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On the first of April 2016, there is a Poem A Day Challenge over on Writers Digest. I took part in this in November and really enjoyed it. Not striving to keep to the deadline, but enjoying writing to the prompts in my own time. They also do a weekly poetry prompt on a Wednesday, yesterday the prompt was: ‘Preparation’ here is my poem in response to that prompt.

I’m circling my wagons,

Gathering books and pens beside

For a Poem a Day in April

My excitement, I cannot hide


What isn’t there, to love about this?

It joins several of  my passions,

My love of all things stationary

And writing too a passion.


I tell all I know, about this site,

So they can find it too

And there will be more of us

To enjoy the writing too.


If you would like to find out more about the Poem a Day Challenge, it is being held over on the Writers Digest website, see links below.


I can’t promise to post one everyday, its often better to sit with words for a while, to let them evolve into a finished piece, but I hope readers will enjoy the prompts on the site and play along if you would like too. You will be able to read my poems on my other blog A Space To Heal

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon


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As regular readers will know, I have not been able to create for a while, no energy, no mojo. BUT I have been writing poetry as a way to express my feelings and to heal. With Mothers Day coming up, I printed some of my poems out and bound them in a book for my Mother in Law. For those of you who write and would like to create your own books, here is how I went about it.

My first printed Poetry book

OK I appologise now for not including pictures with this, book needed to go into post, so I didn’t have time to photograph it but hey.

First I created a Word document. Added a cover page, a blank page for a table of contents and then began to write out the poems.

I gave each poem a new page, wrote in the title, highlighted it, then; clicked on Styles and selected Heading 1 for the title of the poem but I could have used Title too. Do this for every title in the document.

After writing in the verses, I put in a mark for a paragraph, to add a little space and then used ‘Insert’ and ‘Page break’ after each one. The meant each poem would have its own page.

Table of Contents

After doing this for all my poems; I went back to my blank page to create a table of contents. To do this; as long as you used the styles box for each of your poems titles.

  • Click on styles box,
  • Click on the headings you want to include in your table of contents
  • Click where you want your table of contents to be, (on my blank page at the start of the book)
  • On ‘References’ tab, choose ‘Table of Contents’ and from the drop down menu, you can choose a layout style you like.

Hey presto, all your poem titles are listed as well as their page numbers 🙂 if you change the order of the poems after you create your table of contents, be sure to go back to that page and click on ‘References’ and the ‘Table of contents’ again, a box appears that says update table, choose; Update entire table.

Check out visual details on Microsoft word help pages

Printing A4 collection of pages into an A5 Booklet

Now for whatever reason, I was not able to follow the video tutorial on this for Word 2007 as I just didn’t have the same options on my Pages box that was shown on the video BUT there is always more than one way to do some thing so… I checked the book was ready to print, everything typo checked etc and looking as I’d like it too. Then I saved it as a PDF version.

Then I followed these instructions for how to print my A4 document out in what would be folded to create the A5 book. My thanks to Michael J. Brighton at the Kent Archery Association, for creating these instructions. Booklet Printing

I went for single sided printing and put it back into the printer to print the second side afterwards and it worked fine 🙂

Binding style

There were only 16 pages to my book at 4 sides per A4 page it was thin enough to bind in a single signature. I used pamphlet stitch to bind my resulting book. Another time, I will add additional chapters to my book and bind them with Coptic stitch to create a thicker book that will open easily and lay flat on the table for comfortable use.

Checkout my tutorials for basics of preparation for bookbinding and then to bind using Pamphlet stitch try Sea Lemon for easy ideas. See my Bookbinding tutorials by others for options for binding styles.

I hope you give this a try, and check out the bookbinding tab at the top of the blog for lots of resources, supplies, and tutorials.


Best wishes and thanks for reading,


Billie 🙂





Gorjuss stamps

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Just so you don’t think I have forgotten about you, as that couldn’t be further from the truth, I’d like to share a few links to some really nice rubber stamps.

