valentine gift card holders

As promised, the valentine gift card holders are in the shop and ready to ship to you! There are two designs for Valentine’s Day.

First up is the Valentine’s Day Stripe. I don’t know about you, but my family is a house full of boys and none of them get real exited about pink things. [...]

spotlight: justin hackworth

Justin Hackworth is a photographer based out of Provo, Utah. Have you seen his documentary project with NieNie? Or his 30 Strangers project?

My husband and I had our portraits taken at Justin’s studio last summer and the thing that I loved most was for the first 20 minutes of the session, Justin sat with us [...]

it’s time to vote

Book Bound Bindery was nominated for a virtual award called The Poppies.

Go show your love for my books and cast a vote. It only takes one click. Voting ends on the 30th.

CLICK HERE to vote for Book [...]

tutorial tuesday: invisible ink letters

Hooray for Tutorial Tuesday! Still January = still posting tutorials about letter writing.

When I was in elementary school, I did some kind of summer class at the library and that is where I learned how to write with invisible ink. Thankfully, I tested out my memory of how to do this and it worked. So I [...]

i heart art

Here are some things I’ve been doing instead of blogging:

I’m getting Valentine’s gift card holders ready to stock in my shop (should be there before the weekend).

The weather has been perfect lately so most mornings have been spent at the park. Life couldn’t be better.

Filled a custom order for 45 bird and butterfly notebooks. Loved working [...]

tutorial tuesday: folded heart card

One reason I love Valentine’s Day is for all the love letter writing. I think every holiday should include love letters. But then again, you know how much I love letters. So, in honor of our January Letter Writing Tutorial Month, here is a simple folded heart card I thought up yesterday afternoon. The possibilities seem [...]

wedding guest book

This is a sneak peek for Britten who ordered one of my handmade wedding guest books from (my website). She chose a chocolate brown silk cover with butterscotch colored waxed linen thread binding. I added a title page at the front with a photo and their names, wedding date, and location. It turned out beautifully! [...]

spotlight: mara zepeda

Introducing The Lightbulb Lab‘s first ever artist spotlight. I am inspired by so many people and I want to share more of them with you. So every week or so I will shine the spotlight on an artist who has influenced me.

First up: Mara Zepeda of Neither Snow.

Tell us about what you do.

I am a calligrapher [...]

tutorial tuesday: postcarding

Today’s tutorial comes from Mara Zepeda of Neither Snow. She believes (like me) that mail matters. Mara is a brilliant calligrapher – tomorrow I plan on shining the spotlight on her and her work. But for today, she is here to share her tips and tricks on writing postcards. Welcome, Mara!

Eva Jorgensen already covered the correspondence [...]

dinosaur notebooks

Remember these notebooks I have for sale in my etsy shop? Have you ever wondered what you might use them for?

I have a new idea for you: Jenny ordered 7 dino notebooks to use as party favors for her son’s first birthday. How great is that!? The party colors are blue and green so I stuck [...]

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