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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Book Binding craftalong on: February 19, 2019 06:42:22 PM
so...what if I bound the magazine journal?   Cheesy

seriously.  I am making a back cover and hard spine for it.  I don't want it to be really floppy, so I'm measuring and cutting my little heart out.

I did post about it in the other -along mentioned, though.   Wink
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Junk Journal-along 2018 - Let's keep on making books! on: February 19, 2019 06:41:25 PM
I'm working on a magazine journal that I found inspiration for on Pinterest.  it's literally using magazines put together and used as really any sort of journal you want.  however, I'm putting a stiff back cover and spine on it to make sure they stay together, and so it's not so floppy while writing in it.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Dragon Egg Dice Bags on: February 19, 2019 06:35:56 PM
I seriously love these.  I'd love to have one.

one thing I have seen made with these scales are scaled arm warmers.  I need a pair SO bad!!!  Cheesy  I've also seen shrugs made with them as well as jewelry.  so many possibilities!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Re: Book Binding craftalong on: February 15, 2019 04:47:41 PM
Certainly the midori style book is a hand bound version. I'm not sure about the magazine journal though, not because it isn't nifty but because there is an active altered book topic on the go already. People have shared a lot of tips, tricks, and projects in this junk journaling craft along which is where I think an altered book or magazine might fit best. I do not in any way mean to be exclusionary about including those here as well, there are many crafts that are cross-posted in their own topic and also a craft-along or two (destashalong, 50 projects in 2019, etc). Only that it's all collected there for that specific technique. I am hoping to add all the book binding specific videos and tutorials people contribute to the first post of this topic for easy access. I hope people will add an image of any books they have made as well as a link to their topics if they have one.

Maimun, I use the title "junk journal" with the highest regard. To me, what others consider junk is usually what I value as treasure, your lovely pages included!

ok.  I'll take that one there then.  but I think I changed my mind about the midori.  maybe.  geez I don't know.  lol.  the more I think about it and look at those pages, the more I'd rather just dive in and do the stitched actual book thing.  we'll see how I feel when I get some more materials together.

I've done the pinhole in the E6000 tube.  it was nice.  until my entire tube ended up hardening.  I had used a good amount of the glue, but there was still a LOT left in it.  I've also purchased the small tubes only to have the caps get glued to the top.  -__-  I've done the same with the big tubes too.  but right now, both (stupidly bought white when I wanted clear then got a clear later) of my big tubes are still usable and not glued shut. *knocks on wood*
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Book Binding craftalong on: February 15, 2019 11:16:25 AM
so.  would my magazine journal qualify?  I just went through and ripped out some pages from my magazines, but I can't go any further.  I kinda forgot to pick up supplies when I was doing my errands the other day.  but I've made some progress...

and now I've put my torn out pages together into signatures so I can use them for another book.  probably a midori type since I'm still nervous about a sewn book.  plus, I don't think I'd be able to see my markings if I tried to mark where to stab the signatures.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Handmade Books on: February 11, 2019 06:33:03 PM
LOL.  good!  I just couldn't believe that "lumpy" was the best I could come up with.  stupid sinus infection!!!

oh yay!!!  let me know how it goes.  and stay warm!

even with some of the drawings and pictures, the stitching still makes no sense.  and then they've got these fancy Xs, zig-zags, and all kinds of things.  I just want something easy that will hold well.  and she accomplished that.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Re: Re: Re: Two little books on: February 11, 2019 11:38:50 AM
I'm not the neatest book maker but I enjoy it and it was daunting at first thinking about the WHOLE book.
So I have to break it down in steps and only concentrate on a piece at a time. 
So in my mind I have it broken down in to these steps and I think of each step as a separate project.  I mostly do junk journals so I feel I have more room in which I can not be perfect which helps with the nervousness.
- gather papers and ephemera
- sort and fold signatures
- go through and add tuck pockets, envelopes/etc and decide if I am doing any machine sewing on the pages
- hand sew signatures
- prep cover/spine
- assemble the book
- finish off (make things look neat, clean up any messes, cover the inside of the book covers)
- embelish/decorate if desired.  This is where I may add some stamping or tags, etc


maybe that's it.  it's a whole BOOK.  that seems so intimidating.  but now I see you going to town, and all these other people are making books like crazy too!  I'll get to it eventually.  just gotta work up to it.

