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« on: July 07, 2012 08:58:34 PM »

MINI-BOOK BOOKMARK TUTORIAL



Okay, so a while back I made a set of these bookmarks for the Bookmark Swap.  They hit my love-of-miniatures spot, so I mass-produced another set and decided to take photos of the process, for tutorial fodder, of course.



The process looks super hard, but really is simple, once you get the hang of it.  (Okay, so maybe I'm crazy.)

So, here goes!

MATERIALS NEEDED (A better idea can be gotten of these materials with a scan through the tutorial):
  • Unwanted hardcover children's book, thin.
  • Thin paper, for the book's cover.
  • Paper, for the end-papers.
  • Paper, for the book's signatures.
  • Aleene's craft glue (or equivalent)
  • Scissors
  • Optional, but desirable: a papercutter
  • Binder clip
  • Push pin
  • Sturdy sharp Needle
  • Sturdy thread
  • Ribbon, same width as the spine of the children's book.
  • Ribbon, thinner, for the mini-book's bookmark.


STEPS:

1. Cut a sufficiently thin (unwanted) children's book into mini-books.  Now, being the lazy person I am, I just couldn't help doing this with my gigantic miter saw.  (Please notice that in this photo, I used a big chunk of wood to hold the book in place during the cutting process, so as to not lose a finger to the craft gods.)  But of course this step can be done by hand with a tool like an X-acto.  (You won't need the cut-off leftovers.)








2. Separate the interior pages/end papers from the hardcover bookboard.  (You won't need these interior pages/end papers for anything more; they can be trashed or stashed.)



3. Trim the rough corners of the bookboard, if any.



4. Glue the bookboard to a new cover (thin sheet of any color paper you like).



5. Trim the new cover (as shown in photo).



6. Complete gluing/folding new cover in place.





7. Fold new cover.



8. Press the front and back covers together creating a crease.



9. Measure the depth of the mini-book cover, double that number and subtract just a touch (to make up for wanting the interior pages slightly smaller than the cover).



10. Cut a test signature (By cutting a page or several as wide as the measurement you just made, and a little shorter than the cover is tall.) and fold it in half.



11. Test your signature inside your cover and make adjustments as necessary before mass-producing signatures in the size you want.



12. Cut the front and back end papers.  (These will be the same size as a single folded sheet of your signature pages.)



13. Poke holes in the end paper/signatures' folded edge.  (In a stack that goes: front end paper, signatures, back end paper.)  (I've anchored them together with a clip so they don't move.)





14. Sew them together. (In a stack that goes: front end paper, signatures, back end paper.)  The stitching doesn't really matter, as it won't show; the only requirement is that each hole is used and that the stitching only wrap around the folded part of the signatures (as shown in the photo).






15. Open the end papers only, creating a crease.



16. Make sure you have the following on hand for the final steps of this process:
  • completed cover
  • completed book signature
  • ribbon the width of the spine of the book, and the length you want your bookmark ribbon to be
  • two short ribbon lengths
  • thinner ribbon for the mini-book's bookmark




17. Glue the long bookmark ribbon into the spine of the book.




18. Fold the two shorter lengths of ribbon in half, glue them, and paste them into the book.









19. Glue the mini bookmark into the book, on the side, as shown.





20. Verify that the mini-bookmark will be long enough to pass through the books pages.



21.  Glue the signatures into the book by pasting the end papers only.





22. Carefully close the book and make any necessary adjustments in the signature's location to allow it to close.  (I find that often just holding the book closed will cause the end papers to stretch or contort enough to make up for the slight imperfections of the construction process.)





