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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make-A-Friend Swap Gallery on: May 06, 2008 03:00:54 PM
I got my last package from Pinksparklystars yesterday and here is my loot!

a very fun wooden purse with felt flowers and buttons (!)

a cute purse that I get to take part in the crafting of! I get to put the handles on since the craft store was always out of handles until the very last minute. And a change purse witha very cute button

Some lovely beads, polymer clay cameras, and a very fun book

Two inflatable beach can-holders and a very fun magazine page envelope.
Thanks so much pinksparklystars, this has been fun!
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bookmaking - "Buttonhole Stitch" Binding tutorial on: May 06, 2008 02:16:23 PM
Okay...to clear this up for you FeeSewBug after the first signature you bring your thread over the spine and go inside the second signature and out through the holes. You always bring your thread out from the inside of the signatures.

And this book has eight signatures, and each signature is two sheets folded. But you can make it have as many signatures as you want and as many pages in each signature as you like (I was using a slightly thicker drawing paper that when folded together didn't nest very tightly.)
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bookmaking - "Buttonhole Stitch" Binding tutorial on: April 26, 2008 08:45:44 AM
I am so glad you all find it so helpful! Happy bookmaking!
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make Me a Journal Swap on: April 23, 2008 10:47:37 AM
Well fellow bookmakers, I have put together a tutorial for the Buttonhole Stitch Binding over in the Papercrafts section
I hope it is easy to understand, trying to describe how to tie a knot is kind of hard!
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Bookmaking - "Buttonhole Stitch" Binding tutorial on: April 23, 2008 10:42:14 AM
This binding technique is in Keith Smith's book Volume I Non-Adhesive Binding: Books Without Paste or Glue...I'm giving credit where credit is due. This is a book that is completely glueless and you need paper for the pages, a cover (paper, cardboard, etc.), and string for the binding, I use waxed linen. Also a ruler, X-acto knife, bone folder, and large needle (pointy is better for poking the holes) are helpful tools.
This is the finished look of the binding...just so you know what you are getting into.

You start with signatures of your paper, any size you want but they must be folded in half, along with your cover paper cut to size, it should be the same height as your filler paper because of the way the string wraps around the top and bottom. The cover paper should be as long as your pages and the width of the spine, I have made this cover longer so that it folds in and makes the cover stonger, also I added a decorative piece to go around the middle.

You need to measure how thick your signatures will make the spine

and then mark it on the cover paper, I have also scored with a bone folder where I am going to make the folds around the pages.

Next you mark where to cut for the hole, it should be about 1/3 of the spine.

Use an X-acto knife to cut the hole making sure to leave the paper to make flaps (this will make it stronger)

Do the same with your decorative paper.

I have cut the holes larger for more interesting detail.

Fold your cover and place your signatures inside, make sure everything fits and mark where the hole is on the folded edges of the signatures.

Take the signatures out and mark the spots on a scrap piece of paper that is folded and the same height as your book paper, you will use this as a guide to punch needle holes in the folds of the signatures.

Once you have punched all the holes you are ready to start tying the signatures in

 you start with a length of waxed linen (I'm sure other string would work but I prefer waxed linen), tie a knot in the end that won't pull through the hole.

Put the needle through the hole from the inside of the signature and through the hole in the cover,

 on this first one you will then loop over and go back through the SAME hole

then to tie the knot send the needle through between the string and the book going toward the LEFT.

You have made a loop to the right of your string, send your needle through this loop coming from the RIGHT and going toward the LEFT again, pull tight but not so tight you tear the paper.

Bring your string through the inside of the next signature so that you are pulling the needle through the outside and repeat the knot until you reach the last one. On the last signature tie the knot and go back through the SAME hole to the inside, if you have enough string left you can then go through the other second hole and start binding on the other end or you can tie it off so the string doesn't back through the hole.

You repeat the process on the other end, except that the knot is backward, you put your needle between the binding string and the book going from LEFT to right

Then you send your needle through the loop from LEFT to right and pull tight.

Repeat until you run out of signatures and tie off the end.

If you have done a decorative strip and it is too short like mine

here is how I made sure it would stay in place without any glue

Trace around the corners after you have lined it up in the place you want it

Cut along the diagonals (if the cover is folded, unfold first so you don't cut through both layers...I have almost made this mistake being excited to be finished)
And tuck the corners in.

And there it is, finished! You can do lots of different covers, even hard backed covers, put in pockets, use different papers, anything you want.
If anything is confusing, let me know and I will try to clear it up!
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make Me a Journal Swap on: April 22, 2008 01:50:04 PM
It is the button hole binding and it is indeed completely glueless.
I just tried to write out how to do this binding but realized it was far too confusing without photos, so I will put together a tutorial...if anyone is interested.
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make Me a Journal Swap on: April 17, 2008 06:23:25 AM
The instructions for the buttonhole stich binding are in the book Volume I Non-Adhesive Binding: Books Without Paste or Glue by Keith Smith. I tried to find the instructions on the binding elsewhere on the internet but came up with nothing, but it is definately in that book
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make Me a Journal Swap on: April 16, 2008 02:12:46 PM
I just got my package from carrieme!... and she totally spoiled me. So here are my photos of my lovely new journal!

she packaged everything in the lunchbox that she decorated

this is the journal with a very cute lime giant paperclip bookmark

a close up of the buttons and the little bird, oh so cute (I love, love the buttons)

And this was carrieme's first attempt at making a book, well done her!

a close up of the clip and she even put paper in the pen and made it all cute
Thank you so much carrieme! It was so great of you to angel for me.

These are the photos I took of the journal I sent to Crimp, I used the buttonhole stitch binding and can't seem to find a photo of the spine, anyway, the spine has a hole in the middle third that gives you a peek at the paper and the binding string is tied around the signatures and the spine on the outside...

front cover

I used an old map, drawing paper, and some handmade paper for the pages

19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make-A-Friend Swap Gallery on: April 03, 2008 09:29:56 AM
I recieved from pinksparklystars yesterday, and here is what my postman brought me...
A lovely decoupage decorated shadow box (I'm pretty sure I'm going to put jewelry in it)

A decoupaged photo album

One decoupaged photo frame and one I can decorate myself!

An earring holder (that is already being put to use)

Waterballoons and a Magic Date Ball

And a herd of glow in the dark dinosaurs (I think I'm going to hide them in the dark places in my apartment to surprise my roommates)

20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make Me a Journal Swap on: March 18, 2008 07:43:01 AM
Mines arrived!!!

Its is completely and utterely gorgeous!! Thank you so much Photog_in_plaid its exactley what I would have picked for myself and it is so beautifully made, my friend was there when it arrived and is green with envy, I shall post pictures up soon!

L xx

I am so glad it has arrived! And I'm so sorry it has taken me so long to respond to this, I went out of town for a weekend that ended up being a week away from the internet.
I am still anxiously awaiting my journal, but I am very glad you got yours and you are pleased!
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