBurns

Handcrafted Cards Journals & Guest Books by AmyLBurns

Vermont, United States · 434 Sales

AmyLBurns

Handcrafted Cards Journals & Guest Books by AmyLBurns

Vermont, United States 434 Sales On Etsy since 2006

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Announcement   I make 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! For info about CUSTOM work or Vermont coupons click ->

Vermonters in Central VT and Burlington, contact me for a coupon code if you'd like to arrange pick-up/hand-off.

To see books that are READY TO SHIP, click this link:
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CUSTOM 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. Production time varies between 5 business days and 3 weeks, depending on number of current orders, the need to order special materials for your project, and personalization.

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Last updated on May 20, 2016

I make 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! For info about CUSTOM work or Vermont coupons click ->

Vermonters in Central VT and Burlington, contact me for a coupon code if you'd like to arrange pick-up/hand-off.

To see books that are READY TO SHIP, click this link:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/amylburns/search?search_query=ready

CUSTOM 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. Production time varies between 5 business days and 3 weeks, depending on number of current orders, the need to order special materials for your project, and personalization.

My Shop Policies - http://www.etsy.com/shop/amylburns/policy
About Me & My Work - https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/amylburns/about
My Blog - http://amylburns.blogspot.com
Sign up to get seasonal newsletters - http://eepurl.com/donF1
Twitter - http://twitter.com/amylburns

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Ready to bind a smattering of adorable guest books and journals using new cover paper I acquired last month.

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Binding the first signature/register to the cover on this custom 9x9 guestbook.

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Printed fresh cards for photos today. Folding, cutting and packaging is up next. Plus a bit of watercolor for my monsters. Love love love how vibrant the colors print.

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Monster Card with Envelope, blank inside
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Amy Burns Books (metaphorically?)

BOOKBINDING:

I have long been a chronicler of my experience. I have stories I wrote as a child scribbled on little memo pads and poems printed in little newsletters. My heart has always been pulled by words on a page, so it seems natural that some day I would create the vessels which cradle ideas and words.

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! I never could remember how I made it, but it stuck in my mind 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. Here I learned about materials and tools, as well as the book structures and bindings I use in my work today. It was love at first stitch.

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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LUPUS & BREAST CANCER & LYME:

I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2009. 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 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, from which I am recovering nicely. I completed radiation treatment in March 2013 and weathered the immediate side effects pretty well.

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. Treatment began in March 2016, and will continue as we tackle this new issue.

Despite these chronic conditions, I continue to create drawings for my greeting card line, develop my cartooning skills (maybe I'll produce a zine this year?), 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 until landing upon book arts.

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Last updated on Jul 31, 2016
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, right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

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 - these seep through paper rather easily, and their acidic chemicals will do unattractive things to your pages over time, shortening their life.

A regular ballpoint pen is okay in a pinch, however I recommend an archival / ph neutral pen (Micron or Faber-Castell are two great and readily available brands). The inks in these pens are meant to last, and 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 if you have time to order.

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