Double Rainbow Hooray! (What does it mean?!) CCLaP's Etsy store is now open! Regular readers will remember that this has long been a plan at the center, for when I finally had the resources to start putting out our first paper books; that at that time, I would also make a few blank notebooks and journals with the spare material, essentially done the same way as the center's Hypermodern titles but with blank pages, an inner nameplate, and more whimsically decorated covers. And that's pretty much the entire reason that Etsy.com even exists, to gather together and help promote these thousands of one-person handcraft operations like mine scattered around the country; and so that's why I recently opened an account there for CCLaP as well, so to sell these notebooks in a much more popular destination for people looking for items exactly like these.
Anyway, CCLaP's first two notebooks are now for sale there; they feature the same materials and dimensions (4.33 by 5.75 inches) as the Hypermodern books, .87 particle board and 25-percent cotton sheets, bound together using a hand-done exterior Coptic stitching style; one has covers featuring a cute little skull-and-crossbones pattern, the other a squirrel-and-nut one, both printed by the Rossi paper company in Italy. They each contain 160 pages (40 folios/sheets) and are twenty bucks plus $5 shipping (via USPS Priority Mail, including online tracking number, delivery in two to three days for most Americans), so what are you waiting for? Go buy one right now!
Don't forget that I hope to be offering a whole series of different kinds of journals there as the year progresses, including eventually ones with leather covers, ones with cardboard covers screenprinted with fun designs, and even with sturdy black cloth covers like Moleskines and with the center's logo screenprinted on the cover; and of course this is just the start of what I hope to eventually be a much bigger merchandising program in general, something I hope will eventually generate a big portion of CCLaP's annual revenue, including hopefully one day down the road such museum-store-style stuff as t-shirts, coffee mugs, refrigerator magnets, posters, postcards, etc etc. These blank notebooks this year is just a trial run of sorts, to try out the Etsy system and see what I think, so I strongly encourage you to patronize the CCLaP store there if you have the chance, or at least to tell all your gift-seeking middle-class friends about it.