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« on: February 08, 2019 07:09:41 PM »

hi again.  popping in randomly, as usual.   Roll Eyes

so.  handmade books.  I've found a lot of tutorials on Pinterest, but they always make me nervous just looking at them.  how hard are they to make?  my usual source for journals no longer carries the ones I like.  I could always buy one on Etsy (and I have found one I'm absolutely in love with for one reason, and one reason only...it's made from an old book from 1982 on video games), but I'm having a hard time finding one like the ones I like.  I figured if I made my own, I could make exactly what I want.  but they seem so intimidating.   Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2019 08:02:50 PM »

Hey, hi Smiley. I've been making books lately & found it quite interesting & not too much of a challenge. Is there a style you most prefer? Maybe I or someone else here has tried it & can answer questions or give advice.
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2019 08:57:27 PM »

Well, mainly Id like one for writing in. But I also love the kinds that have pockets and I like to decorate the pages. Ive looked into guesso as far as decorating with paints and such, but I kinda dont want to spend the money on that. I have had issues with pens and stamp ink bleeding through, so guesso would be good, but Im not totally worried about it because theres a good chance Id end up putting stickers or scrapbook paper on the opposite side to cover it before writing on the other side.

So mainly I want something I can write in and decorate.
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2019 01:31:42 PM »

I more meant the style of book, the binding etc. Do you have a preferance?

There is a junk journal along here with lots of ideas & links.

Tutorials on Craftster.

Tutorials on other sites.
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2019 02:27:00 PM »

ah.  I see.  as far as binding goes, I just know I don't like the cheapness of glued-in pages.  that's what the books I've been using have, so they fall apart toward the back.  and I try to glue them back in only to make a mess of everything.

thank you for those links.  and THANK YOU for the tutorial link!  I haven't been able to get to ANY of the tutorial lists!!!
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2019 05:05:42 PM »

Yup, lots of handbound books are stitched. There are gluing techniques but I haven't tried them.
I read recently about the tutorial link not working (there've been some glitches from a recent upgrade that are being worked on) but you can find tutes right in their sections, there are posts like the ones I linked to in nearly every category.
Somebody carefully compiled those collections of links but some of them are defunct now. Still lots to check out. I'm making my way through Smiley.
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2019 06:47:11 PM »

I love making books but its easy to get overwhelmed with all the options.  There are definitely some that are easier or faster than others, but just jump in.  Worse case, you end up with pages for your next book. There is a midori style, if Im remembering correctly.  You basically fold something that will be sturdy enough for a cover, put a rubber band (Id use a hair band elastic) into the fold, then tuck in sheets of whatever to create the pages.  Cant get much simpler than that!
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2019 07:16:33 PM »

Yup, lots of handbound books are stitched. There are gluing techniques but I haven't tried them.
I read recently about the tutorial link not working (there've been some glitches from a recent upgrade that are being worked on) but you can find tutes right in their sections, there are posts like the ones I linked to in nearly every category.
Somebody carefully compiled those collections of links but some of them are defunct now. Still lots to check out. I'm making my way through Smiley.

handbound just seems more sturdy.  that's one thing I like about it.
yeah, I see that the tut link is kinda broken.  but it's good to know that they are available in their sections.
it looks like the non-Craftster links are broken.  not all of them, though, but what even is Threadbangers anymore?  that's not what I remember it being like.  so unfortunately those links didn't work.  but I was able to find lots of other stuff.  it's too bad the non-Craftster links list can't be fixed (can it?  probably by making a new post, I guess).  I found lots of things to look at on other sites that could be added.

I love making books but its easy to get overwhelmed with all the options.  There are definitely some that are easier or faster than others, but just jump in.  Worse case, you end up with pages for your next book. There is a midori style, if Im remembering correctly.  You basically fold something that will be sturdy enough for a cover, put a rubber band (Id use a hair band elastic) into the fold, then tuck in sheets of whatever to create the pages.  Cant get much simpler than that!

hey Mun!  long time!

yeah, I've been researching since about .  I looked at the links crafty posted, but some of them no longer work as far as non-Craftster go (what has Threadbanger become?!), and from there ventured out onto other sites.  Instructables has had a few tutorials that caught my eye, and I found a couple on Pinterest too.  I did see one like you were talking about that used rubber bands, but I know how they can dry rot and break.  I worry about that with hairband elastics too.  I like the idea, I just don't want to worry about the bands breaking.  I did find a really neat idea using magazines.  I'm going to have to start grabbing my mom's maga...wait!  I have video game magazines I can use!!!  duh!!!  lol.  it's cheap, but it can be something fun to work on.  plus, after looking around, I have a few ideas that could help make it more sturdy than the flimsiness of magazines.  and then maybe eventually I can work on something more intricate like actual book binding.

thanks for the help, you two!  I am now dying to get started on making a journal!  I still have one of the journals I bought years ago that I can use, but since it's small and I'll be adding pictures and stuff to it, it's not going to take me very long to fill it.  but this way I'll have time to play around with the magazine journal I want to make.  and like you said, Mun, it could turn into pages for my next book!   Grin
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2019 08:26:24 PM »

OOOOOOoooooo...

just went back to Pinterest and there on my feed was a pin about a junk journal.  it was made from an old dictionary.  that's a thick book.  and I have me one of them.

magazine first, though.  I really do want to do that.  then it's on to the dictionary.  I need a new one anyway.

oh.  she gut the dictionary and put paper in it.  still, I have two ideas for a dictionary now.
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2019 06:56:52 AM »

oh, using magazines sounds interesting!  Can you share a link?  I've been wanting to get back to doing more books and I always prefer to reuse.  I understand the worry about the elastic breaking.  I suppose you could use some other kind of fiber if you don't need the elasticity.  I figured I'd do a simple saddle stitch down the fold when I was done.  I have been wanting to start journaling but something just hasn't clicked to keep me going.  Now you've got me thinking...

When you do get into binding books, using the coptic stitch will let the book open completely flat.  It makes for easier writing for me.
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