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« on: July 27, 2005 05:15:21 PM »


Seeing all the cool bookbinding around here, I decided I must try! So, I just finished my first journal Smiley actually, more of a sketchbook made for my boyfriend (i do hope he'll find use for it.. mostly he prefers to draw in he's torn-out notebook..). It's still empty, I'll add some kitschy-bla later  Tongue haha.
I'm thinking of adding some sort of cover/bag for carrying-protection, since he's a solider, and a very messy one.. just haven't thought through this idea enough. If you have any suggestions I'd be thrilled to hear..

Here are a bit too many pics of it ( I'm pretty exited! my first book turned out nice Grin) :

First journal and all, I've have pretty big trouble with the glues I tried... On one hand they kept dripping through the paper cover, despite me putting on a really heavy cover paper a really thin layer of glue  (I tried Elmer's glue, and some weird varnish-glue, which i laid off pretty fast), and on the other hand they didn't get a good grip of the paper... What kind of better-than-Elmer's-glue do you use for this purpose?
Plus, I learned that if I buy heavy handmade paper for a cover, I'll regret it later when trying to get it to glue on my cardboard/fold easily when i want it to... but it did turn out nice in the end.
I used the coptic stitch tutorial at http://personal.mem.bellsouth.net/d/r/drv1913/0204.html, but didn't glue the inner pages to the cover since i liked the brown paper I put there, plus, my glues suck.

 Roll Eyes I love making little useless thing to send him in the mail (though I'll probably see him much before i get to finish making him a package  Grin)

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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2005 05:18:13 PM »

That looks awesome. As for advice...I couldn't tell you, you should see my first journal making experience....I gave up Sad

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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2005 05:31:07 PM »

that's beautiful!  i love the red paper!

as far as glues, i would REALLy reccommend wheat paste for gluing paper. it stays flexible but holds really well.  Plus, it's basically free, since all you do is boil some flour in water till it gets sticky. (i thought people who made their own wheatpaste were super hard-core, until i tried it myself and it took like three minutes)

good work!

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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2005 05:42:57 PM »

Smiley Thanks for the compliments. and thanks for the advice needlesandpins, but when i read about wheatpaste i wondered if it doesn't rot or bring ants and so?
I think I'll try it anywhy since I really don't want to go buy some expensive glue that I'll find being as good as the Elmer's, or even worse..

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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2005 01:04:17 AM »

I've done some bookbinding, I took a class last fall, and we used YES! paste. I think it works great and it's about $10 for a big tub, it says it's archival as well. Michaels has started caring it so you could use the 40% off coupon.
Great job on your first book!

« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2005 03:58:59 AM »

Sad If only i had Michaels here in Israel.. oh well.. ha ha. I loved it so much when i was a kid in the states... I'll go look in some crafts store next week, when I'll really have a vacation.. You see, I've got a week full of work ahead of my, operating a summer camp with the teens i guide in our youth movement..
(I just hate English when trying to find equivalents for words in Hebrew. It's especially hard in this subject.. I'm not at all satisfied with the last sentice, since it sounds not even close to what I meant.. for example, "summer camp" is not really a camp, it's activities only in the morning-noon hours, after that the little kids go back home, and there's a word exactly for that activity in Hebrew.. oh well.)
At least I'm gonna have lots of fun Cheesy
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2005 07:04:01 AM »

i've always used U-HU glue sticks for book binding. thats what my photo professor said to use and everything has held up well. they're cheap too!

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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2005 07:11:06 AM »

I tried uhu too, but it didn't hold the heavy paper that well
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2005 09:43:43 PM »

so, regarding wheat paste, yes it will probably rot if you leave a big tub of it lying around.  if it's spread on a page, it does not rot or attract bugs or anything.  i have projects that are many months old with no problems.   i hear people say you can refrigerate small bowls of it for a few weeks, but i've always just made a fresh batch for each "crafty session" i do. . . since it's free to make and all.

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