The Calendar Completed (and a Beeston label)

This week started with cutting the Beeston calendar strips that I printed last week. After cutting into individual pages came collating into the calendars.

I pre-cut all the seasonal wrapping paper. There are two colours because some addresses receive two copies of the calendar.

I use a minimal tape method for wrapping. The paper is cut square and the calendar is placed on it diagonally. Top and bottom points are folded over the calendar and joined with one small piece of tape. The outer edges of the end flaps are turned in slightly, just at the ends of the calendar.

End flaps are folded over and attached with a second small piece of tape.

I designed Do Not Open Until Christmas labels. (Given dire warnings from Canada Post regarding heavier than usual pre-Christmas mail volumes, I will be sending these earlier than usual which means they will likely arrive far too early for Christmas.

(If you want to make your own Beeston labels, scroll to the end of this post.)

Since I was already working at the computer, I designed a Beeston package label for gifts of food to be given to local friends.

Some labelled parcels.

I filled in the labels while sitting at the computer so I could double-check with my list.

Since most of the calendars are sent by mail, they require a second wrapping. I use brown paper freezer wrap as it has a moisture-proof coating on the inside.

I have addressed all the calendars to be mailed. These will get a bit more tape before being sent off into the wild.

Once again I am folding menko in the evening.

In other book arts news:

Recent Friday Night Flicks have been featuring artist’s books. I couldn’t find a satisfactory video displaying Louise Bourgeois’ Ode à l’Oubli, so I will share it here.

You can find an information page about the work here and thumbnails here. If you click on the thumbnails you get a zoomable image.


If you are interested in iPad lettering, you can find more info about this course here.


The John Neal Books list of online classes has been recently updated. Find the list here.

In other news:

This appeared in a big red bar across the top of the weather forecast on Friday.

Friday at 11 a.m.

Saturday at 11 a.m.

The heavy snowfall warning has been removed, and now we have a winter storm warning. Since the snowfall predicted could still total 30 cm in the next 72 hours, I am left wondering what constitutes “heavy snowfall”?!

If you have made it this far and want to make some Do Not Open Until Christmas labels featuring our travelling companion Beeston, download the file 2020 Do Not Open Labels.

This should print on both A4 and 8.5 x 11 inch media, but if your printer has wider non-printing margins you may need to reduce the image size.

Score the five vertical lines between the guides at the top and bottom of the page, do the horizontal cuts, then cut the verticals following your score marks. You don’t need a plotter/cutter to make labels. Print on label paper and cut very gently. With a bit of practice and a very sharp blade, it is possible to just cut through the surface layer. You can see in the image below that I only went through the backing in one place.

If you want to make hang tags, print the pdf on card stock. Punch a small hole in the upper left corner of the tag and add a short length of string.

Have fun!

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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