ella funt #1 is officially released!


my new zine is officially ready to roll! it’s called “ella funt” & it’s about the whole situation in which i had a baby. specifically, it addresses: how my partner & i decided to have a kid, our struggles with trying to get pregnant, all the hinjinks around being informed that i wasn’t pregnant when actually i was, pregnancy topics like weight gain & gender preference, & it ends with being diagnosed with pre-eclampsia & having to start high-risk maternity care. the second issue will pick up where this one leaves off.

it’s forty quarter-sized pages & pretty text-heavy–more than 10,000 words. the text is broken up with little fabric swatches left over from the quilt i made for ramona while i was pregnant:


the covers are made out of fabric. i selected an interesting elephant fabric for the front & a bright solid for inside. they are sewn together to create a pocket in the book, & four photos relevant to the contents of the zine are tucked inside:


the title is printed on cardstock & zigzag stitched to the cover:


i’m not sure how long it has taken me to make each copy. a long time. it’s a little shocking to me that i have undertaken a project like this when i have a five-month-old baby, but…maybe my nesting instincts kicked in a little late & have taken a weird turn? jared set up a craft table for me so i can work without making the rest of the house a complete mess:


so, how to order? due to the ridiculous amounts of time & expense involved in making these things, they are priced at $4 each. if you want to kick in a little extra because…i don’t know, because you’ve read my zines before & you like them, or you read my blog & you like me, or you just think this looks like a cool project that you want to spend money on, feel free. when i mailed pre-orders today, i discovered that postage on these babies is actually three times as much as i’d budgeted for when i set the price (they cost me over $2 each to mail…$7 to the UK…) because they’re too thick to be mailed at the letter rate. i’m chalking it up to a lesson learned, & i will simplify the production elements when i make issue #2, but any extra generosity people want to show would be much appreciated. to actually cover my costs (buying fabric, paying for photocopies, postage, etc), i’d need to charge like $6 or $7 each, for reference. we can call it a sliding scale: $4 to $10? but no pressure. $4 is totally fine.

so $4 to $10 per copy. i accept paypal at learningtoleaveapapertrail@hotmail.com. if you send the payment as a gift, paypal won’t take fees & i’ll get the full amount. just make sure to include your address in the message. or you can send cash or check to:
ciara xyerra
307 e. 8th st.
lawrence KS 66044

run a distro, or a zine shop, or some other zine distribution project? wholesale copies are available for $2 each. i ask that you order a minimum of five copies.

i plan to do mailings once a week, on mondays. any questions? leave ’em in the comments. & here’s a bonus photo of ramona helping with the covers:


ps–are you a mom who makes zines? i would love to hear from you! get in touch!

Published by Ciara

Ciara Xyerra wrote zines for the better part of two decades. She has a brilliant & adorable preschooler named Ramona & sews as much as she possibly can. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her boyfriend. She enjoys catching up on "The New Yorker", meatball subs, keeping it cranky, intersectional post-third wave feminism, dinosaurs, & monsters. If you have nothing nice to say, she recommends that you come sit here by her, so you can say not-nice things together.

6 thoughts on “ella funt #1 is officially released!

    1. thanks! i don’t know if i’m amazing or just insane. i definitely wouldn’t have taken this project on if i’d known how much work it was going to be. i’m fitting it in while she naps, in the mornings & evenings when jared has her…sometimes i put her in her bouncy chair & sit in front of her & work. i’ll get it done eventually. i’m just lucky that she is like the world’s easiest baby.

  1. I got your zine in Sydney, Australia recently. I really appreciate your honesty about the whole process. I am a new mum too. You have inspired me to maybe make a zine about elimination communication. My partner would like me to stop preaching to him and everybody else about it so I might offload that all into a zine…

    1. that sounds like a great idea for a zine! i’m sure people would be interested, & a zine can be a good outlet for your thoughts on the topic. we didn’t go that route with our kid, but i have a friend who did.

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