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I ****ing love making handouts.

IMG_7712I ****ing love making handouts. I could make handouts all day long. I love doing rough drawings to organize my thoughts. I love making final pen and ink sewing diagrams and scanning them into my laptop and tweaking them until they look just right.

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I ****ing love making handouts. I love bringing all of my images into Indesign and combining them with explanatory text. I love italicizing the sewing instructions and formatting the headings.

Screen shot 2013-03-25 at 7.56.30 AMI love it. I ****ing love it.

handout in progressI love tweaking the text in excruciating detail.

closer! closer!And then, when it is all over, I ****ing love printing the new handouts out and assembling little kits of components, fresh and ready to go.

glorious kits.Sometimes, when I am feeling particularly decadent, I turn my handouts into little booklets. Who doesn’t ****ing love that? Booklets mean hours of fun dealing with imposition and standardization. When I moved to the UK, I suddenly had to reformat all of my old handouts from standard US letter into A4 size paper. Did I mind? HA! Do you mind when someone gives you a surprise birthday party?

IMG_7718Look! here is a handout in accordion form:

Accordion01Sometimes, when I am teaching, and I am about to hand out my handouts, I get a little rush of pride and excitement like a child who is about to recite a poem in a school play. I wait for my students to gasp and congratulate me, and then, when it doesn’t happen, I don’t even care. That Is how much I ****ing love making handouts.

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Sometimes I think I ****ing love making handouts so much that I should not limit myself to bookbinding, but rather strike out into the larger world. I could offer people detailed and illustrated instruction in making and eating a sandwich, or putting on a pair of cowboy boots. But that is for another day. For now: day two of the Long and Link Stitch intensive I am teaching at the London Centre for Book Arts.

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(I really do ****ing love it, you know.)

19 comments on “I ****ing love making handouts.

  1. Kev Hagger
    March 27, 2013

    I ****ing love that you love making handouts. And I effing love this post.

  2. Florian
    March 27, 2013

    i ****ing would love these handouts! Are they available?

    • Big Jump Press
      March 29, 2013

      Hi Florian! I am about to put bookbinding kits, complete with handouts, online for sale. stay tuned for details!

      • Florian
        March 29, 2013

        Idea: Sell a kit with just handouts!

      • Big Jump Press
        April 1, 2013

        you got it!

  3. velma
    March 28, 2013

    great post, i love making the lesson plans, but not the handouts. structuring the class is what i love, layering the learning.

  4. growlygracepress
    March 28, 2013

    I make little wax animals for my workshops. I ****king love it.

    • Big Jump Press
      March 28, 2013

      Ha! Amazing. Any chance you’ll put some photos up on your blog?

  5. su523
    March 28, 2013

    So can I look forward to some great handouts at West Dean??

    • Big Jump Press
      March 29, 2013

      Absolutely! Get ready for some serious handout action! Although my printing handouts are less complex, sadly.

  6. Amy
    March 29, 2013

    After taking bookbinding classes both with and without handouts, I really appreciate instructors who make them. I don’t think a class is truly complete without a handout and a perfectly tweaked one is even better!

    • Big Jump Press
      March 29, 2013

      Agreed! I love getting handouts from instructors, and having them means that I can revisit a structure more easily in my own time. Thanks for your message, Amy.

  7. kjmakker
    March 30, 2013

    love the new layout lady! great change now that you have so many posts and material up there.

    • Big Jump Press
      March 31, 2013

      Thanks Kirin! I am pleased with it. Now go update your blog! Tell me more about the myth of main street and mail order store fronts!

  8. Elissa R. Campbell
    May 5, 2013

    How about a handout on how to make handouts?

    • Big Jump Press
      May 5, 2013

      You never know. . .

      • Elissa R. Campbell
        May 5, 2013

        Gotta say, you’re heightening my expectations for your workshop at PBI. No pressure, but those handouts best be fantastic.

      • Big Jump Press
        May 5, 2013

        BOOKLET. That’s all I’m going to say.

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