Wow, I can't believe anyone would want to read this! No offense, I'm touched really, but all my friends just said "cool book..." and then put it down after reading the title page. I haven't published it, but I'm revising a much shorter version of it to submit for publication sometime soon. If you're interested in the topic though, I'd recommend Bernard Bachrach's book Early Medieval Jewish Policy (chapter 1 is on the Visigothic kingdom), and Roger Collins's Early Medieval Spain (there's a chapter on it somewhere in there). If you like primary authors, there's Julian of Toledo's Historia Wambae. And lastly, if you're into illuminated manuscripts, the (somewhat unrelated) manuscript the book's pictures came from is called the Albedense Codex, a lot of which can be viewed online. It has a number of cool drawings. Happy nerdy reading!
Thanks guys! To answer your question, no, the endpages aren't all that's holding it together. I bound all the plain (white) pages together using the coptic stitch. I didn't bother adding tapes or any fancy things because it was my first time binding anything. After binding the pages, I glued a couple strips of paper over the stitches, to make a kind of spine. onto this I glued a square of fabric, which I believe is called a mull. I think the mull is usually stitched in with the binding to make the whole thing more sturdy. Anyways, to attach the pages to the cover I first glued the mull onto the inside covers, then I glued down the first and last pages of my book. I glued the endpages on top of the originally white endpages. So there are 3 things holding the pages onto the cover. Hope that answered your question clearly enough! It seems like everyone has their own slightly different way of binding, I basically just looked at a few youtube videos and combined the various techniques I saw in them.
Wow, with the bows those gifts actually look very elegant. Most wrapping paper is so unnecessary and tacky, it's great when people get creative with wrapping! I miss getting gifts wrapped in the funnies. Maybe for wrapping more adult themed gifts, you could use the section of the newspaper with those sketchy escort service/call girl ads?
I've just finished my hand-bound, self-published book, after many arduous days and hours. I wrote an essay of appx. 14,000 words over the summer and wanted to print it into book form for the novelty factor. For the page formatting and printing, I used this tutorial: http://forum.threadbanger.com/showthread.php?t=7140 The tutorial was immensely helpful, indispensable even, but the text formatting still took me much longer than the rest of the project (except for the research and writing of course). I was going to make a hardback cover out of illustration board covered with fake leather, but hunting down the materials was too much of a pain in my small town. I ended up buying an A6 notebook, cutting out the paper, painting the cover, and binding my pages inside of it. I used acrylic paint for the cover, which I don't recommend because it has a tacky feel to it even though it has dried completely. Next time I will try covering a similar A6 notebook with paper or thin fabric.
Do you mean ideas for a scrapbook or things you can do with the supplies? If you want to make a scrapbook, here are the kinds of things I envision doing one day in the future when I have the time: travel scrapbook, university scrapbook, childhood scrapbook with pictures of my siblings, scrapbook for a close friend. I while ago I made a tiny scrapbook for my boyfriend as part of a birthday present. However, if you're not sure what to do, you may just want to start keeping a general book of ideas/thoughts/etc., kind of like a visual journal in which you put postcards and letters people send you, pictures, cut out articles you found interesting, whatever. Personally I think that would make the most sincere scrapbook, the kind that preserves a real snapshot of what you were up to at a given time. Before I make one of those I have to finish obsessively documenting the first many years of my life! Good luck, I'm sure once you start looking you will have to many ideas to know what to do with.
If, however, you meant that you want to use the scrapbooking supplies for non-scrapbook stuff, then there's really no end to what you could do. Recently I've been using my teeny tiny collection of scrapbook supplies for an academic poster I'm working on - making my own maps traced from ones in books, as the original images aren't large enough for the poster I'm making. You can also use the papers to make collages to frame and hang up. Recently I cut out a picture of the Swedish Chef from the muppets, mounted it on a piece of green paper, framed it, and hung it up in my kitchen to keep me from going insane while washing piles of dishes.
I've bought second copies of certain books that I wanted to rip the pages out of, but didn't want to part with. You can usually find pretty much any paperback that's ever been popular for a reasonable price on amazon.com. Charity shops are useful too, but it's difficult to find something specific in those places, and you usually end up buying loads of things you didn't go in for.
Hi, sorry if my question about inkjet fabric seems a bit redundant, but I figured I'd post this on its own as it's kind of a complicated question.
I want to use some kind of relatively thick fabric to cover up pieces of illustration board in order to make a hardcover for a book I am binding. It's an academic thesis, so I want it to look kind of like an old academic hardcover. I'm trying to decide between 2 different materials. On the one hand I have some green vinyl from the seat of a broken chair, which would look like a nice leather cover. Unfortunately I'm not sure how I would print the title and my name onto the spine and cover, as I'm not sure what kind of paint or ink would be permanent on vinyl and wouldn't flake off.
On the other hand I'm looking into that special fabric you can use in an inkjet printer. I know I could save money and choose more specific fabric by using freezer paper instead, but I'm using someone else's printer and don't want to break it with DIY stuff. Does anyone know if inkjet fabric is available in the thickness I would need to cover a book? Most companies seem to pride themselves in the thin or sheer quality of their fabrics, and I want the opposite! Also, is there a company that makes this fabric in any color other than white? I know I could print a solid color onto it, but ink is just so expensive.
I'm facing a similar dilemma figuring out a way to print the title and my name on the cover and spine of a book I'm planning to bind. I want it to look like a real hardcover academic book, but as far as I know it takes professional equipment and knowledge to do the embossing and gold lettering found on most books. I was going to make my cover with covered illustration board, and use some leathery looking vinyl to cover up the board and make it look like an old fashioned hardback, but I'm not sure how to print decent looking lettering onto the material or what kind of paint/ink I'd have to use.
Anyways, I am looking into using some of the special fabric that you can print onto with an inkjet printer. Hopefully that will work to print the title on to (and use up all my printer ink!!!). I'm not sure though if the fabric is thick enough, so I've emailed the online company that sells it to ask if it would be suitable for my project. I'll let you know if that works out. I know you wanted to stamp directly onto the moleskine cover, but maybe if that doesn't work out you may want to try making a fabric cover of some kind. How nice are those fake moleskines anyway? I've seen them but they're usually wrapped in plastic.
I know most people prefer to organise these things by theme, but I think that's really better left to smaller books. Personally, I think that a scrapbook with no chronological structure wouldn't be the best way to preserve memories coherently, because a few years down the line no one will remember which pictures came from which event or even from which month or year. If I were doing what you are describing, I would start by organising the photos in chronological order, then organise them more thematically for specific pages. Keep the kids together on the pages instead of giving them each their own pages. That way when they look at the book later, they won't just skip over their siblings' pages to get to their own! Really I think the best way to do it is just to collect anything you think you may want to use, organise it loosely into separate piles, and then work on the individual pages. I'm working on a scrapbook right now and I'm really trying to keep it a "scrap"book, i.e. not just a book filled with pretty storebought papers without sentimental value. Hopefully it will make for a more meaningful and less expensive final product!