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« on: May 01, 2013 07:59:52 AM »

Star books are such a great way to display atcs or photos, and they're not as difficult to make as you might think. Here's how to make a colorful 4 1/2" x 6" book like this one, perfect for spring-themed atcs or whatever you wish.


Supplies Needed
2 pieces of sturdy matboard: 4 1/2" x 6"
2 pieces of cover paper for matboard cover: 6" x 7 1/2"
Black pages, 7 pieces cardstock: 4 1/2" x 12"
Small red filler pages: 14 pieces of cardstock: 4 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Red pages, 7 pieces of cardstock: 4 1/2" x 9"
Cream pages, 7 pieces of cardstock: 6 1/2" x 8"
Beads for spine decoration (optional)
2 yards waxed linen thread
At least 2 feet of ribbon for closure
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Let's start with the cover. Using a glue stick, glue your matboard onto the wrong side of the cover paper you have chosen, and trim the corners as shown. Carefully fold the sides in and glue securely to the back of the cover. Decorate the covers any way you like.


Now, let's fold the first of your pages: the black pages and the small red filler pages. Fold the black pages in half so that you have 7 folded sheets measuring 4 1/2" x 6". Fold the small red filler sheets so that you have 14 folded sheets that are 4 1/2" x 1 1/4". These are the pages that will actually be sewn, with the red papers inside the fold of the black page.

Make a template for your stitching out of tracing paper. Mark the top and bottom of the pages, and make four marks for the holes you will punch. The top and bottom holes (end holes) should be about 1/2" from the edge of the pages, and the two center holes should be about 1 1/2" from the edges. Use this template to punch holes in each of the seven nested signatures with an awl or needle punch. Each signature should have one black sheet, with two of the smaller red sheets nestled within.


Thread your waxed linen with two needles, one at each end. Take the first signature (one black page with two red pages inside) and thread the needles from the inside to the outside through the two center holes. Then cross the needles and thread them back through the center holes towards the inside of the signature. Bring each needle back to the outer spine of the signature through its closest end hole.


Now add the second signature. Thread the two needles through the corresponding end holes to the inside of the second signature from the outside spine, and pull the thread fairly snug. On the inside of this signature, thread each needle through its nearest center hole to the outside of the spine. On the 2nd, 4th, and 6th signature, add beads if desired. Thread them through one needle and then thread the other needle through the beads before going back through the center hole to the inside of the signature. Then, thread the needles back out through the end holes as before. Continue sewing each set of your seven signatures in this way. On the pages that don't have beads, just cross the threads before going back through the center holes.When you have added the last signature, you will end up with the needles on the inside of the pages in the center holes. Tie the threads off with a square knot. Whew! That was the most tedious part.


When the book is closed, you will have six sets of black pages that are back to back. Using a glue stick, carefully glue these six sets together, so that each set makes one page. Set the book under some weights to let it dry.

Meanwhile, fold your remaining pages. Fold the red pages in half so that you have seven 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pages. Fold the cream pages in half for seven  6 1/2" x 4" pages. Fold the 6 1/2" side of the cream paper up two inches to make a pocket. This page should now be 4 1/2" x 4". If you wish, round the corners of the pocket with a corner punch. Then, using a thin doublestick tape, affix tape to the outside edges of the pockets where they will fold up. Attach double stick tape to the outside edges of all the red pages where they will affix to the black.


Attach the taped outside edge of each red page to the outside edge of a black page. Make sure the edges line up well. Press firmly to adhere. When all the red pages have been attached, go back and attach the outside edge of the cream pages to the edges of the red pages in the same manner.


Once all your pages are affixed, attach ribbons to the outer sides of your book block with double stick tape. Glue the covers to the book block, using PVA glue. Make sure that the covers are lined up and the edges are affixed well. Put the book under heavy weights, and allow that glue to dry!

Now you have a beautiful Star book with a beaded spine. Decorate the inside pages and fill it with your favorite little works of art.


You can change the dimensions of the cover and pages to make any size book. Here's one I made with triangular pockets and extra embellishments to hold "Comedians in B&W" atcs.
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2013 08:08:53 AM »

Love it! You are so clever!
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2013 08:22:05 AM »

this is fabulous!  thanks for showing us how to make one...now i need to try it out! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2013 08:31:08 AM »

Wow! These are clever! Such a great creative way to display ATCs, and have them grouped by theme in each book. The comedy one is my fav!

Thank you for the tutorial. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2013 08:45:28 AM »

Thanks for the lesson! 

I love them both, but the comedian one is wonderful!

Is mat board cardboard or heavier?
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2013 08:49:10 AM »

Is mat board cardboard or heavier?

I think you could use cardboard, but mat board is probably a little sturdier and better for this project. It's the dense sort of board that you use to mat artwork before framing. Sometimes, if you have a nice frame store, you can go in and get free scraps, and since you are going to cover the board, it doesn't matter what colors they give you.
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2013 08:50:59 AM »

Thanks...I love the idea of doing this for some of my themed ATC's...Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2013 09:21:17 AM »

I have made these a few times myself but the beading is something I have never seen before!  What a great addition!  Your album is great!  I will probably scraplift this!
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2013 11:02:40 AM »

I love this!!  Thanks so much for the instructions!!
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2013 01:48:29 PM »

This is beautiful, racky!! Thank you for the detailed tutorial. I really want to try this!
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