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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Self-Published Book 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
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / 2 Questions: Printing on vinyl / Inkjet fabric on: August 18, 2009 01:42:15 PM
Hi, sorry if my question about inkjet fabric seems a bit redundant, but I figured I'd post this on its own as it's kind of a complicated question.

I want to use some kind of relatively thick fabric to cover up pieces of illustration board in order to make a hardcover for a book I am binding. It's an academic thesis, so I want it to look kind of like an old academic hardcover. I'm trying to decide between 2 different materials. On the one hand I have some green vinyl from the seat of a broken chair, which would look like a nice leather cover. Unfortunately I'm not sure how I would print the title and my name onto the spine and cover, as I'm not sure what kind of paint or ink would be permanent on vinyl and wouldn't flake off.

On the other hand I'm looking into that special fabric you can use in an inkjet printer. I know I could save money and choose more specific fabric by using freezer paper instead, but I'm using someone else's printer and don't want to break it with DIY stuff. Does anyone know if inkjet fabric is available in the thickness I would need to cover a book? Most companies seem to pride themselves in the thin or sheer quality of their fabrics, and I want the opposite! Also, is there a company that makes this fabric in any color other than white? I know I could print a solid color onto it, but ink is just so expensive.

Hope I made those questions clear enough. Thanks!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Best Paper for Making Books? on: August 11, 2009 02:56:12 PM
I've been inspired by some of the posts here to try making and binding some books. For one project, I intend to make a journal/sketchbook for a friend using some plain paper and some page sets from books I have taken apart. Also, I am currently writing a long article/short dissertation that I would like to bind as a book once I've finished. My intention is to print it to look like a small scholarly book from the 1950s or so, with thick paper, relatively large text, title page, fake copyright information, etc. What I am wondering is where I might find the best paper for these projects. Obviously thin cardstock would be useful, but it is rather expensive and I would preferably like to get larger sheets than A4 or US legal. Does anyone know where the best place (online) would be to look for this, or if there is some special kind of paper with a specific name that I should be looking for? I live in a small town where the shops are tiny and extremely overpriced, so ideally I'd be looking for an online shop that ships to the UK. Any suggestions would be very appreciated!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Travel Scrapbook in Progress (updated with many pictures) 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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