52 week book challenge: Week 16 – Hardback felt scottie notebooks

Thick felt is brilliant for making small notebooks & is flexible enough for Japanese-bound books but is too floppy to use for both the back & front covers. So I covered board in book cloth & just used the felt for the front cover. I was worried that it would tear at the binding holes so I reinforced the bound edge with a strip of stiffened felt. I cut the scottie dogs from the same stiffened felt, & sewed them on. The brad ‘eye’ is a perfect size.

 

Felt scottie blue

Felt scottie pink

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LifeCare Craft Fair

lifecare poster

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52 week book challenge: Week 15 – 5 1/4 inch floppy disk notebook

Although I am old enough to remember using 3 1/2 inch floppies, I have never used the larger (& truly floppy) 5 1/4 inch disks. Because they are soft, I decided to use one for the front cover & covered board for the back cover. The disk has a round hole in the centre which is perfect for showing a picture from the inside of the book. I knew I had a die cutter which produced a small skull & crossbones which was just the right size to peek out from this hole. I cut the pages from white paper with an extra black one to be the front page. I also found some paper with a funky skulls pattern for the back cover.

5 inch floppy book front

5 inch floopy book inside

5 inch floppy book back

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52 Week Book Challenge: Week 14 – A Batch of Felt Notebooks

I know I have missed a few weeks of this challenge due to life getting in the way of crafting. To make up for lost time, here is a batch of 8 mini felt notebooks. These are to replace those sold at a craft fair at the weekend in time for my next craft fair next weekend.

The ‘Funky Bones’ skulls  seem to be very popular with wee girls so better make more of these, especially in girly colours.

Felt notebooks 1

Felt notebooks 2

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52 week book challenge: Week 13 – Social Media Notebooks

I have a few of these fab retro pictures of facebook, twitter, Skype & You Tube printed onto card. I have used the smaller ones on cards but the larger size is far too big for regular-size cards. The care they are printed on is quite flimsy so I backed them with another sheet of card & cut out a matching size from stardream card for the back cover. I had some small lined notebooks which fitted perfectly. I made one up earlier with a 6 spiral binding which didn’t sit right so I started again with 8 spirals, & that looked better. Since the cards weren’t a standard size, it took a while to work out how to punch 8 holes with the Bind-It-All so I made a template from scrap card so I don’t have to work it out again.

Social media notebooks 1

Social media notebooks 2

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52 Week Book Challenge: Week 12 – Perspex notebook with buttons

A while back I bought some basic black frames for some mixed media pictures I was planning to do (see Gallery / Mixed-media). They came with a sheet of perspex to protect the mounted picture. As the pictures weren’t going to be completely flat I had no need for the bit of perspex. Of course I couldn’t throw it away as “it might come in useful for something someday”.

I thought it would be cool to have a notebook with a completely transparent front cover & was pleased to see that the Bind-it-All punched neatly through it. It looked good but a bit plain so I arranged buttons on it & marked the places of the holes, then drilled  through the marks. I then tied each button on with waxed cotton thread.

Perspex button notebook

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52 week book challenge: Week 11- Dos-a-Dos Spiral Binding

As I have missed a week of this challenge I decided to do a double book this week.

Dos-à-dos binding (from the French meaning “back-to-back”) is a binding structure in which two separate books are bound together such that the fore edge of one is adjacent to the spine of the other, with a shared lower board between them serving as the back cover of both.

I like the idea of a book with lined pages of one side & plain pages on the other. Since I had a stash of  both plain & lined A5 paper to hand I decided to bind them  in a dos-a-dos fashion with a spiral binding. I made the covers slightly wider than I would have done for a single book so that the spirals on both sides wouldn’t interfere with the pages.

Dos-a-dos binding 1

Dos-a-dos binding 2

Dos-a-dos front

Dos-a-dos lined side

Dos-a-dos back

Dos-a-dos plain side

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52 week book challenge: Week 10 – Wallace & Gromit mini spiral notebooks

During another charity shop rummage I found a set of Wallace & Gromit playing cards. They were slightly bigger than average playing cards & had nice jolly pictures on them – perfect notebook material. I had some cheap mini notepads which were gum-bound along the top edge, which matched the cards in size perfectly. This was a bonus as I hate lots of tricky measuring. While the notepads were still intact I rounded the corners of the notepads to match the round corners of the playing cards, with my new toy – the Paper Gator. This is a powerful piece of kit which can cut through multiple sheets of paper, card, chipboard etc like a hot knife through butter. Snapped up from another charity shop for a bargain price. I then punched holes for the binding spirals & cut a new back cover from stardream card. I then separated the sheets & re-bound them with the Bind-it-all.

Wallace & gromit mini notebooks 1

Wallace & Gromit mini notebooks 2

Wallace & Gromit mini notebooks 3

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52 week book challenge: Week 9 – Krazy Kreature Notebooks

Another busy week at work, so here is another ‘one 1 made earlier’.During an afternoon browsing charity shops for other people’s ‘junk’ that can be used to make books or, my other passion, junk jewellery I came across a small tin which contained a card game for young children. I had never heard of the game, but I could immediately see the potential in the brightly coloured cards with pictures of crazy-looking creatures. I had some plain notebooks picked up on a previous shopping trip. The cards themselves were just a bit too small for covers so I mounted them on some stardream card. I separated the paper sheets & used the Bind-It-All to punch holes in them for the binding & voila! – a set of jolly notebooks.

Krazy Kreature notebooks

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52 week book challenge: Week 8 – Stapled Pamphlets

When making cards I like to make sure embellishments are well-attached. I often sew them on or use staples, which can themselves become embellishments. How frustrating it is when a staple would make the perfect embellishment, but the perfect place to put it is just too far into the card for the stapler to reach. I have had a long-reach stapler on my wish-list for some time now. Imagine my joy, when browsing the charity shops to find, lurking at the back of a shelf, a long-reach stapler for the princely sum of £2.

I roughly tore some A4 sheets into quarters & folded each piece in half &  used 12 folded sheets to make a signature. I had a block of patterned card that I have had since I first started card-making many moons ago. Although I liked the colours & patterns, it never seemed to ‘go’ with any project I made. Never throw paper away. It will always be useful for something someday.The size of the sheets was perfect to make covers for my signatures. The addition of 3 staples from the aforementioned long-reach stapler transformed them into nice, simple to make, wee books.

Stapled pamphlets

Stapled pamphlet spines

Stapled pamphlet inside

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