For the Bookworm (Part 2)


Paper, books, two dimensional textures, any and everything that has to do with the wonderful world of paper.  Specifically, my mind travels to scrap booking, but there is also book binding, paper making, book art, book covers, book accessories, book marks, origami, the amazing world of everything involving books and paper.

paper cranes in a drop
paper cranes in a drop (Photo credit: Steve took it)

I have already discussed several crafts that involve paper.  However, it’s been such a long time since I wrote that other post that I completely forgot that I had done it at all (that’s stress for ya!).  SO, I re-wrote a “for the bookworm” post, and before I published it (thank goodness), I looked back to see that I already had a post “for the bookworm”.  I did notice that I included a few things in this post that I had left out of the first one, so my lovely bookwormers get a *bonus* post!!

  • Book binding can be leather, wood, paper, either sewn, or glued, or any other method to bind pages into a functional book method.
  • Paper making, also pretty self-explanatory, either recycling used paper to create something that can be used again, or making your own paper (there are several methods of paper making, many of which you can find online).
  • Book art would be using the pages of a book that has already been printed and creating and image over those words.
  • Book covers, accessories, and marks is exactly that.  Any material that can be used to cover a book (paper, knit, sewn, leather, wood), not to be confused with book binding.  The accessories that can go along with books: Book thongs, book marks, book lights, magnifying glasses, anything that you could think of that could be used with a book.
Robert C. Williams Paper Museum Batak book, co...
Robert C. Williams Paper Museum Batak book, concerning the art of divination from a rooster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What should the bookworm try to sell?

  • Hand-bounded books
  • Journals (prayer journals, diet journals, personal struggle journals)
  • Re-binding books (specifically bibles or prayer books)
  • Cards (greeting, thank-you invitations)
  • Stamps
  • Hand-made paper
  • Textured paper
  • Recycled paper
  • Wall art – canvass mounted or framed
  • Framed pages of favorite book
  • Book covers – knitted, crocheted, sewn, leather, wood.
  • Book marks – knitted, crocheted, sewn, leather, plastic, metal bending…
  • Origami – cranes, video game items, magnets, jewelry

For marketing purposes, I would suggest focusing on the hand-made qualities of this craft.  Every paper product that you create is going to be unique and special because it is hand-made.  People LOVE hand-made products, and they are going to adore the idea if you also recycle. If you are trying out a new paper-making method, let your customers know (maybe offer a discount for the first 10 people to try out your new product).  If you got a new stamp, create anticipation about it until you are able to create your product out of it.  Book-binders contain a unique skill set, don’t be afraid to let your customers know how you create your books, very few people are going to have the materials or the patience or the ability to bind their own books.

Robert C. Williams Paper Museum Book by Matthi...
Robert C. Williams Paper Museum Book by Matthias Koops on paper made from straw and wood (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As far as advertisement, use your paper products as your advertisement.  Make up a bunch of paper cranes that have your information in strategic places (or paper whatevers, maybe a star, or a flower, or a ring).  Why not create some flyers out of specially textured paper.  Sales can always bring in customers: If you don’t normally use recycled paper, have a sale of JUST recycled products.  Don’t be afraid to purchase a rubber stamp with your logo and slogan and stamp it everywhere you go: A bench at the local park, on a napkin at a restaurant, a piece of paper at the bank, leave it lying there, someone is bound to pick it up, maybe they’ll throw it away, or maybe they’ll look at it.

10 blogging ideas

  1. Where do you get your inspiration?
  2. How did you decide to start selling your particular niche?
  3. What is your method of creation?
  4. Let the paper narrate a story of its creation (either hand-made or factory-made)
  5. History Lesson: Where did your craft originate and how has it evolved over the years?
  6. Worst paper cut that you’ve ever gotten: tell the tale in a dramatic and action-packed way!
  7. Take a tour of your work-area…use lots of pictures…Maybe don’t even use any words.
  8. Have someone else who sells a similar craft guest post: Topic of their choice.
  9. Have you ever tried a paper craft and failed miserably?  Narrate it!
  10. Ever tried to encourage or teach someone else in your craft?

Since the creation of paper back in the ancient histories the use of such has evolved and grown into one of an artistic nature more than just functional.  If you sell something of a papery degree and would like to add to my descriptions and lists, just leave a comment below, I’d sure love to hear from you!

To read more of my “For the crafter” series, just click a link below


For the Bookworm (Part 1)

For the Cook

For the Seamstress

For the Painter

For the Photographer

For the Needle-arter (Part 1)

For the Needle-arter (Part 2)

For the Bookworm (Part 2)

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