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What do the insides of the Recycled Book Journals look like?

I believe in fun.  Fun paper, cards, and books that deserve a new purpose in life.  I upcycle books into nifty journals that can go anywhere and be used for any number of things.  Junk Journals, Scrapbooks, writing journals, bullet journals, or sketch books.

The Recycled Book Journals also make a thoughtful gift to friends, family and co-workers.

What do the Recycled Book Journals look like?

I upcycle a variety of books.  Generally I bind them with a wire binding system that looks like this:

Other binding types are available upon request.

What’s on the inside?

  • 28 lb white paper
  • 10 ish pages of the original book
  • Decorative paper
  • Interesting pages that vary.  They might be maps, music sheets, graph paper, pages from other books, or things I feel like upcycling.
  • There might be playing cards from games, library checkout cards, and again if I feel like including it in a book I will.

Here are some sample inside pages:

What types of books do I upcycle?

Dr. Seuss, Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and Nancy Drew recycled book journals are always popular.  However, I do quite a bit of vintage textbooks, gothic novels, classics, vintage children’s books, english literature books, foreign language books, and physics books.

Does it need to be hard back cover?  It helps!  However, I bind paperback and book jacket covers to a stiff book cover all the time.  I then apply a protective coating  to protect the paper, so that it will stand up to being in a bag or falling off a nightstand.

Does it always need to be white paper?   It doesn’t need to be!  I will add quality lined paper or drawing paper upon request.  Of course, there is a small fee for having the more expensive paper.

Interested?  My email is to discuss further.


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Making some cute bookmarks

People ask me all the time what I do with the extra book pages.  Here is one use:  I make cute book markets.

I have a backing that I bind the book page too.  Then I cut out the book mark.

Have a peaceful and prosperous day!

Laura 🙂

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First Day at Pike Place Market

It’s been a fun summer.  I’ve met a lot of great people at the Wallingford Farmers Market, the Madrona Farmers Market, Fremont Solstice Fair, Magnolia Summer Fest, Urban Craft Uprising events, and Oddmall.  After such a whirlwind of sunny events I turn my eyes to fall and to the 2017 Holiday season.

Then I got some fantastic news.  I’ve been accepted into the Pike Place Market as a daystall vendor.  Quite unexpected since this was the first year that I had applied and I was accepted.  I feel so fortunate.

So now you can catch my book journals at the Pike Place Market at least once a week.


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Whew! That was some whirlwind of a year!

It’s a few days before the holidays and I’m starting to reflect on everything that has happened during the year. It’s been a fast and furious year!  I’ve been binding books and notebooks just about every free second that I have.

From Place to Place Recycled Book Journal
Fun Textbook upcycled into a sketchbook or diary.

I started showing at the Fremont Sunday Market, Urban Craft Uprising, Oddmall and so many other craft markets. (Bellingham Steampunk, Emerald Downs Gift Fair, a Very Vintage Market and more.)

Oh the Thinks you can Think! Recycled Book Journal
Upcycled Dr. Seuss Classic

Now I’m sitting down to plan for next year.  I have some new binding equipment on the way so that I do that magic that I do a little more efficiently. 🙂

The Writers Harbrace Handbook Book Journal
Upcycled writing handbook.

My first stop this January will be Rusty Con in Seattle.  I look forward to spending time there and meeting more people.  I have more than a few applications out to craft fairs this spring.

I had so much fun this interacting with all other craft fair vendors.  I look forward to seeing them again this year.

Everyone have a great holiday!

Laura Dodson

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What I’ve been working on!

My workbench!

Many thank you’s to the people who supported the Book Pom Pom Kickstarter.  It funded last week and I will be sending out the book pom poms and book marks shortly!

Book Pom Poms

The Kickstarter funds will go towards purchasing new book binding tools.

This past week I have been traveling and was even able to hand deliver a package of game tokens to a customer.  Since I mail the Lore Bits game tokens all over the world now, it’s rare when I can actually take them myself to a location.

I will be at the Fremont Sunday Market this weekend in Seattle.  Hopefully, it will be another sunny day!  I’ve also been invited to First Thursday Artwalk in Occidental Square.  This is a popup market curated by Urban Craft Uprising.

New projects:  I have a post up shortly about a new product line that I’m excited about!


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Off to Port Townsend for the Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk Con

I’m off tomorrow to vend at the Steampunk con in Port Townsend.  I haven’t been there before, but I’ve heard good things about it.  I hope to meet some new people there.

The following two Saturdays, I will be at the Georgetown Trailer Park Market.  I enjoyed my time there in May.  I’m looking forward to returning.

What I will have at booth #9:

  • Over 150 book journals, each one is unique.
  • Card Notebooks made from magician cards
  • Free Bookmarks
  • Book Pom Poms
  • Comic book magnets
  • Lore Bit Magnets

If you are in Port Townsend this weekend, stop by the American Legion hall and say hi!

This week I also launched a kickstarter to raise money for book binding tools and education.  I’m looking to expand the types of journals that I make.  There are so many traditions in bookbinding, it’s time that I took a few classes to expand the selection.  Sure I know that youtube has dozens of videos on the subject, but it would be nice to be taught the right way.

The stitched journals can be assembled any number of ways, so it will take some experimenting with glues, papers, chip board and book cover cloth to be sure I have a quality product.

