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welcome to the wonderful world of journalling! i promise, if i can make one then you can too. the following instructions will make a journal that is 5 3/4″ x 4 1/2″. (view more journals here) Materials: 60 – 70lb. paper (i use 20 sheets per journal) one sheet of white paper for the cover guide, cut to 5 3/4″ x 9 1/2″ decorative paper for end papers (I used scrapbook paper: you will need 2 papers that measure 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ each)cardboard covers are 5 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ eachspine is 5 3/4″ x (width of pages; to be discussed later)fabric (1/2″ wider than cover guide on all edges)pencilscissorsgluewax paperclothespins/paperclipsrulersewing needlestrong thread (you can buy bookmaking thread, or just use hand-quilting thread)bone folder (*optional)awl (*optional) Part 1: Sewing the pages Cut pages in half, leaving you with 40 – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ papers. 2. Each group becomes a signature. 3. You can now cut the spine cover at this width. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Allow this to dry for at least 1/2 hour. 7. tada! Related:  Bookbinding

Make Your Own Moleskine-Like-Notebook What we'll make: Your very own Moleskine-like-notebook/journal/sketchbook. The one we'll be making is 3.5 x 5.5 x .5 inches. I use this size because it fits nicely into my back or front pants pocket. Strangely enough it is also the same size as the Moleskine notebook. Don't be put off by the many steps involved. This particular notebook was developed over many years of feeble attempts to organize my thoughts, appointments and small sketches. I hope you enjoy making and using them as much as I have. Table of Contents: Page 1. Materials Needed: 24 sheets of paper 8.5 x 11 inches (use 20# bond at first then you can try other types of paper)One 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of a "special" paper. Tools Needed: A bookbinders needle. Step 1. Take a sheet of your paper, t-square, triangle and pencil and mark your cut lines as shown. Step 2. Now you have 26 sheets of paper (folios), 24 for your pages and 2 for your endpapers. Step 3. Collate six of your folios into a signature as shown then flatten them.

Ribbon binding I thought as I haven’t been making so many books recently and yet I am still passing myself off as a bookbinding blog, I ought to at least show you some of the books I have made during the last year. Be warned, there are a lot of them! You can see them all together by clicking this link to my Flickr page And I really must get my Etsy shop up and running…. Ribbon binding – a tutorial I am often asked to explain how I make my books so I thought I would prepare a very basic tutorial. This method will make an A5 sized book. Materials 40 sheets of paper This can be from a shop bought sketch book, cut to size or even printer paper. So here we go. Method • First fold all the paper sheets in half. Image:click to enlarge • Take one of the sections, and starting at the right side, place a mark on the crease 0.5cm from the end, then 5cm from the end. • Holding all ten sections together, repeat the markings on all sections. • You have just made a text block. • You now need to cut three pieces of board.

Red Velvet Kit Club: Ya'll Ready For This? Jen has some wonderful creations to share and a pretty neat tutorial. Ready? I hope so. Bedside Journal (the overnighter) I'm one of those girls with too many notebooks but nothing to write on, especially when I think of something in the middle of the night. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. I don't know about you but I'm gonna have to make one of those! Moleskine Reloaded Table of Contents I. Introduction The size and durability of the Moleskine Pocket notebook is perfect for my sketching needs, but the paper is not ideal. These instructions describe exactly how I do this process, but one can of course vary the project extensively to suit other notebook sizes, papers, or covers. My own reasons for the choices I‘ve made for my sketchbooks are: You may click on any of the photos or charts below to see a larger view. II. Most of these materials can be found in a well-stocked art supply store, or online. Materials: Moleskine: 1 Moleskine Daily Pocket Planner (3.5 x 5 x 1 inches). Tools: ScissorsNeedle: I use Lineco Book Sewing Needles, but any somewhat sharp needle that will accommodate your thread will do.Large Book (hardback or telephone book, for example) Optional: III. Number of Signatures: Lets figure out how many signatures (sub-sections) you will be putting in your book. IV. Following the diagram below, measure and cut 15 pieces from each sheet of paper.

How to Make a Simple Cahier or Notebook It is a gorgeous summer in The Pyrenees and many of our Dutch friends are visiting. They come to relax, swim in the lake, enjoy the views and see the vineyards and winery grow. Needless to say, we had fun and I had little time for bookbinding. But, when dear friend Natascha needed a simple travel journal, I wouldn't let her get away with buying a spiral-bound notebook, mass-produced in China.So, I made her a 'quick and dirty' cahier, in less than an hour. This was refreshing as many of my painted or appliqued books take me days, even weeks to make.. You will need:15 sheets of paper, white, coloured or both. Step by step: 1. b. c. 2. a. b. c. 3. a. b. c. 4. b. c. d. e. f. g. 5. a. b. c. Et voilà: your own hand-made cahier or notebook, containing thirty pages (sixty counting both sides), ready to use!

