crafting content

My Crafting Content class was held in the Missions Hall on the Chautauqua grounds.

My Crafting Content class was held in the Missions Hall on the Chautauqua grounds.

Alas it was too chilly to spend time out on the porch.

Alas it was too chilly to spend time out on the porch.

After going "out into the field" to document the stories of the Makerie, students congregated back to the classroom to craft their stories.

After going "out into the field" to document the stories of the Makerie, students congregated back to the classroom to craft their stories.

In the foreground: Fran, Ellen and Alix.

In the foreground: Fran, Ellen and Alix.

My class on day one.

My class on day one.

A pile of books I've published over the years.

A pile of books I've published over the years.

New technologies of content gathering.

New technologies of content gathering.

Work in progress.

Work in progress.

Students made backgrounds for their pages through collage and assemblage.

Students made backgrounds for their pages through collage and assemblage.

I brought a selection of rubber stamps from home.

I brought a selection of rubber stamps from home.

My students from the first day. (We were too busy with our print deadline for a class photo on day two!) Thank you to everyone who took my class and was along for this big creative experiment. I'm impressed with what we were able to accomplish!

My students from the first day. (We were too busy with our print deadline for a class photo on day two!) Thank you to everyone who took my class and was along for this big creative experiment. I'm impressed with what we were able to accomplish!

Out of necessity, I worked every waking minute, even during our picnic lunch.

Out of necessity, I worked every waking minute, even during our picnic lunch.

By the end of the first day, my eleven students had produced 44 pages of content!

By the end of the first day, my eleven students had produced 44 pages of content!

The second day's class was smaller, with just 5 students: but we had a tighter deadline looming. But we pulled it off and had a final book with 84 pages!

The second day's class was smaller, with just 5 students: but we had a tighter deadline looming. But we pulled it off and had a final book with 84 pages!

I prepared all the final files which were sent as pdfs to a local digital printer. After some technical delays, the printouts were delivered that evening for our bookmaking party.

I prepared all the final files which were sent as pdfs to a local digital printer. After some technical delays, the printouts were delivered that evening for our bookmaking party.

The grand assembly line, ready for everyone to collate their own books.

The grand assembly line, ready for everyone to collate their own books.

Relief and exhaustion at seeing it all come together. If you have photos of your finished book, please link to it in the comments or send me a picture. I was too busy to take any photos of the finished products and it would be nice to see your customized covers.

Relief and exhaustion at seeing it all come together. If you have photos of your finished book, please link to it in the comments or send me a picture. I was too busy to take any photos of the finished products and it would be nice to see your customized covers.