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1  Self-Published Book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Samanpka on: October 06, 2009 11:21:38 AM
I've just finished my hand-bound, self-published book, after many arduous days and hours. I wrote an essay of appx. 14,000 words over the summer and wanted to print it into book form for the novelty factor. For the page formatting and printing, I used this tutorial: http://forum.threadbanger.com/showthread.php?t=7140
The tutorial was immensely helpful, indispensable even, but the text formatting still took me much longer than the rest of the project (except for the research and writing of course). I was going to make a hardback cover out of illustration board covered with fake leather, but hunting down the materials was too much of a pain in my small town. I ended up buying an A6 notebook, cutting out the paper, painting the cover, and binding my pages inside of it. I used acrylic paint for the cover, which I don't recommend because it has a tacky feel to it even though it has dried completely. Next time I will try covering a similar A6 notebook with paper or thin fabric.

Marbled endpapers:

Sample chapter heading:

Thanks for looking! There are more pictures on my blog post: http://samanpka.blogspot.com/2009/10/i-wrote-book.html
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2  Travel Scrapbook in Progress (updated with many pictures) in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by Samanpka on: August 04, 2009 07:14:04 PM
Hi, I just thought I'd share some images of my travel scrapbook, which is in the early stages of development. I haven't made a scrapbook since my pre-teen days, so any tips would be appreciated. I intend to write a lot on most of these pages, which explains the many blank spaces!

Front Cover:

Silly title page:

The next two pages face one another, pictures from the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum:

Background for pictures of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland:

The next pages are all from Berlin, and the first two face each other:

So far my only page for Munich:

Sets of facing pages for Florence - the colours are all wrong, really the orange should be yellow and the grey/green on the later 2 pages should be blue:

The picture of the Ponte Vecchio bridge was adapted from something I found online, but unfortunately I forget the website.

So far my only page for Rome:

I printed the background off of http://www.scrapbookscrapbook.com/travel-italy.html which contains lots of useful images, although the European travel images were the only ones I really liked.

Houses in Amsterdam made out of cut paper. The cardstock is slightly bowed in this picture, but will look better once it's flattened against the page I hope.

Cut paper images of an oil lamp and nargile, to be used with pictures from Istanbul:

Thanks for looking!
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