Rosemary travale super blog - Soft Cover Wrap Around Notebook How it was done:1.Cut the 25 sheets of paper to 5 x 8 inches. Put them into 5 stacks, with 5 sheets in each stack.2.Using the bone folder, fold each of the stacks in half.3.Using the sewing machine on the widest stitch setting, sew down the center of the crease on each of the five plies.4.This is what each of the piles will look like. 5.Fold the pages in half again and pile them up neatly, with the sewn side facing out.6.Using a press, or something to keep the pile of sewn papers together, put an old board on either side of the pile and insert it all into the press.7.You can see here the paper clamped inside of the press with the two pieces of scrap board on either side.8.With a brush, spread a generous amount of glue across the paper. 11.Now cut two pieces of card stock that measure 5 x 8 inches. Fold them each in half with the bone folder.

How to ... a book tutorial an ‘old book cover’ journal, it's my first tutorial, so I hope it’s ok and easy to follow. Any comments welcome! Also, if anyone actually makes one, I'd love to see it! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 7a. 8. Cut your paper to size, mine was 100 x 110mm, so that it fits nicely in the cover. 9.

shala Coptic Binding I I've been doing some bookbinding lately, mostly just playing with, and in the research for that I found a great way to bind magazine for prosterity and organisation. It's called Coptic binding. It's an ancient binding method used in Egypt to bind books. The main advantage it has over the other methods of bookbinding for perserving magazines is that with coptic binding you can open your magazines up flat. Awl cover boards, I usually just use heavier weight paper for scrapbooking, a lot of times it's already the right size, but you can use chipboard and decorate it to suit your tastes, this is also a wonderful way to make mini sketch books. magazines to be bound size 18-20 tesperstry/ribbon embroidery needle heavier weight thread, I use my husband's heavy nylon for leather, hemp would work, something strong though. The covers are 2 seperate piece, the same size or just a bit bigger then your magazines, this book style leaves the "signatures" folds exposed. Hope you enjoy this project!

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Coptic Binding 1 The Coptic stitch is incredibly versatile and is useful for those books which aren’t cased-in or sewn through a leather (or other material) spine. To prevent the holes in the metal from tearing the sewing thread, eyelets are used. Technique Mark, center punch and drill 4 1/8” holes in each piece of metal. (See images 1 and 2) If you are making the soldered ‘Peter Pan’ project, the procedure is the same as follows, but you are also drilling through layers of copper foil tape and solder (NOT glass). Use the eyelet tool and a heavy poly hammer to install eyelets in each hole in both pieces of metal. Now fold all the page of your book. Use the 4 holes in the book covers as a guide to poke holes in the sections of the pages using a hole punching cradle and an awl. While sewing a multiple needle Coptic stitch book you will repeat each step with each needle one at a time before continuing on to the next step. From the inside to the outside of section 1, pull each of the needles out each hole.

Photo Wall Art Display {Home Decor Inspiration} Here at I Heart Faces, our goal is to help you get the most out of your photography. From learning how to use your camera to getting your images off the computer, we want you to be inspired and enjoy your images. Last month we suggested using your photos to create some dynamic wall art displays. We’ve rounded up some more of our favorite ideas from around the web to inspire you to create your very own photo wall art display. Above Photo Credit: Apartment Therapy.com This photo art display was part of a spunky laundry room re-do by Dimples and Tangles. This clean, modern staircase wall treatment by Nicole Begley, one of our lovely I Heart Faces readers, makes a bold statement. We love this whimsical family tree photo wall collage by Poppytalk. Perhaps you are renting or you are concerned about putting too many holes in your wall. This outstanding 3D photo frame collage was featured in a tutorial on In My Own Style. The more the merrier!

TJ bookmaking tutorials Bookmaking tutorial links from around the Web Here are some links to book and box making tutorials from around the web that you might find useful. It is by no means all inclusive and is an ongoing project that I will be updating regularly. If you're interested in making your own flush mount style albums, check out my visual guide here. Also, you check out the bookbinding and equipment tutorials that I have created here. Can't find enough inspiration here? If you have found the information offered on this website useful, please help support it's continuation by making a small donation. Perfect binding: Perfect binding - A unique and interesting way to perfect bind a book by the Go To Guy Perfect binding - A tutorial for perfect binding from Hamish MacDonald Perfect binding - A great tutorial for perfect binding from comic book artist Toby Craig Prints into journals - A nice tutorial for perfect binding from Judy Lee at Five and A Half Hardcover and simple binding: Albums: Popup Books: PopUps

DIY String Art Tutorial I’ve been seeing tons of string art popping up all over the web and decided to try my hand at a piece of my own. I really didn’t want to mess with hammers and cutting wood and all that though, so I used cork board instead. Easy to work with, light weight and cheap! Here’s what you’ll need: {Before I started this project, I unrolled the cork boards and placed a bunch of heavy books on them to straighten them out a bit. Each piece of cork board is only about 1/32″ thick – definitely not enough to hold a nail stable. You can download my template for the word “dream” here. Reinforce the spaces between the “e” and “a” and “m” with some additional tape. Center your template out on your cork board. I really wanted the look of a white background for my string art so I decided to paint the cork. When the paint dried, there was a little bit of buckling of the top layer of cork board and I could see where I had missed spots with my hot glue. Center your template and tape it down. Cork: $26.97

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