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Using Salvaged Paper to Create Stunning
Handmade Books, Journals, and Mail Art


The Bookmaker's Guide to Upcycling will be your go-to resource for upcycled bookmaking inspiration. In this free, comprehensive guide I give you 100+ ways to use household paper in your handmade books, plus tips on what paper to save for your bookmaking.


You have a wealth of bookmaking materials right in your own home! Join me in an upcoming workshop and learn how to transform ordinary household paper into extraordinary handmade books.   


A gallery of handmade journals and artist books made from old books, envelopes, cardboard boxes and more.

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My first love was mail art! I fell in love with it before I knew how to make a single book. Here's a sampling of mail art and collage created with old books, scraps, vintage maps, magazine pages, and cancelled postage stamps.


Click here for my latest free content for fans and newcomers; including where to find public domain imagery for your collages, my favorite sources of rubber stamps, and my favorite how-to books on making books by hand


Learn how to make a button-and-string closure from scratch to add a vintage vibe to  your envelopes and book projects


Two free tutorials created in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington DC


The single online source for artist books and handmade journals from Scrap Paper Circus. I usually have 3 sales per year in winter, spring, and fall and close my shop in the interim periods. Please join my newsletter if you'd like to be notified of shop openings, sales, etc.

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