A square jewelry or ring box featuring papers from Hungary and Italy
Handsome, concertina-style blank books covered with black on black botanical papers
What I find so interesting about Debra's books and boxes is not only her attention to detail (those perfectly folded corners!) but that the decorative papers she uses are so diverse. While many are imported from far away lands, others are Debra's designs. In fact, Debra used to wholesale her own line of artist papers, but now she sells them exclusively in Reminiscence - all of the 11x17 or 18x24 sheets are Debra-originals.
A Bobble Box featuring papers from Germany, India, and the U.S.
Debra says in her About section (well worth a read) that she was drawn to paper even as a child. That love was rekindled years later when Debra took a bookbinding class and ever since, her paper collection has grown exponentially.
I asked how she chooses papers when making a book or box.
Choosing papers is generally not a problem for me as I have thousands of sheets collected from all over the world for the last 25 or so years. If the old saying is true - "whoever dies with the most paper (or fabric or yarn...) wins" - I think I'm a lock.'
A set of three notebook/jotters featuring drawings by Edward Gorey
I was curious about her favorite part of the box making/book making process...
Favorite part, hmmmmmm. I like almost every part of the process with the exception of cutting book board. I LOVE cutting paper and my paper cutters are probably my favorite tools. Probably my greatest satisfaction comes from making books, but I learned a long time ago that while a lot of people don't want to or won't write in a blank book everyone can find a use for a lovely little box.
A tiny sunflower-inspired box for jewelry, coins, or keys
A house-shaped box - perfect as a housewarming gift
You might recall a recent post about paper crafting kits... if only I'd known then to include Debra's. First up is a gift bag collection that contains a dozen patterned papers on which cutting and scoring lines are printed, as well as assembly instructions. Suggest a theme... colors, botanicals, bugs/animals, or geometrics, for example - odds are Debra will have what you need.
Her other kits contain decorative papers and instructions for making origami bowls and boxes like these geometric lovelies.
Use coupon code AMP15 for 15% off in either Etsy shop: The Paper Assembly or Reminiscence. Code expires June 30, 2014.
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