Me & You Book by Nicolle Jenkins

Me & You by Nicolle Jenkins is a beautiful keepsake book for mothers and daughters to contribute to and share. I was blown away when I found it on my doorstep a few weeks ago (don’t you just love happy mail days!). It is a substantial book (it’s 2.5kg) but it is extremely well made and will last a lifetime I’m sure.

I love that it gives Mums and daughters the space to turn it into something unique; a chronicle of their unique relationship over time. I think it’s a truly beautiful idea.

As I’m not a Mum (I’m a doting Aunt though) I wanted to pass the book along to someone who would appreciate it and, most importantly, use it. Enter Casey and her cute-as-a-button daughter Esme. I asked Casey to write a little bit about the book. Here’s what she had to say.

Nothing makes us realise our own mortality, quite like becoming a parent. The mere thought of leaving your children prematurely is horrifying. Having lost my own Father as a child, I know what it is like to have questions unanswered and history disappear.

The Me & You memoir is a unique, beautifully crafted book, which allows Mothers to leave something behind for their daughters. There are many things I want my daughter to know and this beautiful book, allows my history and experiences to live on.

Even in our digital world, I enjoyed handwriting this piece for my daughter. I feel the price is reasonable; it could almost be viewed as an investment.

I absolutely 100% agree with Casey’s sentiment about the book being an investment. Nothing is more important than sharing the stories of our families – it is something we should pay more attention to. Thankfully this book makes it easier.

Mothers/daughters out there, you will love this book. Head on over to the Me & You store to grab your copy.

Teeny tiny books

I have a thing for miniature objects. If a regular, everyday item, can be shrunk to a mere wisp of its former self I will buy it. Small = cute in my book. And speaking of books how adorable are these teeny tiny ones!

1. Miniature book necklace – Papirell.
2. Super mini miniature hand bound book “arachnophobia” – Made by Joy.
3. Mini Book Tiny Art Black and White Pen and Ink Handmade NYC Water Tower – VH McKenzie.
4. 5 Mini Leather Journals in Red – nicopapergoods.
5. Tiny black book brooch – Buntmal.

Where would we be without books?

I have one goal in life – to have a book published. I’m working hard on that goal and I have belief that it will happen. You’ve got to do the hard work before you’re rewarded, right?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s BOOK LOVE posts. If you have any book related links, send them through. I’d love to read them.

1. Bookshelf Print by Wannanea.
2. The Heart – Folded Book Art by Novel Brand.
3. Ex Libris Banner / Bookplate by extase.
4. Girl with books by Illustrations by Aimee.
5. Girl Reading with the Owls – papercut – by Sarah Trumbauer Creatives.

25 crazy beautiful book covers

What makes you want to buy a book? Reviews? Word of mouth? For me it’s always been about the covers. I’m very guilty of judging books by them. Luckily this hasn’t steered me wrong.

I seem to have a core group of designers whose work I love – Jessica Hische, Anna Dorfman, Allison Colpoys – they get it right every time. I’m also particularly proud of the cover designed by my dear friend Adrianne Barba from Bird Studios for my soon to be released e-book (see pic #2)!

How do you pick your books?

1. Emily Mahon / 2. Adrianne Barba – this is my e-book! You can pre-order a copy now! / 3. Christopher Sergio / 4. Jessica Hische / 5. Emily Mahon / 6. Anna Dorfman / 7. Peter Mendelsund / 8. Anna Dorfman / 9. Allison Colpoys / 10. Jennifer Carrow / 11. Jessica Hische / 12. Jennifer Carrow / 13. Olga Grlic / 14. Jennifer Carrow / 15. Peter Mendelsund / 16. Alison Forner / 17. John Gall Design / 18. Olga Grlic / 19. Jessica Hische / 20. Olga Grlic / 21. Olga Grlic / 22. Olga Grlic / 23. Jason Booher / 24. Jessica Hische / 25. Anna Dorfman

From the pages of a book

Books are magical things. They inspire us. They transport us to different worlds. They teach us all of life’s secrets. I have a massive crush on books.

While the pages of a book are treasured they aren’t sacrosanct. It’s nice to know that they can continue to transform the world around us when they’re given a new lease on life.

1. Vintage Wedding Boutonnieres by Book Craft.
2. Classic Ampersand by Stay Gold Media.
3. Statement necklace by Paper Statement.
4. Young Bob DYLAN Dictionary Page Art by Patrician Prints.
5. Paper Flowers by Burning Lucy.

Helen Friel

It’s BOOK LOVE week this week on Pretty Paper Things so I’ll be sharing my favourite book related things over the next five days.

As a writer, I’m constantly surrounded by books. In fact I’m writing a YA at the moment (I’m on my second revision – so close to finishing!) and I have an e-book that’s almost ready to release into the world. Books are a big part of my life and my love of all things pretty and papery stretch and extend to them.

Today I wanted to share the work of Helen Friel who is an amazing paper engineer from London. She created this amazing edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Imp of the Perverse which is a story about the voice inside all of us that makes us to do things we know we shouldn’t.

Each page is perforated in a grid pattern with sections of text missing and the reader must tear and re-construct the piece in order to read it in full. How awesome, right? It’s kind of like a grown-up version of the old Choose Your Own Adventure books in a way – reaching an end point is left in the hands of the reader. I like that.

(Image credit: Helen Friel)

Rilegato a Mano

These beautiful handmade, handbound books by Rilegato a Mano caught my eye this morning. They are breathtaking – especially the miniatures. What stories I could write to fill those!

Thankfully there are still dedicated people out there like Francesca who are keeping arts, like bookbinding, alive. Please excuse me while I drool over her lovely creations.

1. Miniature Library.
2. Miniature Leather Book.
3. Handmade Book, Medieval Style – handpainted miniature, illuminated manuscript.
4. Pocket Size Leather Book with Silver Bell.


How lovely are these handbound notebooks from Victoria-based MoonRabbit? I have done some bookbinding in the past and I know from experience that it is a time consuming and skillful practice.

I’m glad that people like MoonRabbit owners Lauren and Chris are continuing the tradition (in an environmentally friendly way too). Make sure you check out their blog too.

1. Small coptic bound handmade book with emerald green Japanese stamp cover.
2. Small periwinkle blue softcover stitched notebook.