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« on: September 04, 2010 07:33:36 AM »

I decided yesterday that, demmit, it was time to sit down and learn how. So I used the back of a school notebook, a sheet of scrapbook paper, some printer paper, and some linen weaving thread to put this together.  There's a couple of things I could have done better - like find a better glue, or boil down some flour paste, instead of using a glue stick - but it turned out pretty ok.

The cover:

The stitching:

And it even opens!  Grin

I think this will make a good Yule present for my older daughter, with a "matching" purple one for the younger daughter.

A couple of questions, though: Is it staying open because the stitching is too tight? What do you recommend for glue, to keep the inner cover sheet attached? (That's coming completely off already.) And would con-tac paper be a good cover?

« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2010 09:18:43 AM »

Glue stick???!!!! You used a glue stick!!!!!!!!!!! This is incredible!!!! Props to you!
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2010 10:36:53 AM »

I typically use whatever is left over from my kid's school supplies ... usually Elmer glue.  I have always had great success with that and it is pliable.  I can't answer about the stitch binding as I use the glue binding method.  But you have a very cute book there!

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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2010 01:27:15 PM »

Yes, I used a glue stick!!!! It's what I had on hand, since Gorilla Glue just didn't seem appropriate for some odd reason. For the one for me, now, it may be a completely different story. No girly-girl pinky thingies por me! MWAHAHA!!

Shadeweaver - Thank you! I'll have to go get some Elmer's, since school just started and all the supplies are on sale right now. Now to go look up this 'glue binding' thingy...

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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2010 12:25:27 PM »

I use a glue stick to cover my front and back covers with scrapbook paper, but I use this Elmer's "extra strength" craft glue stick. I've found that it works well when it's new, but the longer I use it, the weaker it gets. Tongue It does help to put glue on both surfaces and to press something heavy and flat against it for a minute or so after I stick it together.

By the way, I bound my first book a few weeks ago and had the same problem with the cover staying slightly open all the time. I think it probably is from the stitching being too tight. The video tutorial that I was watching kept saying over and over, "Make sure the stitching is tight," and I think I went a little overboard. Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2010 02:11:10 PM »

Oh good. Glad to hear I'm not the only one this has happened to.

Seems like the glue sticks just don't quite cut it, then. That's an easy enough fix.

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