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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52 week book challenge: week 7 – Mini origami Notebook

I was inspired to make this book after seeing a video link on Pinterest to a You Tube video by Paperkawaii on how to make a mini modular origami notebook. In the video she used 6″ square paper sheets to make a really tiny book. I used A4 sheets. I will be trying this with other sizes to see how the books come out.

Mini origami notebook

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52 Week Book Challenge: week 6 – Coptic-bound Mint Sauce Book

Unfortunately I have had a really busy week at work (my real job) so a slight cheat this week with a ‘here’s one I made earlier’.

See post from 21st April t014 – Mint sauce – Coptic Bound

Spine detail

Spine detail

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52 Week Book Challenge: Week 5 – Mini Pamphlet Stitch Notebooks

Pamphlet stitch was the first true bookbinding stitch I learned. It is a simple 3-hole stitch. In pads of scrapbook paper / card there are always a few patterns that, although very nice, never seem to fit into any project. These were perfect for these notebooks as they didn’t have to match with anything else.

Mini pamphlet notebooks

Mini pamphlet notebooks spines

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52 Week Book Challenge. Week 4: Coptic-Bound Lego Book

16 x 16 pin square Lego baseplates make perfect sized notebooks. The only problem being that at 5″ square they make for some awkward paper trimming. That was until I found 10″ square artists drawing pads. These are easily cut in half to make signatures, or quarters for spiral bound notebooks.

For this book I folded 6 signatures & used Coptic stitch to bind them to the Lego covers. Although the finished book looks great from the outside, I am not entirely happy with it. I wanted the decorative Coptic stitch to stand out so I used 1mm  thick red waxed cotton thread. It does make the stitching stand out but it was a bit thick to go through the holes in the paper easily & the knots were very bulky. (Note to self : I really must learn how to tie a ‘weavers knot’). Also I slightly underestimated the amount of thread so I ran out at the start of the last signature & had to join a new thread with a bulky knot. Never mind, I can always unpick it & start again. Practice makes perfect.

Coptic lego book

Coptic lego book open

 

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52 Week Book Challenge. Week 3: Leather Long-Stitch Journal

I have collected a few offcuts of leather over the years. This piece was exactly the right size to make an A6 wrap-around long-stitch journal. I found a flower-shaped button that perfectly matched the thread I used to bind it.

Leather Long-Stitch journal

Leather Long-Stitch Journal inside

Leather long-stitch spine

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