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1  Two months of bookbinding in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by idrinktea on: August 26, 2007 12:50:17 PM
Learning to bind took over my summer. This is not even close to half of the books I made but I've been giving them away as fast as I make them so here are pictures of what is left.

Everything lying flat. Hurrah!

I like these tinies. They're about 4.5x5.5. Sewn, about 100 pages each with matboard and japanese paper for the covers.

This one has regular cardstock for the cover. I wanted something small to use for a reading list. Also 4.5x5.5. I stitched this using the Moleskine Reloaded tutorial.

These are by far my favourites. I've spent the past two months learning about bookbinding at a bindery in Berkeley. These are my basic beginner books (though seriously, the thicker one took a month). I got to make them all the way from folding to making the paste grains  for the cover. Sewn. With Davey board, book cloth, two different paste grains, mull, binding tapes...the works. These books fill me with so much joy, I cannot wait to use them.

I've got pictures of the books I made for the Everything Harry Potter swap as well but I'll save those till my partner posts pictures in the gallery Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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2  Tutorial: Store-all folder in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by idrinktea on: July 12, 2007 11:54:32 PM
This is my second ever attempt at one of these folders, and my first at a tutorial. I hope its helpful. I tend to be extremely wordy and didn't really prune this. I apologize in advance.

Heres the finished product:

And before I launch into it...

A note on grain:
I am almost certain that every piece of paper/card/board I used in this folder was short grained. Especially when using copious amounts of white glue, Ive found that having the grain run in the same direction makes for less wrinkles.

And a note on glue:
I used Elmers Glue-all but I also cheated and used a glue stick when I was pasting flaps on paper down because my gluing skills are pretty substandard and I was cheating. Try not to go with the glue stick, it isnt quite as permanent as the white glue.

This includes:
-   Three pieces of mat board. Two pieces measure 9x12, the spine for my folder was 1.5x12.
-   Two pieces of card that measure 5x9 for the inner pockets. This should not be as thin as regular cardstock but should not be as thick as mat board either. I included a picture comparing the thickness further down.
-   A sheet of decorative paper to cover it up
-   A sheet of contrasting paper to cover the insides. I used rather heavy black paper (not pictured) but I dont think the weight matters a whole lot.
-   A craft knife and cutting mat.
-   A ruler. The set square is optional, it just makes right angles easier to draw
-   A pencil.
-   A bone folder (or a popsicle stick, or your nails, whatever works for you)
-   A brush for the glue (or your fingers will work too)
-   Glue! I used Elmers Glue-All and a Rite Aid glue stick (latter also not pictured). You dont really need the glue-stick. I used it because I am lazy.
-   A bunch of heavy books.
-   Scissors are helpful too

Okay! Lets get started.

Cut a piece of the decorative paper that is large enough to cover all three pieces of mat board (see above). Lay the pieces of mat board on it such that
a)   They run in a straight line. I did this by drawing a line in pencil about an inch from the bottom and setting them out on it, and
b)   They are all 1/8 of an inch apart. Im told 1/8 inch is enough to let it swing at a right angle. 3/16 will give you greater swing but thats all up to you. I used 1/8.
Once youve arranged them to your satisfaction, go ahead and glue them in place. Make sure you flip it over and use your bone folder to iron out any wrinkles because wrinkly paper looks shoddy. Once youve done that, pull out that handy pair of scissors and chop the corners off the paper to better facilitate the next round of gluing. You dont need to get too close to the mat board.

I like to fold the edges over the mat board before I start gluing anything in place. I also like to begin by gluing the shorter flaps over. In reality, it doesnt matter which you glue in place first as long as all the flaps get glued down neatly.

Yay! Flaps in place!

Grab that sheet of contrasting paper. Cut it to a size that will fit the entire inside of the folder. I chose to have mine measure about 11x18.5 (an inch less on either side than the dimensions of the folder lying flat).

Check that its the right size and glue it on very carefully. To do this, try to work slowly and keep in mind that the whole structure is going to fold. You can see that mine has a giant air bubble in the spine its there because I forgot about the folds. Try to glue the paper down over one of the pieces of mat board and then use the bone folder to score in the fold and press it down before gluing it to the spine. Before you move from the spine to the second large piece of board, score and press down into the second fold. When youre done it should look like the picture above, only neater.

The pockets within come next.

