This little book took shape this morning from various things sitting around the studio. I tend to have piles of cast-off strips of paper from previous letterpress printing projects hanging out collecting dust, so I was very glad to give some of it a new home. I did a variation on the Tacketed Book from Stacie Dolin and Amy Lapidow's recently released Book Art Studio Handbook. You tie off the thread inside the sections for each pair of sewing stations so that the thread acts as staples, or tackets. I personally prefer long-stitch methods -- it's slower to stop and tie off at each pair of stations, and you end up wasting thread in the process -- but this is a really handy structure especially for little binders who might have trouble wielding a needle in and out of so many holes. I'm going to keep this in mind when my munchkins are ready to start making their own books. Man, bookbinding makes me happy. Unfortunately, I never feel equal to writing in a handmade blank book, so mostly they just remain blank. What would you (or do you) use handmade books for?