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Topic: *PICS* pirate handmade journal/diary! "whole-page bookbinding" TUTORIAL ADDED  (Read 25313 times)
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« on: December 19, 2005 06:23:19 PM »

ok, so x-mas is coming and i had to do something to my bf. actually i've already bought a book for him, but i wanted to give something special, something I did!
we live in Brasil and next January he's going to spend 1 month in new york Sad so i made him a diary, just like the ooooold pirates used to have when they went sailing and looking for treasures  Grin  I'm a little obsessed with pirates, and he likes them too Wink
The binding is a different way i learnt in college (I'm a graphic design student and we were making books) and i haven't seen it on craftster... it's cool 'cos you can use the whole page, pretty useful if you draw a lot!
feel free to ask me if you need a tutorial, I'd love to help you and make one.

no more talking, here are the pics!

AHOY, CAPTAIN! (did you ever played 'the secret of monkey island' ?)


i guess now you can understand the binding ...

that's all for now!
I'm sorry about the messy english
Danny Cruz

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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2005 06:28:38 PM »

wow! this is really awesome! i would love you forever if you did a tutorial
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2005 11:11:57 AM »

Beautiful! Loving the piratey theme also  Wink And your english isn't messy at all, its perfect   Grin
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2005 11:16:38 AM »

I would love a tutorial , too! This would be perfect for binding a notebook or something. Since it's a full page. That looks really nice!

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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2005 04:19:10 PM »

ok, so here's the tutorial. i never thought it would be so hard to make a tutorial , hah! it's my first one.
maybe it's a little bit confused, feel free to ask me anything if you have any doubts!

here is what you'll need:

- a few pages for your book. choose whatever measurement you want, but double it because they should be folded in half!
- paper clips, you can find these at any paper craft store, or wherever. if you don't have these, you can use a strong friend/relative to hold it to you, hah.
- a kind of stick glue, i used Pritt. liquid glue can't get it right, i don't know why Sad .
- paper or fabric, to make the cover
- a different color paper to make a first page, you'll use it to protect the others
- cardboard. two pieces (half-centimeter bigger - on the width, and on the height - than the folded pages) for the cover and one small piece measuring half an inch of width to the middle.
- scissors and rule.

STEP 1 - glue it until you die!

put all the pages together, and put the paper clips on the FOLDED side. you'll start glueing the pages from the end to the beginning , so here's what it should looks like:

skip two pages. on the THIRD one you start glueing the left border... after that you'll skip one page and glue the next... again skip one and glue the next. do that until you get tired and your pages are done!

tip: to check if you're glueing the right pages, you can look at the folded side. if it's the folded page, you won't glue. if the pages are not the same, then it's the page you'll have to glue.
like this:

once you've finally finished, that's how it should look like:

got it? so, ok. let's go to the...

STEP 2: hard cover!

it's really easy, you can do that with fabric if you want to, it's basically the same way <a href="https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10347.0"> alisonwonderland did here </a>
if you'll use fabric for the cover, you should use liquid glue on the protection pages, stick glue won't do it well.

cut the paper two inches longer than the cardboard, then fold it. you can put a piece of cover-paper covering the middle cardboard, 'cos that will appear when you open your book.



STEP 3: the end!

glue the different color paper to the first page of your book. do it to the last one. something like this:

now you'll align the folded side of your book to the middle cardboard part, and glue the back of the other part from the first page to the cardboard .
wow, i just can't explain it right, so here's a pic.

once you've glued the pages to the cover, TADA! it's finished.

I'm sorry, even I got upside down with this tutorial. it's a little bit hard to get the "binding" right on the first time, you'll glue the wrong pages and stuff. don't cry and keep on trying. it'll look beautiful when it's done, and pretty useful, i have a lot of these notebooks myself. ha!


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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2005 08:49:00 AM »

cool journal! Smiley

and thanks for the tutorial. i'll have to try this some time soon...
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2005 02:45:23 PM »

Is that tutorial to make a full page book?? like 8 1/2 by 11?? so if you were gonig to make a full page book , would you have to have a paper that is twice as big as 81/2 by11? i'm sorry if I don't really under stand, but i'm just wondering if the finished product is still the folded paper

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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2005 07:34:37 AM »

ooh that's sooo cute. I want to make one! I wonder if we have spare paper around the house..

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« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2005 04:40:29 PM »

Ah, such piratey goodness!! You did a very nice job on the journal!!  Cheesy  The tutorial is a tiny bit confusing, but it's still really good! I definetly have to make one of these journals sometime, because it's just so cute and awesome  Grin
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2005 09:53:52 PM »

I've gotta try that! Awesome project!
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