In addition, I’m interested in tea staining book pages.  But I want to make sure that tea stains are permanent and don’t run if someone gets the journal damp.  I know, I know, it never rains here in seattle, so I don’t have to worry about that.  But perhaps they will accidently drop a glass of water on it.  It never hurts to be prepared.

Since I will be assembling signatures, I need to know what type of thread I should use.  I’ve heard, dental floss, non-waxed, normal thread, furniture thread and definitely use waxed thread.

I haven’t used the PVC glue (okay, so I’ve used elmer’s, but not the specific glue that book binders use.) I need to know when and where to apply it.  Some helpful tricks on how to get it on the book and not on my hands.  I’m the type of cook that ends up with cookie dough on their hands after baking cookies.  Steve always wipes down the fridge door after I bake.  Predictable, but he loves the cookies. 🙂

At bottom is a few seconds from The Cure Concert in Portland in 2016.  We were sitting down towards the end of the concert.  And yes, yes he did wear the hat the entire concert.

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Comic Book Magnets at Craft Shows

Hello all!

Paper Butterfly Forge is still making comic book magnets, shiny magnets and upcycled book magnets.  However, I have taken them off the website because of the high number sold at craft shows.  It was rapidly depleting the inventory on the website.  I could either take pictures of magnets five hours each week or I could take them of the website.

Please check out our events page to see where we will be next!


Check out some of the past magnets that we have made!  Again, visit our booth at Seattle area craft shows!

Nancy Drew Magnets
Charming Upcycled Nancy Drew book magnets
Upcycled Book Magnets - German
Charming upcycled book magnets
German Illustrations Magnets
Glass Fridge Magnets upcycled from a vintage German Tutorial book.
WOK! Comic Book Magnet
WOK! Comic Book Magnet
Jane Grey Magnet
Jane Grey Magnet
Mushroom Comic Book Magnet
Mushroom Comic Book Magnet
Shiny Tiny Fridge Magnets
Shiny Tiny Fridge Magnets


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Paper Butterfly Forge will be at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall this weekend

Urban Craft Uprising - First Thursday Art Walk Pioneer Square

We are super excited to be at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall this weekend.  (May 14th & 15th 2016).  The market features vintage and upcycled products.  They also have long term vendors in vintage trailers!


Saturday: noon-7pm
Sunday: 11-4pm


5805 Airport Way South,
Seattle Wash. 98108

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Attending First Thursday Artwalk in Pioneer Square May 5th 2016

Urban Craft Uprising - First Thursday Art Walk Pioneer Square

I’m super excited that I will have a booth for Paper Butterfly Forge at the Pioneer Square artwalk on May 5th, 2016.  Urban Craft Uprising is coordinating the crafters and artists for the booths in Occidential Park in downtown Seattle.

Link to the Facebook Event:

There will be about 40 booths with jewelry, art, photography, journals, bath products and more for the craft fair.  It only runs from 5 pm to 9 pm, make sure you don’t miss out!

Edit: I had a great time and met lots of fantastic people.  I’ve added a picture of my booth!

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First Time as a Fremont Sunday Market Vendor

Fremont Fair - Seattle

Yesterday, I was at the Fremont Sunday Market as a Vendor.  Pretty cool!  Well, it was raining and cold, so it was literally cold.  🙂

I showed up just after 7:30 am just after the Market office opened.  Just under the Red Door were two cheery women organizing the market for the day.  There was a clipboard for the signup and an second clipboard for the rules and regulations.  Later during the orientations, I would be told to acknowledge all the rules, just not the ones we felt like following that day.

I wandered a bit before the orientation at 8:27 for new vendors.  The street was a bustle from cars being towed, merchants unloading trucks, assembling canopy tents and getting their displays ready.  I got a cup of coffee to off set the chill from a nearby coffee shop.

About 8:20 am I headed back and found a small semicircle of new vendors waiting.  A bit of a chuckle as she chastised us that we didn’t need to back before 8:27 am.  It was then it started to drizzle a bit.  I wasn’t worried, I was planning on being on inside the parking garage.  My book journals can’t stand having their feet wet, so it was a good fit.

We were asked to come inside so that we would be a bit drier.  There was short orientation, description of fees, and more banter.  Then one by one we were called up to the register where we issued our booth number and parking permit.  After learning the traffic method, I retrieved my car and unloaded it near the mouth of the parking garage.

Once inside, I realized that many lights had been rigged to light up the garage.  I’m too new to know if this is the Fremont Market or if the long term vendor have an astonishing array of bright lights.

I got to setting up and before I had finished customers were already coming into the garage.  The rain was pretty thick at that point, and I was a bit soaked.  I went off to put my car in the official parking.  I ran back and got my feet soaked.  (Next time, I’ll bring some thicker soled shoes to help with the puddles and to easy my feet during the long day.)

I settled in for the day.  Lovely people came to my tabled and looked at the book journals.  Kind things were said.  The rain eased on and off.  When the rain was the hardest, we had the most people inside the garage.  When I went to a food vendor for a snack, I could see the street was a bit empty.  Later, when it was sunny the market street was full of shoppers.  Never say that Seattle shoppers don’t mind the rain.  They were there, they were just hiding between the rain drops.