For the handmade (ok, Glowforge made) Christmas gifts this year, I made leather notebook covers for 3 1/2" by 5 1/2" notebooks. A Youtube video that inspired this years gift was from 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yju82AwTb_M. He also sewed his own signatures, but I just used Field Notes notebooks.
Aside, I noticed recently Linn included covers similar to this on her Darbin Orvar channel as one of the Christmas gift ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyso3UQQh9s
I started the design in Fusion 360 as a parametric sketch which I exported as dxf. I imported it into Inkscape and edited it somewhat (joined nodes, deleted construction lines, etc.) and saved this plain SVG. I intend to share the parametric model, settings and more info on how I finished the leather and the inside in Beyond the Manual at some point, but I’m often short of round tuits, so who knows.
The artwork on the gifts came from various sources. The order is approximately left to right and top to bottom in the image:
Tribal wolf tattoo by AKV purchased license on vectorstock.com (https://www.vectorstock.com/royalty-free-vector/tribal-wolf-tattoo-vector-17451037)
Northern Saw-Whet Owl by Bryant Olsen licensed CC BY-NC 2.0 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/bryanto/3161707070/)
Cute space travel by mixx83 purchased license on vectorstock.com (https://www.vectorstock.com/royalty-free-vector/cute-space-travel-vector-15061900)
Seamless multi-colored bicycles by pashabo purchased license on vectorstock.com (https://www.vectorstock.com/royalty-free-vector/seamless-multi-colored-bicycles-vector-3442856)
Flower elephant digital download purchased on etsy. While I thought at the time of purchase that I’d got the original artist’s shop, researching this for the post, I’m not sure. So I’ll wait to post a link until I’m more confident or find a better source and license it there.
Figs on cutting board by my daughter. Her Instagram original is quite a bit better than before I mangled it for half tone etching with the laser and cropped for my aspect ratio.
Japanese garden by me. A photo I took on my last sight-seeing trip to Kyoto.
Flourish by me. I followed the InkThisScape tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8XORGTMjIs. The flourish on the notebook is my second attempt at vector illustration. After doing the tutorial the first time, my first attempt was a coffee mug I made for a different project. I thought I remembered that I first got the link to that tutorial on these forums, but I can’t find it now, so maybe I just Googled.
Adjustable bicycle parasol and support is a diagram from the 1896 patent no. 555.025: https://www.google.com/patents/US555025
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