Joni Herren Graves

Handmade blank books for your choice words. Custom books with your cover text or image. Original fine art photography as blank note cards and prints.

http://www.aBoBoBook.com/

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Parker welcomes the Year of the Dog!

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Decorative tacket spine detail from a recently completed custom book order.

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Thank you for your feedback in 2017 and here's to the new year!

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We'll be at the Wisconsin Artists Showcase Pop-Up Holiday Gift Shop tomorrow (Dec 16) from 10-5 with handmade books, blank note cards, 13x19" proof prints, and some of Rick's wonderful woodworking. Please join us if you're in the area! Address: 143 S Washington, Spring Green, WI

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The Windows Project transforms a vacant store front into a window shop that's displaying the work of local artisans. Rick & I are happy to join six other makers, including @edwardwohl. Thanks to Derry Graves for curating the project, Rick's Bakery for providing the space, The Home News, and @slf716 for coverage in The Voice of the River Valley. It's a pleasure to be part of a community project in @springgreenwi. (The image is a coop ad prototype that I put together along with signage for the storefront.)

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Recent custom order for a retirement celebration album — with plenty of room for my client to add cards and messages that she had collected. It was a fun project and I really appreciate her wonderful review!!! And she ordered a second album soon after this one. . . . .
#aBoBoBook #blankbooks #customorder #bookarts #bookbinder #bookbinding #handbound #handboundbooks #handmadebooks #longstitch #etsy #madeinWisconsin #smallbusiness #album #retirementparty

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The @shop.mnbookarts has these nine books and a few more that I've made, including a 2018 planner/calendar. So, if you're in my former home town, please check them out there! Where ever you are, thank you for supporting #shoplocal, #independentartist, #handmadeblankbooks, and #SmallBizSat!

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Bookbinding shmookbinding ... my man Parker is waiting for me to get it together so we can go for a walk ...

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We are so happy to welcome Parker (aka Fifteeny) to the aBoBoBook Studio and into our lives! Thanks to @dogsofshelters for posting about him a week ago and thank you to the great folks @pawschicago for their terrific work and wonderful attitudes! It turns out that the moniker Fifteeny was sort of a serial number—he was number 15 in a litter of 18. His former owners (who were happy to have twins recently and very sorry about the "sibling rivalry" that ensued) had called him Parker and that's what we're calling him too. We brought him home last night and he is the sweetest, savviest dog! After leaving the bright lights and big city behind, he's taken to rural life and enjoyed an early morning walk in the village. He seems very happy just chilling and we're very happy that he's here!

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This is a digression ... I'm very sad to write that Gym-the-Dog died in my arms at about 2:35 am on Thursday. He had been diagnosed with cancer on St Patrick's Day and given two weeks to live. After four months, the doctors thought it must be a benign mass or surely he would be dead. Alas, it was malignant and we were told that it would be fatal.

Gym was nine-years-and-three-plus months old when he died and, although English Pointers often live to be about 14, he certainly packed a lot of life into the time he had (and he outlived his litter mate BoBo, for whom our shop is named). By my reckoning, he lived three-and-a-half dog years after the diagnosis—and he only slowed down towards the end.
The joyous photos with this post are from our first meeting nine years ago (and there's a picture of Gym from this spring in my earlier posts). Gym-the-Dog had more person-ality than many people I've known and we are going to miss him terribly!

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Calendar / Diary prototype ... What do you think of it? This one will have 15 months, by special request. Should I make some 2018 12-month versions for the shop?

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I love the collaboration of making custom books—and feedback like this is both gratifying and humbling: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Joni created a bespoke notebook for me at very short notice and it couldn't be more perfect. The covers, binding and paper were exquisite and she kept me updated throughout with pictures and suggestions. Aside from being extremely friendly and accommodating, I would recommend her talents for anyone looking for work of the highest quality. Thank you so much."

