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Topic: TUTORIAL :How to turn a hardcover novel into a sketchbook  (Read 74861 times)
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« Reply #20 on: July 11, 2004 06:05:04 AM »

Wow this is an excellent tutoral!

I'm all for the power tools, so do you think it would rip the paper if I used a drill?

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« Reply #21 on: July 11, 2004 09:25:32 AM »

I have a hand crank drill, and I used that to make the holes in the paper with another book I made. It worked just fine. It was loads easier too. So go for it!

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« Reply #22 on: July 14, 2004 09:17:14 AM »

Instead of a drill, you can also use an awl to punch small holes in the paper, though it will take a bit longer.

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« Reply #23 on: August 04, 2004 08:41:36 AM »

I love it when a simple thing gets me inspired. Almost at the very moment that I was reading this thread yesterday, a friend called to say that he was having a get-together for his birthday in two days. I decided right away that if I could manage it, I was going to make him a book like this. From work, I went straight to the resale store and combed through their book selection, looking for something hardcover, relatively slim, and appropriately ironic. What I found was a book from the "Modern Topics" series about, well, let's just say a controversial subject, which I thought Dave would find kind of amusing.

I followed Rosered's excellent tutorial, basically, with a couple of revisions. Like some other people suggested, I used my Fiskars hand-drill to make the holes. Works very well if the paper groups are firmly held with some binder clips. I also used a phone book under my stack so I didnt drill into my table (which I managed to do anyway). Also, I did not use Coptic stitching to attach my pages -- I used another method which I have seen, but do not know what to call. Maybe it's stab-stitching? Basically, I drilled through the stack of folded pages about 1/4" from the folded edge, then stitched front to back. I used a heavier, colored card stock for the end pages and Spray Mounted the whole thing together. I am really impressed by how well it turned out.

For the finishing touch, I went through the torn-out guts of the book and cut out interesting/amusing pull quotes, which were littered throughout the book in creamsicle orange boxes, trimmed them, ran them through my Xyron machine, and stuck them in the lower right corner of alternate right hand pages. I think Dave is going to be confused at first ("Why did she give me this weird old book?") until he opens it. He should dig t.

It was a really fun project which I managed to complete in one night. I got a little bit of a late start working on it, and I did a couple of things wrong initially, but all in all, discounting shopping, I spent probably 5 or 6 hours on it. I will definitely be doing it again. (I'd send photos, but again, controversial book... and no real camera at my disposal.)

Thanks again for the inspiration and instructions, and tips from everyone else. This is a great fun thing to do!


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« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2004 02:03:07 PM »

Sounds like it turned out awesome! Actually I"m planning on making another one of these on the weekend with my drill and some other revised ideas. Hopefully it'll all go well.

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« Reply #25 on: August 14, 2004 03:43:29 PM »

wow! this a great tutorial! i have a bunch of books that my dad keep finding at garage sales and stuff [yes, i spend a lot of time reading.] and i've been looking for a new journal that screams "jai rox the mic" now i wont have to spend that extra $12 or so since i have all the materials at home! this is one awesome tutorial! thanks so much!

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« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2004 12:07:23 PM »

Thanks so much for the tutorial.  I made one about a few weeks ago out of an old Charlotte's Web and some specialized pages (my favorite being dino print with "chomps" cut out) and a bookmark.  And its all due to your tutorial!

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« Reply #27 on: August 16, 2004 03:47:02 PM »

I have to try this! I just need to find a mad old book now... I have a friend who would love a book like this.

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« Reply #28 on: August 16, 2004 04:27:09 PM »

Very very very cool.

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« Reply #29 on: September 06, 2004 07:46:20 AM »


This is EXACTLY what I've been looking for...We have to make sketchbooks out of old encyclopedias in my fine arts class, we can do whatever we want with them, because they're old. I figured I could do this, but I didn't know how.
I'll just have to buy a few things and I'll be set.
You have no idea how happy and relieved I am, I was panicking looking for directions on how to do this.
You are so awesome.
I'm going to have the spiffiest sketch book ever now.

Thanks for the tutorial, it sounds really easy.

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