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« on: March 14, 2009 01:42:51 PM »

I am SO excited about this. I've been wanting to try journal/book making for a while and yesterday I bought one of those things that your can poke holes through paper with (it looks like a pen...can someone please tell me the proper name for it?) Anyway, I made this little book this morning. It's not perfect but I'm reallllly proud.

The front. (I forgot to sew around the top and bottom of it. Tongue)

The back...how are you supposed to tie off the ends? I didn't know what to do so I just knotted it twice and tied a bow. Wink


Close up of the stitching...you can barely see the thread!

And some messy corners. Anyone have any tips on how to make them less messy and more finished looking? I made the covers by Mod Podging paper to pieces of paperboard. Next time I think I'll try my double-stick tape because it's less messy and holds better than Mod Podge. Any other advice is greatly appreciated!

« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2009 02:13:27 PM »

its called an awl.

my boyfriend used to work in a pawn shop, and he got me a cheap electric drill/screwdriver.  i bought a small bit at hobby lobby and use that to make holes when i make journals.

your journal is cute too! Smiley
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2009 03:05:02 PM »

One of Martha Stewart's tv guest made a book this week.  get on-line to get the instructions if you need help.  You need to trim the corners before you fold up, creat a mitered corner.  I usa a PVA glue (aka book binding glue).  You will get great results.  Double sided tape isn't a good option since it's not completely flat and you will get odd wear patterns.  Does this make sense?
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2009 03:10:38 PM »

I think you did great for a first time.  All the book making is inspiring me to try it. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2009 05:04:20 PM »

Thanks you guys!

arcticmouse- I thought it was called an awl but I wasn't sure. Smiley

lynner4- I'll have to look on her website to see how she did it. I'll also have to look for some PVA glue. The double sided tape that I have is pretty flat since it's main purpose is for scrapbooking.

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