So What happens when you tell people you are going to do something before you do it? You put the pressure on yourself because there becomes a certain expectation!!
Well I was excited about this at the time I made it because I love books, Note Books, Journal Books, Altered Books, Mini Books, you get the picture. I opened one up in my craft room the other day and got a lovely surprise because it was one I had Altered a few years ago and forgot all about.
So I notice a trend for making books. I did buy a Zutter Binding Machine a while ago and I will be getting that out soon, but I have always fancied having a go at REAL Book Binding. But for someone who likes quick results, that's most of us Crafters isn't it?
I decided to do Book Binding "My Way"!!!
It Has to be easy doean't it? I can use Glue, ink and Paint, I can Mold Fabric or Card and I can Sew? How hard can it be????
Well My first one was made using Fabric for the Cover at the bottom of this page is a link to my and some of my Self-Reject cards and papers from my Clarity Stamp Design Work, and of course my Gelli Plate Prints. The Gelli Arts -Gell Printing Prints make great inner sheets for this and a great cover too.
So here it is - not perfect but a learning project.
The cover is Kodak Canvas Paper and Dylusions Inks
with a bit of Resist with a Clarity Stamp
|This is the Back, Lesson No.1 Inserts,even though they are smaller ALWAYS appear bigger when you close the book??? |
Answer- Add an extra strip of an Arty Feature to hide it, I think the white music strip enhances it though anyway.
I am not an Arty Planner or a person who measure things I do it all "by eye".
|So all of the stamps used are Clarity Stamps. This Particular stamp we got for the Clarity Show on Create & Craft last Sunday - it was this stamp that gave me the idea of making the cover. I made it for the show and all the stamps were just right I think. I will come back to this further down.|
|So you can't make a book without pages? Perfect for the Pages obviously are some of my Gelli Plate Prints. On the next book though as I say, the whole thing will be Gelli Prints in Ink and Paint. So this bit was easy, I trimmed down some Prints and folded them in half, measuring against the cover obviously, by eye!|
|This canvas was moulded but I wanted it too look as much like a real book as I could manage, so I lined it with the PaperArtsy "12 by "12 card/paper pad.|
|I decided to use up some of my "we are memory keeper" yarn. I have the needles to go with it see, perfect size. So your thread needs to be quite thick, not too fluffy and any colour you like, this is an arty book so go for it?|
|Now ten how do I explain this?|
Keep all knots on the outer edge that you see here, we will be covering that up.
Bear in mind there are instructions all over for real book binding.
So I will name each page - from Bottom Page 1 up to Pg 5
Lets do this like a Knitting Pattern
In at middle Pg1 out at Pg1 Left
In at Pg2 middle - out at Pg2 left
In at Pg3 middle - out at Pg 3 left
In at Pg4 middle - out at Pg4 left
In at Pg 5 middle *out at Pg5 Right !!
In at Pg4 middle - out at Pg4 right
In at Pg 3 middle - out at Pg 3 right
In at Pg 2 Middle - out at Pg2 right
In at Pg1 middle - out at Pg1 right
Loop in and out of thread from Pg1 right to Pg5 right
In at Pg5 right - out at Pg 5 middle
In at Pg 5 Left - out at Pg5 middle
loop under Pg5 Left thread - and down over weaving in an out of thread to Pg1
In at Pg1 - Out at Page 3 tie off end
You can add as many pages as you like this way - I think I will come back and show other methods because this is for a quick gathering of pages so all you need is for them to stay in place but still to open easily. - so remember to keep firmly pulling your thread together, but don't rip.
|TA DA !!! This is what it all looks like - doesn't it look neat?? This is why I was so excited when I made it, because it worked! I had no idea when I started if it would work or not but if you don't play you don't doscpver?|
|So here are a few of my Pages - all made on the Gelli Plate over the past few months with inks, and paints and Clarity Stamp Stencils.|
|Here you can see where I have put the Chalky paint, for a Journal I would keep it like this or mute it more for a Note Book I would put a centre piece of thicker paint to write onto.|
|Look it even stands on its side. Mod Podge is a very clever glue though sometimes a little too runny for some projects.|