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« on: September 16, 2006 07:18:56 PM »

I've been making books for quite a while and just started having this problem where my cover has little tiny rips at the fold. I've done everything I can think of to make it not happen. I've made my cover in three pieces, front, back, and spine with a gutter to accomodate the fold, bone folding, not bone folding. Anyone have any suggestions on how to keep this from happening?

oh, I am using regular scrapbook paper and it's happened with several different brands.

Here are some photos.

Chubby Pixie
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2006 09:51:12 AM »

Have you tried making your gutters wider?
Do you use endsheets?

I love the way you bind your books.  I work for a company that makes books and we often make sample books or small runs by hand.  I'd be interested to see how you construct the inside.

« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2006 02:57:54 PM »

I will work on another one tonight and make my gutters wider, I made them 1/16" on this book, maybe an 1/8" would fix it, but it seemed really wide when I was laying it out. I will take some pictures to show you also. Thanks for the suggestion.
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2006 02:01:30 PM »

i am sure this is a ridiculous question, but is the paper fully dry when you start binding? i had that problem last night and it was bc i was too excited to wait...otherwise, have you tried using fabric?

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Chubby Pixie
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2006 03:55:20 PM »

Another thing I forgot to mention was paper grain.  The grain of the paper should run along the spine.  Folding paper across the grain can cause cracking. I know we've had problems with that before.  Good luck! Smiley
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2006 06:25:29 PM »

i am sure this is a ridiculous question, but is the paper fully dry when you start binding?

I never wet my paper. I just use super 90 spray adhesive or rubber cement if i'm to lazy to go outside and use the spray. We used wheat paste and PVA in my book binding class last semester and I thought it was a hassle because it just made the paper wrinkle and it was so much work to smooth it out. Plus, it was messy.  Super 90 is a much easier solution.
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2006 06:39:59 PM »

Okay, here's how I put my covers together for a long stitch book.

sorry about the excessive blur in the middle picture.

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