Heres my not so awesome attempt to compare the thickness of the folder to the cardboard I used for the pockets. The latter is much more flexible.

You should have two pieces of cardboard measuring 5x9 inches. On each you want to draw a line one inch from the bottom and one from the side - an inch from the left for one pocket; from the right for the other.
Draw these lines in and then cut out the square inch that overlaps.
Score along the lines you just drew and fold the flaps inward.

Now fold both the flaps in and turn it around. One flap will fold in more easily than the other, in my case it was the bottom one. Once folded, hold them in place and turn the pocket over. From where they overlap, one of the flaps will protrude a bit from the bottom. Use your craft knife to trim this off. Do the same with the other pocket.

Cut a large piece of decorative paper and glue the pocket to the back of it. Make sure you watch the folds like before. Cut off the corners of the paper again and cover the pocket. The best way to cover around the corner that was cut out is to make a diagonal cut across where that square would be. This creates two smaller flaps that fold in with no fuss.
Look for wrinkles, smooth them out.

This step is kind of unnecessary. Im just finicky. I covered the inside of the pocket (just the main pocket, I didnt bother with the flaps) with more paper. It makes me feel like its more finished. In reality, you cant ever see it when the folders all put together.

Once both the pockets are covered, fold the flaps in once again and glue them together. To make sure the glue did its job, I left them under a stack of books for about half an hour

Once theyre done, simply use more glue and fix them inside your folder. Stack some more books on for a while, let the glue dry and youre done!


The pockets definitely arent the most ingenious but once theyve been broken in (and by that I mean ruthlessly stuffed with paper until the stiffness of the glue gives a little), they last for a long long time. They could be done other ways but Ive not really had time to experiment yet. Feedback and criticism is always welcome Smiley

Happy storing! Post pictures if you make one!
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3  My first ever piano hinge book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by idrinktea on: July 10, 2007 05:16:55 PM
I've had my eye on this project for a really long time and made it today for a friend's birthday. I am completely in love with it. Made with regular printer paper, some orange art paper, bamboo skewers and some crochet thread to hold them together.

The spine is super flexible so the whole thing actually lies flat. Did I already say I'm love? I'm in loooooove.

Thanks for looking!
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4  Some fish and a parrot in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by idrinktea on: July 10, 2007 05:09:57 PM
I've been a bit obsessed with birds and fish recently so I thought I'd share what I've been making.

The fish are about 1 inch wide. The parrot is approximately 1.5inches from head to tail.

Thanks for looking!
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5  A box and two folders [image heavy] in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by idrinktea on: June 19, 2007 05:32:19 PM
Hello all, I am new (or rather, delurking, but it amounts to the same). I've been planning on posting these for a while but never got around to taking pictures until today. One of these is over a year old, the other two were made two days ago.

My pictures don't really show the colours off too well, these are much brighter in real life, I just lack the software to correct them.

Firstly, my store-all folder. Made from mat board, decorative paper, lots of glue and a vast amount of scotch tape. Measures about 9.5x12 inches.

The front. I made this in January 2006 and then proceeded to carry it everywhere for a semester. The wear and tear definitely shows, and I clearly wasn't being too smart when I decided on giving it that relatively flimsy spine. It's pretty beat up and doesn't see everyday use anymore but I am still mighty fond of it.

The pockets within.

Detail of the inside. I spent a really long time making sure the strips of paper I cut out fit right back where they were supposed to.

Standing up (or not, because its spine is breaking).

Second, my file folder. Made very recently. Someone asked about DIY file folders a few days ago and I didn't really have an answer but I got right to it and wound up with this. Construction paper and the same decorative paper I used in the folder above plus glue and a tiny bit of tape. Measures 9x11.5 inches.

Front. That pocket thing with the transfer is somewhat atrocious to my eyes but I'm trying to ignore it because the whole deal is really quite functional.



Carrying papers. It turned out to be surprisingly sturdy!

Third and last, my go at papermuse's fantastic accordion box. Matboard, the same decorative paper (I had a lot), glue and everything else she mentioned in the tutorial.

Front, and at an angle.

From the side. You can see the mess I made of the magnets but it stays closed, which is all I really wanted. I'll do better next time.

And open. Sha! There's a lot of glitches but overall I really like how this turned out.

Thoughts, comments, questions, suggestions?

Thanks for looking!
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