Meet Sarah Nielsen of Book Bound Bindery

Meet Sarah Nielsen of Book Bound Bindery

Jackie Boucher
Oct 18, 2011

Name: Sarah
Location: Houston, TX
Children: Max (5), Cooper (3), Owen (1)
Online Homes: and

Besides being an blogger, an artist, and a mom of three boys, Sarah loves books. She loves them so much she makes them: "I really believe everyone has a story to tell and so I make notebooks and journals that will (hopefully) inspire someone to start writing his/her story." Her love of book binding started in college and continues to be how she likes to spend her spare time. And lucky for us, she loves to share inspiring tutorials, on various book binding techniques as well as other fun projects too.

What are your favorite things to post about? Family, art, and books, of course.

Family because I feel so blessed to be in love with my husband and a stay-at-home mom with my boys. We have a lot of adventures together: trips to the mountains, family nights at home, bike riding to the park, home improvement projects, etc.

Art because it's part of who I am and what I'm inspired by. I love how art connects me with other people. As a bookmaker who works with clients on custom projects, I am meeting new people all the time and I love it.

Books because making products for Book Bound Bindery is how I spend my free time. I especially love to post tutorials.

How long have you been blogging and why did you start? I am an artist who fell in love with bookbinding in college. PersonalizeYourWedding began when my sister wanted a guest book that didn't exist in any store. She wanted a few personal touches -- poetry and photos -- nothing elaborate, but just something personalized. With a handmade book, I added the photos and a few lines of favorite poetry to each page. The wedding guests loved it! PersonalizeYourWedding started as making guest books for my family and friends and now has reached from New York to Thailand. I love working with my clients -- helping them to design something special to fit their own wedding.

In 2009, I decided to explore beyond custom guest books and that's when my small business, Book Bound Bindery, was born. Since most people have no idea what a bookbinder is, I started blogging about it. Bookmaking doesn't get talked about often, but I really believe everyone has a story to tell and so I make notebooks and journals that will (hopefully) inspire someone to start writing his/her story.

What are your top 3 favorite posts? Making valentine's with the kiddos, Kid's Art Fundamentals class last summer, and a recent wedding guest book.

Any tips on being a mom blogger and finding balance in your life? Decide what your priorities are and then plan accordingly. For me, family comes first. That means, I usually keep the computer off while the boys are awake and I don't let blogging determine our activities for the day. I decided early on that I didn't want to be a professional blogger, but rather a mother/artist who happens to share her ideas online. Kiddos grow and change so fast, I don't want to miss anything.

What's your favorite indoor activity to do with your family? It takes a hurricane to keep us indoors. We like to splash outside, make mud pits, and sail paper plate boats in the gutters. Once we clean up and come inside, we usually make some play dough or paint something or play basketball in the playroom (I have three boys, remember!).

Have any special projects in the works? I'm up to my elbows in making Christmas gifts for my friends and family. I'm thinking of making a fort kit, block puzzles, and a little tree house for the kiddo's plastic zoo animals. You can see what I'm up to on my Pinterest boards.

Who in the blogging world inspires you? There are so many! I met Eva of Sycamore Street Press in college years ago. Her art and design inspired me then and still does. I can always find something fun to do with my kiddos on Made By Joel. We recently moved to a new house and Jenny of Little Green Notebook has been inspiring how I make our new house home. I get my paper fix from Of Paper and Things and I'm always inspired by something on Felt & Wire.

Thank you Sarah! Readers, Sarah is also working on a new website that will be fully stocked with her book binding work after Thanksgiving. For a sneak peak, click here.

(Images: Nielsen Family Photo by Golden Leaf Photography. All other photos by Sarah Nielsen)

Since our inception, we have loved hearing from all of our readers as well as reaching out to several in the blog community. You are mothers, fathers, wives, husbands all writing about your families, style and what makes you tick. To continue fostering this great blogging community, we'll now begin featuring close-ups of our favorite family and design blogs as part of our "Big Blog Family".

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