I MADE A BOOK
I’ve always loved paper arts like creating stationary and publishing but have never taken it very far. Yesterday I decided to try my hand at bookbinding and came out with a solid finished product. I’m interested in continuing to experiment with bookbinding and even small-scale publishing.
Here’s how I did it:
* Cutting mat
* Acrylic ruler
* Box cutter or exacto-knife
* A needle & thread
* Glue stick
* Rubber cement
* Bone Folder
* 25 sheets of vintage letter paper
* A piece of scrapbook paper
* A cereal box
Some of the materials
Using the acrylic ruler to measure, I cut each sheet in half
Next, each sheet needs to be folding in half individually (yes, this is a pain in the ass but it’s worth it because it is easier to guarantee each sheet is folded perfectly)
Using a bone folder helps make a perfect crease, it will also come in handy later.
Then, take ten sheets and lay them one on top of the other
…And even them out
Next, make a mark in the crease every half inch
Then poke holes with a needle
There will be ten holes total
Next, sew through the holes then go back and sew them the other way. Don’t tie the end of the thread just leave a few inches at the end. It is easier to start on the inside of the crease.
Once you’ve sew it tie the ends together. Just a double knot is fine.
Then fold it back the opposite way so the knot is on the outside instead of the inside.
Crease with the bone folder
Repeat the process until you have five of these
I don’t have a picture of this part but …
the next step is to make sure these are very straight and even, clamp them together with binder clips, and slather the seams together with rubber cement. Keep it clamped while the glue dries. Then, take the clamps off, set it on the table, put a sheet of wax paper over it, then stack on some super heavy text books to press it all together.
While it is pressing under all those heavy books, cut the back off a box of cereal. Then, measure it to to be about 5.5” x 10”. 4.25” in from one end, make a line with the pencil. Then, take the pressed book and line it up with the pencil line, and make another line on the other edge. (So you know the part for the spine will be the right size). Measure 4.25” from the second line and trim the excess.
Using your exacto knife, score the two lines. Don’t cut all the way through.
Bend it so it is book-like
… make sure your book fits. Then, stick the book back under the pile of heavy books to keep it pressed.
Cut a piece of scrapbook paper (something of a heavier weight with a color or design) so it leaves about an inch all the way around your cardboard. Use a glue stick to attach it. Use your bone folder and rub it over the paper to remove any air bubbles.
Cut the corners off and score all around the edges of the cardboard with the bone folder.
fold over the edges, glue, rub with the bone folder. Then, crease the spine. Add rubber cement to the spine, generously but not to close to the top or bottom and wedge in the book. Use a glue stick to attach the first and last page to the cover.
BAM! IT IS A BOOK!
IT STANDS ON ITS OWN
Then, throw it back under the heavy book pile to press it some more so it lays flat.
More books to come!!