Above: Two small (3.5 x 5.25 inch) and one regular (6.75 x 10 inch) Nideggen journals. The first batch of this "round" of binding. (The lighting is off in the photo—that front book's fabric is way more teal! There is metallic gold on the small black book's decorative paper, sort of a wash that settled everywhere in the cold press texture of the 140 lb. watercolor paper used for that design. It's sparkly when you hold it in the light.)
Saturday morning, while baking bread I was able to get the first three books of this new group finished. But I'm not a happy camper. I want to bind them all at once! I'm having trouble pacing myself. I did three more of the regular journals Sunday morning, again while baking bread. This morning I finished 4 more regular journals (and baked bread after binding so the house wouldn't get hot while I was binding). That leaves 3 more to case in! (Maybe I can get a hang of this small batch thing?)
The two small books are actually a mistake. My sheet count was off and I didn't think I had enough sheets for an even number of full-sized books, so I tore one sheet down to a half-sized book and set it aside. When I got close to the end of tearing I found I would have had enough (drat). I regrouped, did some math, and I ended up doing one thin, regular book (4-sigs instead of my normal 6-sig book) and made two small books with the paper I'd torn down to smaller pieces.
In hindsight I'm glad this happened. The two small books will be just perfect for me to put in my pocket for a weekend trip with non-artists who aren't also sitting around sketching! Working small will also be a good way to jostle things up.
Do you like to keep the same page size and paper? I wonder what my ideal page size is? My problem is that the definition of "ideal" varies depending on what media I'm thinking about using. Adaptation is fun so I like to switch papers too, but never in the same book, as I know some people do, go figure. For all these, and many more, reasons I like to bind my own books. I'll continue to work on pacing myself so I can do it for a while to come.
Now I'm going to go and enjoy the page size and paper I have in my current journal. Only a few pages left. I'm looking forward to the change already.