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I love making custom books and really appreciate getting feedback like this: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "What they made for me was perfect. Great customer service and fast turnaround. Highly recommended." The client provided the collage as a digital image and we used it for the covers and inside the closure flap of this A5-size coptic-bound book. Thank you for the opportunity!

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Rick's photograph of a 1950s Pontiac hood ornament is currently my favorite image. When a client ordered it as a metal print, we did too and it looks fantastic! See link in bio or send me a message for more info ...

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With Deepest Sympathy — has 72 ~8x3.5" blank pages. The book uses a vintage Royal Deluxe card from the Coronation Collection as the cover. The message inside reads: "Deep and sincere sympathy goes to you at this time of sorrow". Perhaps it would make a nice guest book for a funeral or memorial? What do you think?

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It doesn't look very photogenic here, but this custom A5-size book is going to look terrific with the client's front and back covers! I love custom orders!

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Looking for a distraction from tidying my studio, I found the print I'd made a few weeks ago at Audrey Christie's studio and spent some not-very-illuminating time "illuminating" it ...

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After a flurry of bookmaking, my entire studio is what could kindly be called a "creative mess" ... It was fun while it lasted, but it's time for some much-needed tidying up!

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Today we're having fun with our new white backdrop setup and lighting ... Better photos to come!

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Create unique handmade books — using your ideas and cover image (perfect for custom journals or sketchbooks, baby showers, graduations, weddings, house warmings, retirements, memorials, etc.). Send an Instagram message — or use the bio link to find listings for handmade custom books in the aBoBoBook shop ...

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Thank you for your interest in aBoBoBook! I'm relatively new to posting on Instagram and greatly appreciate the support! Please stay tuned ...

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The iPHONEbook 7 was a really fun book to make! The covers are from an upcycled mailer and it has 144 blank pages of white paper, which are approximately ~7x4.25". It's bound with white thread, using a single-needle coptic stitch, and has a clasp closure. The result is a soft-cover coptic-bound blank book (journal, diary, or notebook) that lies flat when open. Purchases of $20 or more ship for free to U.S. destinations, using the checkout code SHIP4FREE from my Etsy shop (see bio for link). #iphone7 #iphone #bookbinding #handmadebooks #handboundbook #handbound #bookbinder #copticstitch #copticbinding #aBoBoBook

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A few weeks ago, I made this delightfully elaborate custom #aBoBoBook for the 6th birthday of a friend's granddaughter: it has seven pamphlet-bound books (with a different picture of Morgan from the preceding year on each cover and a related quote of what she'd said on the back); seven pochettes, each with one letter from her name or a heart, hand-punched (so the color from the back of the corresponding book shows through the holes); and then each envelope was tacket-bound to make a handmade book of books (the finished book is approximately 6x6"). It was great fun and a great success!

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This paper makes me smile. The BLUE SKIES blank book has a cover of hand-made #CavePaper, 168 pages of #FrenchPaperCo Speckletone, and is ~5.5x3.75". For more info, see www.aBoBoBook.com ...

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So excited today about getting some new bookbinding thread and a bar of beeswax from #BuechertigerSupplies in the UK. The colors look gorgeous and I really like the bright green. Can hardly wait to start making some new books for #aBoBoBook! #bookbinding #handmadebooks #handboundbook #handbound #bookbinder #copticstitch #copticbinding

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ROSE PETALS — another handmade #aBoBoBook uploaded to www.aBoBoBook.com today. It has 144 coptic-bound pages and is ~5.5x3.75".

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The first new handmade #aBoBoBook to get added to www.aBoBoBook.com in awhile! TO DO is hand punched on the copper cover. The ~4x4" book is coptic-bound, has 120 pages of manila paper (when I was a child, I thought it was "vanilla" drawing paper because of the color), and a 3M Dual-Lock clasp.

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My practice wood block carving at Audrey Christie's #ShortHorse play day today. This afternoon we will print ...

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