Friday, April 9, 2010

New Once-A-Year Book designs!

The last time I designed new covers and bags for the Once-A-Year books was back in 2008. You can see some old designs here.
Towards the end of last year I set out to create some new ones again and they are finally available to buy from various retailers who stock my products as well as from my own online shop.
In case you aren't familiar with the Once-A-Year Books here is a description:
Chronicle your childs first 18 years in this beautiful and easy to keep book. Insert just one photo per year and add a brief description of that year on the corresponding page. Also included is a 'Chatter Book' which is a small notebook for keeping a record of the childs first words and funny sayings. Each Once-A-Year Book slips into a beautiful hemp bag which has been silk screen printed and features a Polish inspired folk-art motif. The books are hand made in Australia using eco-friendly materials and high quality acid free album pages

Yesterday the printed covers and the hemp bags arrived from the screen printer and I was delighted with the lot. I love the designs on the books and on the bags but I also love, love, love the new fabrics I am using.

Firstly I have started using hemp canvass for the bags. Hemp, for those who don't know, is an amazingly eco sustainable fibre. It can be grown with no pesticides or herbicides, uses much less water to grow than cotton and is four times stronger than cotton! On a yearly basis Hemp produces more pulp per acre than trees! If you'd like to read more about the amazing super-powers of hemp read here.

The book covers are covered with a fabric which is made using recycled plastic bottles. I was amazed to have found it. It feels like a strong muslin and has a beautiful texture to it. Here is a close up shot of a cover.

So today I am starting to fill all the orders I have been receiving for the Once-A-Year Books. If you'd like to order one please visit the Laikonik online shop at

The books are available in 4 designs

Red Horse
White Horse
Red Bird
White Bird

Till next time!

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