23. Trim mini-book's bookmark to length.



24. Admire your amazing work!







 Grin Grin Grin  Thanks for looking!   Grin Grin Grin
Any comments and criticism are welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2012 09:26:05 PM »

these are beautiful!!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2012 09:34:15 PM »

What a great idea! And how fun and personal for those book-lovers (like myself) in our lives...  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2012 09:52:07 PM »

Um, this is awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2012 09:57:07 PM »

Holy cow, this is really cool!
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2012 10:26:16 PM »

nice tute, gotta try this!
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2012 10:30:59 PM »

This is so cool and interesting. You've really made it look so simple and easy and I know it's not. I was glued to the to do pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2012 12:11:08 AM »

may I say, your work is totally inspiring!
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2012 02:00:02 AM »

I'll ask my sister-in-law if her kids have messed up any children's books with markers / by tearing pages recently. Can't ruin a perfectly good book, but sometimes, the kids can be a bit destructive. (Only a bit, mind you, they're generally angels!) This is really cool, I've pinned it!
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Wow! These are amazing! Thank you so much for the tutorial ^_^
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« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2012 05:33:43 AM »

Oh my, lots of work but really amazing!

Love those little books! Thanks so much for sharing and a BIG thanks for making a tutorial!  Kiss
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« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2012 06:36:09 AM »

Wow, everyone!  Unexpected positive response!   Cheesy  Thank you!

This is so cool and interesting. You've really made it look so simple and easy and I know it's not. I was glued to the to do pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Oh, so glad it looks simple---because it actually is quite simple.  Most craftsterers would probably already know these skills, and what they don't know, can be faked---because the process is really as simple as the pictures make it out to be.

It just takes a bit of time---hopefully the learning curve is smaller because of the photos I took.  Personally, I always make several at once, because assembly lining the processes makes it go faster.

PS.  These are great gift ideas...My sister LOVED her book and went absolutely wild when I gave it to her.
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« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2012 08:00:27 AM »

This is so clever and well done. Thank you for the great tutorial also.

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« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2012 08:53:19 AM »

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Love  this. Also tagged 'tutorial' and 'bookmark'

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« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2012 12:22:13 PM »

Wow, wideeye!  What an awesome tutorial!!!  I'm absolutely in love with those tiny book bookmarks!!!
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« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2012 10:05:07 AM »

Its so great you made a tutorial.  Especially since you have a way of deconstructing and making the process look,... well... possible!  I have a mini book bookmark already that I love, (thank you! Wink) but I'm pinning this right away.  For future mini bookmaking or just because there's probably lots of people on pinterest that would love to make their own little book or little book bookmark.  Thanks for "tutorializing"!
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Oh my, what a cute idea! I love the tiny books. Great tutorial too!
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« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2012 06:41:39 PM »

This is a great tutorial! You make it look so straightforward. I especially like the fact that you stitched the signatures properly - I would never have thought of that for such a tiny book.

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« Reply #20 on: August 12, 2012 01:03:13 PM »

awwww.... these are so cute! Love to make a few for me and my friends. Fortunately I have lots of bookboard lying around (I did a bookbinding course a few years ago), I hate cutting up old books Wink A bit more work, but lots of fun. Bookbinding is so cool, and I think that lots more people will discover that, thanks to your tutorial! Cheesy
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I only WISH I could be that innovative! This is SO COOL!
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THis simply rocks..  Grin Grin
m trying this rite now.. glu finished so m surfing the net until the driver brngs it frm the bookstore..
i wanted to knw how many pages hv u made in ur book mark..?? jst curious..
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« Reply #25 on: October 03, 2012 07:42:12 AM »

Oh, wow!  I didn't know anyone would ever try this!   Grin

In this case I made three signatures of four bifolios each.  (A bifolio is a single sheet folded in half to make two leaves.)  It would, of course, depend on the width of individual binding what would be a good number in your case.  Smiley

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Making minature books is a bit of an obsession of mine, but tuning them into bookmarks... pure genius!  Thank you so much for adding fuel to the already blazing fire!  Grin
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this is awsome im going to
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It'd be super awesome to see your work.  When you get done, just let us know where you've posted it by putting a link here!  Smiley
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Those are amazing!  Grin I might have to make some!
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