thanks for the tip.  that may help me out once I start making the "scary" books.  it still sounds intimidating now, though.  lol.  but hopefully that will change once I get into making more real journals.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Handmade Books on: February 11, 2019 11:35:10 AM
I have sewn signatures together by machine but then you still need to attach them somehow. I like kettle stitches no more than 2" apart. I want that book to stay tightly bound! You can add glue to the spine too but I haven't done that myself.
I've been using a hard plastic point-turning sewing tool as a bone folder but I am sure there are better things. I'd really love a creasing board with a proper bone folder. If I get more serious about book making I am going to have to get better tools for it I think.
book binding craftalong has been started with a link to a nice simple little starter project, soft cover, single signature with pamphlet stitch. Come and join in!

exactly.  I hadn't quite figured out how to attach machine sewn signatures.  and yes, short stitches for hand stitched.  I'd add glue for the same reason I add glue to some  of my cross stitch, bead weaving, lots of things that involve string; I feel it keeps it from slipping.  and it makes me feel like it's sturdier and more secure.  I just like glue.  lol.  I don't have many sewing tools as I don't sew much (my fanciest tool is a rotary cutter.  lol), so that's not an on-hand option for me, but I'm sure I can find something that will work well enough.  and I'll have a look at that craftalong!

I really like the kettle stitch too.  It looks like it would be easier to keep a steady tension throughout the whole book.

I tend to use double sided tape for most of my sticking together.  I use the big rolls like carpet tape though I've found them at independent dollar stores where I'll buy a ton at a time.

that is a nice looking stitch, isn't it?  I think this will be the one I use.  I also think some of the stitches I was originally seeing were kinda scaring me.  "go in hole 1, come out hole 2, go in hole 5, come out hole 4, go in hole 3, come out hole 2 again, then wrap around the thread all the way down until you reach hole 4, go in hole 4, come out hole 1...".  that's exaggerated, of course, but it sounded that crazy.

now that you mention it, I might look into double sided tape for that magazine journal.  glue does make some paper...lumpy isn't the word I want to use, but I'm hoping you know what I mean.  I use those photo mounting squares for lots of my paper crafting stuff.  it's how most of my ATCs were stuck together.  looks like I'm going shopping tomorrow.  lol

wrinkled.  OMG the word is wrinkled.  WOW.  lol.  my illness really did go to my head.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Handmade Books on: February 10, 2019 07:35:01 PM
I'm not opposed to doing something like that.  I may have a random butter knife I could use.  it would save me the money.

I really like Sea Lemon's tut for the kettle stitch.  it looks nice and sturdy.  some of the stitches I've been seeing look a little flimsy.  one that I saw for a good sized book only used like 4 holes or something.  it left the string too long for my comfort.  I like the smaller stitches.  I mean...I'm almost tempted to sew them with the longest stitch on my sewing machine!  lol.  but that probably wouldn't work with thick stacks of paper.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Re: Two little books on: February 10, 2019 03:30:33 PM
Krafty_Karasu I hear that! I was so nervous too, not really sure why. I guess the idea of actually making a whole entire book freaked me out a bit. LimeRiot posted this very cool brown paper bag journal that I really wanted to try and once I did I was hooked! This video is pretty long but it's the one that finally tipped things for me in terms of finishing with a hard cover. I learned about using the fusible web from her and I love her hidden stitched signatures. Very cool.
edelC has made some very nice journals and gave me great advice. Wulf's done some awesome binding of small books too. Check out their posts for inspiration or, hey, we could start a craftalong? I could use a push to try new things, I default to the same same each time, lol.


maybe that's it.  it's a whole BOOK.  that seems so intimidating.  but now I see you going to town, and all these other people are making books like crazy too!  I'll get to it eventually.  just gotta work up to it.
you have been so super helpful with all of this.  I seriously appreciate it.  for the last two weeks (I'm going on week three here), I've been sick with a stupid ear and sinus infection.  worst I have ever had.  I haven't done anything crafty except put away some stuff I ordered for upcoming projects, put a little paint on a wire wreath form (that I need to finish by Thursday!!!), and cut up the tulle for that wreath.  I've been too wiped out to do anything else.  plus I still have a new video game to play, so crafts are kinda on the back burner for the moment.  I'll be spending a lot of time in the world of Disney/Pixar/Square Enix.  Cheesy  but I'll be researching and getting things together in my free time.  oh yeah...and working.  Roll Eyes  but I'll still be getting ready to take on this new craft!
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