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« on: February 11, 2019 10:41:36 AM »

Hey friends, a few of us have been chatting about book binding techniques lately and thought we could share inspiration and projects to encourage each other in what can be an intimidating craft to pursue. There are already some terrific topics posted on Paper and Mixed Media and making Junk Journals (which contains lots of info on bookbinding) but this would be entirely about the building of an actual volume from start to finish, all the elements of creating a whole entire book from scratch. It is certainly an intensive art on it's own. Here is a collection of tutorials that have been posted here, I am going to try out as many as I can.

Here's one I made recently with a link to some in-progress images:
Hard cover with sewn patchwork


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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2019 10:41:46 AM »

I thought I would begin with a smaller project I've had my eye on.

(photo credit: Linda Matthews)

Ancient Earth Mini-Journal, a tutorial offered by Linda Matthews. There is a link to some printable pages she sells for this but I am going to use what I have on hand the first time round. It's a very simple single signature with pamphlet stitch and a soft cover. I really love the beautiful fabric cover, that's just my style.

It would be great if some of you wanted to try this project at the same time and share your work but please feel free to post previous book binding adventures and anything else you're working on right now or wanting to try.
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2019 10:44:19 AM »

There are many wonderful hand bound books right here on Craftster. Here are some I have made with links to their topic pages, I hope you'll share yours as well. It would be awesome to have a collection in one spot.

2 little books


Soft patchwork cover


Brown paper mini-journal


Mini brown paper book
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2019 12:10:03 PM »

Thank you for starting this! It'll help encourage me to join in this journey!
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2019 12:26:37 PM »

Thank you for starting this! It'll help encourage me to join in this journey!

Yay! Do you want to make that little journal I linked along with me or did you have another project you were hoping to tackle?
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2019 01:06:54 PM »

Yes! I would love to try the mini journal you linked. I hope I can find time to join in the fun. Smiley

Thanks for sharing your techniques and process, CLM!
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2019 04:15:41 PM »

Thank you for starting this! It'll help encourage me to join in this journey!

Yay! Do you want to make that little journal I linked along with me or did you have another project you were hoping to tackle?

I think the binding is the scariest part for me right now. I learned how to do it with rubber bands in Nov. but that isn't very professional. Smiley I may try that mini journal you shared. It seems pretty easy. 
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2019 05:25:52 AM »

For Christmas I was given a board game I had no plans to play, so I decoupaged the box to store ephemera and had put together this basic book cover.

The outside:


My washi tape wasn't sticking down when folded  so I tried Scotch tape over that. Still not great.

On the inside, I had added game cards to use as pockets, and even with double sided tape and washi over, it still wasn't sturdy for pockets:


I almost gave up. In fact, I put this in recycling. Then, CLM, you started this CAL, and I took it out. This morning, I decided to just use packaging tape all around.

Are there any places to buy 3 ring binders to put in? Is it possible? Or, other than rubber banding signatures, what would you suggest next?
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2019 06:38:58 AM »

I like this idea! I can't quite see the details but did you cover the whole thing in tape? If I know packing tape, there may be areas where it was slightly less cooperative? If so, you can actually carefully trim any sticking out or foldy bits with a small, sharp exacto and burnish the entire thing with the back of a spoon for maximum stick and smoothness. Air pockets can be deflated with a small pin prick before burnishing too. I can see the pockets working if you made a sort of accordion fold for the sides but honestly, I think even then they would unstick with use.
As for the 3 ring binder closing, I'd look for a good quality one at a thrift shop and cut off the covers then glue the spine right into your book with a VERY strong glue like E6000. If you put tape on the inside of the cover, you might want to try peeling it off where the glue would go so that it's stuck to the actually game board and not only a layer of tape.

Also, washi is cute but it sucks as actual tape  Undecided.
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2019 06:49:55 AM »

When I use washi tape on a book cover, I use mod podge or collage paste to adhere it down. but it's usually for looks.  it's not strong enough to be any real use.  I have used duct tape.  And then I went ahead and bought a roll of actual book binding tape.  it's plain brown so not pretty but that's when I'd used my washi and mod podge depending on the look I was going for.

Here's a junk journal using a game board I made using book binding tape that I left as is as I thought the tape went ok with the color scheme

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=456925.msg5512555#msg5512555

Also, washi is cute but it sucks as actual tape  Undecided.
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