I was telling a friend about a rag doll I made and how I liked that she only had eyes not other features and she told me about Santoro and their Gorjuss range. Of course this sparked a research session, ohhh sooo nice. I could spend a fortune there, if I had one to spend but I did treat myself to a selection of the mini stamps.

My preferred size to work in is A6 and these are great for that and for art journalling as the stamps are 7cm tall. I have so far stamped them on the cover of my poetry journal and alongside some of my poems. Will add photos another day soz.

For those of you who are now who are Gorjuss, here you go, but you may need to sit on your hands coz they are super cute. I know I don’t normally do cute, but these are really emotive (is that the word I mean, they say so much with how they stand and their expression) that they really lend themselves to my from the heart poems and for the more personal journalling too.


Santoro London Main retailer of all things Santoro

Gorjuss collection All things Gorjuss

Gorjuss stamps Here are the stamps on their own.

The mini ones are made by Do Crafts and these are the one’s I’ve been collecting

The stamps with other ‘things’ around them ie boarders or journal blocks are larger at 10cm in height, so if you like to work small watch out which ones you choose.

There, I haven’t posted for ages, no pictures but SO much temptation. Did you miss me?

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A heads up to say my Poetry ‘retreat’ is going well. I’m not stressing on deadlines, just writing along to the prompts as inspiration strikes.

Check out my poetry and other healing topics on


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Time to give thanks to someone who has inspired me for many years; Suzi Blu. I’ve been her blog for many years now, she makes amazing art videos and is so encouraging. I think its important to thank those who mean a lot to us, even though, they may never read it.

Suzi recently posted about finding a voice and pilgrimage about finding ways to have the courage to go out when anxiety stops you. I have a lot of issues with this myself so I can relate, I admire her courage and have started a different blog to discuss those issues and offer links and books of support that have been useful in my own journey.

Suzi you have inspired me, I’ve been with you though all your ups and downs in life over the last few years and was thinking of you, virtually holding your hand, even when I didn’t or couldn’t post. I wish you a peaceful happy life, somewhere that you love and loves you too. Here is my poem to you in gratitude for all the happiness you have given me with your posts n videos.

To Suzi Blu, Thank you

Oh Suzi you are start dust

You are blessed and unique

Don’t listen to those who critise you

Or the evil that they speak

Your story it is precious, it is yours and yours alone

Your courage to post and to share it

Shows such strength and how you’ve grown

I’ve read your blog and seen your shows

Their inspiration glows,

With peace and love

and Truth and light

And helps us through our wowes

Through darkest times, both yours and mine

Your true hear still it shines

You help me to believe, in a moto I hold close to me

And sounds a lot like you

To Thine own self be true.




If you haven’t found Suzi Blu from my Art Blog roll yet here is her wonderful blog, check out her videos here: Suzi Blu

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Wasn’t sure which blog to put this on, not sure if poetry is taking this blog too far off topic, so I posted it on my other blog

A Space To Heal instead.

Do pop over and have a look, be gentle with me, my dyslexia meant the finer points of English were lost on me at school, grammar and punctuation are lost on me. I just write from the heart, the sounds of my soul, borne on paper.

Here is my new poem


Thanks for reading, if you like what you see, do follow the new blog too. I will post craft stuff here, when I feel able too. Thanks for your patience in the mean time.


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Haven’t posted in ages, well haven’t crafted in ages either TBH. I made the rag doll Matilda and still need to show you pictures of that.

Have watched a few shows on C&C. Still loving Craft Artist but haven’t had the energy to do that, but have just bought their adorable oriental digikit so hope to have a play with that.

In other news, I have been having a go a poetry. Its been a way to heal, seems my soul has a lot to say and is very angry. Most of it is quite personal stuff, so not for on here.

I still think of you and want to come back and write this blog again, so I’m going to post now and then as energy allows. So its worth keeping me on your readers, honest.

Some stuff just needs a lot of time to process and find ways to deal with and heal from and that’s what I’m doing and why I’ve not been posting here.

I wish you all joy peace and happiness and will return as soon as I am able too.


Best wishes and thanks for reading