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« on: June 03, 2008 05:44:57 PM »

I've been so into making books this past month! I don't know what it is about this craft, but I just can't get enough of it. And it's led to... this:

The whole lot of them.

My travel journal for my upcoming trip to Japan. I don't know why, but I used lots of differently colored paper in this one. I also had to burn the edges of the closure, because I was an idiot and didn't realize that bias tape would fray so much.

Toile book for my grandmother-- her entire house is decorated with this stuff! I need to find a better way to layer the fabric, so that you can't see all the edges.

Manly book! Haha, or at least my attempt at one. I tried a different way of doing the corners on this one-- it looks better but is very bulky. Hmm. The spine was also way too bulky because of the first layer of upholstery fabric.

The first one I made, before I knew that my signatures were only supposed to be about five pages... this one is kind of embarrassing ^^; The pink fabric is all wrinkly and the brown isn't cut straight.

Big, plain sketchbook for my sister. I'm not sure why it looks curved in the picture.. it's straight irl Smiley There's mostly white paper with colored paper for charcoal in the last two signatures. My binding still needs a lot of work, obviously.

So that's the beginning of my bookmaking craze! I'm trying to improve my neatness with things like cutting the pages and binding them together. Since school is out now, I need to buy a big cutting board... hmm...

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2008 05:57:23 PM »

wow, those really look great.  i'm not normally a fan of toile but it actually looks fabulous on your book. great pick for the g-ma Wink

« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2008 06:00:35 PM »

These are really beautiful, you've inspired me to have a go!

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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2008 06:03:35 PM »

those are great!  Do you just use regular cardboard under the fabric for your covers, or something special?  They look very professional.

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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2008 06:10:09 PM »

They look all fantastic! Just amazing! I want to make some awesome journals for myself and others' {birthday's are comin' up with Christmas!} <33

Was there a specific tutorial you used at all? And did you use fabric for all of the covers?

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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2008 06:49:29 PM »

Those are beautiful. I really like the striped one and the floral ones. I bet all the recipients will just love them.

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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2008 08:15:15 PM »

i'm wisting these. SOOO beautiful!

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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2008 12:37:10 AM »

Those are all gorgeous!  I haven't used much in the way of fabric for my covers and yours are so beautiful that I'm tempted to try now Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2008 04:16:24 PM »

those are great!  Do you just use regular cardboard under the fabric for your covers, or something special?  They look very professional.

thanks Smiley I use davey board for my covers, because it's a nice weight and pretty inexpensive-- just make sure to press your cover very well after you glue the fabric/paper to it, because it will curl! I'm trying to find a board that won't curl after glue.

They look all fantastic! Just amazing! I want to make some awesome journals for myself and others' {birthday's are comin' up with Christmas!} <33

Was there a specific tutorial you used at all? And did you use fabric for all of the covers?

thank you (and books are awesome gifts!) My art teacher actually showed me how to make these, so I didn't use a tutorial, but http://curiouslycrafty.wordpress.com/tutorials/ this is pretty similar to how I made mine. And all of the books except for the cherry blossom ones are made with fabric for covers-- upholstery fabric is great for books!

thanks for all the love, guys! this is my first post on craftster and you've made me feel very welcome Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2008 02:40:57 PM »

I like those. I fell prey to the bookmaking bug a while ago. Tongue There's just something relaxing about making a book. Smiley

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