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« on: July 04, 2010 04:45:30 AM »

Inspired by some of the lovely works of art on here, I want to make my own journal Smiley I've got two pieces of thick cardboard for the cover and back, and I've had a look at some of the extremely useful binding tutorials on here, but I have a few questions.

Firstly, the first thing I want to do is coat the cardboard with pages from a book. I have some acid-free glue that says it's good for papercraft - will it be ok to simply glue the pages onto the cardboard, or will they wrinkle and look horrible? Also, how can I get a nice, shiny finish to them afterwards? Nail varnish, or is that stupid?

Secondly, I have this idea that I want to bind the journal with ribbon. Will this work? It doesn't need to be a supremely functional journal that's going to be taken everywhere, more of a special journal, if that makes sense. I was thinking kind of binder-ring style, except with ribbon.

Any help would be appreciated, I've never done any papercrafting before!

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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2010 04:58:52 AM »

As for the varnishing: nail polish may bleed the paper. I shiny-fy my papercrafts with either mod podge (comes in matt, glossy, glossy with glitter to name a few) or with acrylic paint/varnish. I would advise to test it on a small piece though. I decoupaged a wooden box with a lovely giftwrapping, but the acrylic varnish made it bleed; normal paper usually works though :-)

hope this helps!

« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2010 05:06:12 AM »

Mod podge is a sort of glue, isn't it? I've never seen it here in Australia, but I've heard a lot about it!

Edit: Just found an Australian website selling it, so I've ordered some of the gloss-lustre kind. Yay!
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2010 05:24:17 AM »

Yeah it's a sort of glue. They do sell it here in the netherlands, and sometimes they also have a noname brand "Podgy Glue" but you can only get the normal glossy variant from it.

You can apply it with a foam brush or a sponge (normal household sponge will do)
After use just rinse it thoroughly in the sink. Also, I put it in a bowl of water to rinse it between layers while I am crafting. (Can't run down to the sink every few minutes Tongue )

Good luck and most importantly: have fun! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2010 09:48:54 PM »

There are liquidy type glues that could work also. They come in a tube that you squeeze & there is some type of a sponge applicator at the tip. If you put an even coat on both the cardboard & the paper, then put the paper on smoothly w/o any wrinkles it will work. Then put something heavy on it to help it dry flat.

I'm not sure about binding w/ribbon - I've never done that. Someone w/more experience can answer that.

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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2010 09:58:03 PM »

A bone folder would work to burnish the wrinkles out of the paper on the cover. I hear the backs of spoons are also effective! If the pages are too thin though, sometimes wrinkles can't be helped. BUT, it could totally add to the mystique of the book to have little wrinkles on the cover! ;P

Shellac actually works pretty well to make things shiny. If the pages have colors or anything, it'll make it discolor, so you usually want a layer or something else (glue actually works well) spread evenly over it before hand. Putting the shellac on before gluing the papers to the boards might be better than trying to shellac it after the fact. There's less chance of accidentally having the boards stick to the text block or getting shellac on the text block.

I have no idea about binding with ribbon, but I don't see why it wouldn't work if you did it three ring binder style! You could have pretty bows along the spine! :3 It'd be adorable.
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