July Book Bee Cancelled

Hey everyone, sorry, but we need to cancel tomorrow’s July Book Bee, however, join us again on August 18th!


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Save the Date: CBBAG SK Weekend Retreat

Save the dates Friday, Sept. 30th until Sunday, Oct. 2nd for the first ever CBBAG SK Weekend Retreat!

This event will be held in Watrous, SK at Manitou Springs Resort. Tentative info is that it will begin on Friday night and run until Sunday afternoon. Pricing estimates right now are approx. $375 which would include your room (based on double occupancy), workshops, and a few meals. Many more details will be forthcoming!

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Summer Book Bees in Regina

Come out this Thursday, July 14th and again on August 18th to our summer Book Bees.

These dates are opportunities to bring any unfinished projects you may have accumulated over the year, and have some company to work on them. We’ll have wheat paste ready to go, just bring your own supplies and materials, newspapers for sure if you think you will be messy, there will be treats so bring your own mug for coffee or tea, utensils, and a plate.

Time: 3-8 pm, come and go

Place: Regina, SK, private residence, email cbbagsk@gmail.com for details on the location

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Year-end Wrap-up

The final get-together of CBBAG Saskatchewan before the start of summer was held yesterday in Davidson. The pouring rain made it a good day to spend inside engaged in book-related activities.

The morning started off with Cathryn Miller presenting a slide show of altered books, both other people’s and her own.



Cathryn answering a question

Cathryn answering a question

The rest of the morning was spent making a special version of CBBAG PIE, a book shaped like a pie wedge that includes its own pie server.


Everyone worked hard to get their books finished by lunchtime.

Cathryn explaining a step

Cathryn explaining a step


Explaining another step

Explaining another step


Busy hands

Busy hands

We broke for lunch, generously provided by Leann (with a little help from others) before more book activities in the afternoon.


Several people had brought work to share at Show and Tell.

Showing a book

Demonstrating a diorama

Show and tell 1

Show and tell 2

Show and tell 3

Show and tell 4

The afternoon was filled with cheerful discussions and shared enthusiasm.

A discussion

Leann finished off the afternoon by telling the group about the exciting events she and Robin have planned to begin in the fall.  You will need to watch this space for upcoming announcements and registration information.

All photographs of the day’s activities were taken by Gail F. Chin.

If you want to make your own copy of the CBBAG Pie book, you can download the pdf here. Instructions for printing and assembly can be found on Cathryn Miller’s blog, along with the original Cabbage Pie book. Please note that the guides for scoring the pie page on the CBBAG Pie version are on the coloured (non-text) side.




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Susan Mills Introduction to Bookbinding

Looking for a book-related activity this summer? Creative Commons YXE, 312 Ave B South, Saskatoon, SK, Canada may have what you want.

Do you want to get things together in book form? Or make yourself a custom notebook? Have you ever wondered just how a book is made? In this workshop you will learn the basics of hand binding. We will cover hand tools, materials and adhesives. We will make paperback and hardcover books, glued and sewn books, single sheet and ‘signature’ books and even an accordion. We will work with both historical and contemporary structures and materials. Everyone with an interest in books is welcome.

All materials and the use of tools are included.

Susan Mills has been binding books and teaching bookbinding for a quarter century! She is on the faculty of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and of The Center for Book Arts in New York.

Dates: Sundays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, July 10th and 17th
Instructor: Susan Mills
Cost: $135 + GST (includes materials)


Don’t delay: this will fill up quickly!


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New Bookbinding Now podcast

This year is the first Toronto Art Book Fair, and Susan Mills has done a podcast interview with one of the curators, Leah Taylor, Associate Curator of the Kenderdine Art Gallery and College Building Galleries at the University of Saskatchewan. The subject of the podcast is Taylor’s curated exhibition Somewhere In The Middle, featuring work by Saskatchewan artists Amalie Atkins, Joi Arcand, Troy Grosdahl, Ellen Moffat, and Kara Uzelman.

You can find the podcast at Bookbinding Now on the June 15 post.



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CBBAG Pie – Reminder to RSVP!

A reminder to all to RSVP for the CBBAG* Pie summer wind-up event! We need at least 10 participants to make this a go, so if you are planning on attending please get your RSVP in if you haven’t already done so!


Here are the details:
When: Saturday, June 25th
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Davidson Town Hall, Davidson, SK
Schedule of Events:
Morning: Cathryn Miller will speak about her work with altered books and then lead us through a book structure she calls “CBBAG Pie”.
Lunch: Graciously being donated by our very own Leann! BYO plate, cup, cutlery, & napkin
Afternoon: Year end show and tell, bring what you learned this year or other book-y items. We will also have the exciting launch of the lineup for the 2016/2017 events and workshops!
$25 members
$30 non-members
What to bring:
  • plate, cup, cutlery, & napkin
  • show and tell items
  • investment
  • materials list
Reply to cbbagsk@gmail.com with your RSVP. This event is open to all, no max. participant number so we are hoping this will be a big event, please RSVP by June 17th!
* for those who may be new, did you know CBBAG is pronounced “cabbage”?!


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