Miniature Book Ornaments – Online - 2023wksp-30

  • 26 Nov 2023
  • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Online using Zoom
  • 0


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ONLINE: Miniature book ornaments with Arielle VanderSchans

Explore the world of miniature book making! This workshop will walk you through the steps to make a case-bound book that is only 2 inches tall.


This little book is a great starting place if you’ve never made a book before. Participants will be able to turn their miniature book into an ornament for the holiday season.


A text block for “The Night Before Christmas” will be sent to participants to use for the class.


Arielle VanderSchans has studied bookbinding under Dan Mezza since 2016 and got her Certificate of Completion from CBBAG in 2019. Arielle teaches History of the Book & Book Preservation Basics at the University of Western Ontario. She’s active in the Southwestern Ontario Chapter and on the national board. You can find her online at and on Instagram: @ariellesbindery




Location: ONLINE using Zoom

Date: Sun, Nov 26, 2023

Hours: 4 pm – 7 pm Eastern time zone (Toronto/NY Time)

Course fee: $65 members / $125 non-members (incl. one-yr CBBAG membership)

Prerequisite: none

Registration closes: Sunday, Nov 5, 11:59 PM

Maximum registration: 15


This is a live workshop, but it will be recorded, and a link will be made available for the registrants to view until available until Jan 1, 2024.


Tools Required:


Mat knife or scalpel (just scissors will work too)

Cutting mat

12” ruler (and dividers if you have them)

Brush (for PVA glue)

Sewing needle

Binder clips/bulldog clips

Bone folder (if you have one)



Materials Required:

Unless noted, all materials are grain direction parallel to the spine. Dimensions below are (height) x (width).


PVA Glue

Thread (any thin sewing thread will do)

Decorative paper for cover (larger than 2in x 2in)

Thin cloth or paper for the spine (larger than 2in x 2in)

Board (thin – cereal box thickness is good)

Wax paper

Paper towel


Online Workshop Process:

Materials should be prepared in advance of the workshop to the specifications which will allow participants to take the best advantage of the live format. Please review the technical requirements below prior to registration to be sure you can participate. Questions should be directed to


Technical requirements for participation:

·       Access to the internet and to the Zoom application

·       Screen large enough to follow instructor’s video feed (cell phone is not ideal)

·       Microphone or Headset / Webcam

·       How to join a zoom meeting information


Participant-requested cancellations will be accepted up to 3 days prior to the published cut-off date for registration and will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee (a minimum of $5). After that, the full fee will be forfeited. In the event of the workshop being cancelled by CBBAG, the workshop fee will be fully refunded. Membership fees included in the non-member fee above are not refundable.

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