Pub: Lark Books,U.S.
This title features beautiful bookbinding projects from the master Erica Ekrem. It combines traditional techniques with a stylish aesthetic, using the popular upcycling trend. It is suitable for all skill levels and tastes. Bind a book beautifully, with these charming and stylish projects from bookbinder extraordinaire Erica Ekrem. With her novel approach to traditional techniques, and the use of repurposed materials, Ekrem has devised creative fun for book artists of all levels. You can choose from three categories: Vintage, Nature, and Leather. You can make books from mason jars and seashells, a classic leather-bound photo album, and other works of art.
If like me you love paper, and books, then this will be of enormous interest to you.
Handmade books, no matter how small can be every expensive. Bound gives you all the information needed to create your own beautiful books with minimal effort.
Leather, Paper, even Mother Nature gives you something with to make and wonderful and original construction which can showcase your photographs, hold on to your memories or leave empty and give as an ideal gift.
Easy to follow instructions and inspiring ideas and designs will enable you to learn new skills and develop something exquisite.
I loved the Mason Jar idea, it is quirky and imaginative. Pressed flowers and buttons are all used to encourage and induce individuality and inventiveness.
This is a book of wonder and imagination. It would make a wonderful gift, and I imagine hours of fun for every age group. Even small children with a little help can make their own book of vision.
I decided to make a ‘Junk Journal’
I decided my book should be 5 1/2 x 8 inches.
I gathered my papers, both patterned and plain for my pages and cut them to size. I wanted them to be random sizes but made sure they were no larger than my book size..
You need roughly 4 or 5 pages per ‘signature’. A signature is a section a book. These need to be stitched in, so it’s best not to make them to big.
For the cover I cut two pieces of thicker paper 12 x 8. I glued them together (wrong sides together) and ‘scored’ them at 5 1/2 and 6 1/2 inches. This leaves a 1 inch middle for the binding. Make sure it is completely dry before the next step.
The next step is sewing the ‘Signatures’ into the book.
Mark the spine at 4 points.. 1/8 3/4 5/8 7/8 and the same at the other end. Draw lines down your spine to connect these points.
Down the center of your spine.. mark at 1, 2.5, 4, 5.5, and 7 inch. At these points on each of the 4 lines you will need to pierce a small hole with a sharp darning needle.
Now add the pages by marking the center of the ‘signatures’ with the same 1, 2.5, 4, 5.5 and 7 inch marks.
These pages need to stitched in.Starting from the middle hole, match the ‘signatures’ to one per line. I used embroidery thread and a back stitch. Start and finish in the middle of the pages and tie with a tight knot.
Once all the ‘signatures are stitched you will have a beautiful hand made notebook.
This is how your spine will look..
My finished book..
Happy crafting x
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