Monday, May 31, 2010

Bookmaking Tutorial

Here is the tutorial you have all been waiting for. Hopefully I've made everything clear enough that you can follow the instructions and make a book on your own. If there are any steps that are confusing just leave me a message and I'll try to clear things up for you. ENJOY!

I tried to get a picture of everything you will need for this project in the picture. If you don't have a paper trimmer then you can use a ruler and exacto knife. Just make sure you have a mat or large piece of cardboard underneath when you are using it so you don't cut through your table.

The first think you are going to do is get your cover ready. You can use a piece of framing mat board or you can get a notebook with a thick cover on clearance at Walmart like I did. I just took the covers off the notebook and then put a coat of white acrylic paint on. Let it dry very well between coats.

The is what it will look like after two coats. You just need to be able to put your paper on the cardboard without the decal showing through your paper.

While your covers are drying you can cut your paper. It is a lot easier to cut the paper if you have a paper slicer. But if you don't you can use an exacto knife like I mentioned earlier. I used regular printer paper and cut each piece in half. You can cut the paper to whatever size you want. Sometimes it is fun to do an odd shaped book. I like this size.

I cut at 5 1/2in.

Here is my finished stack. I cut 75 pieces. You can make it as thick or thin as you would like.

Put one of the pieces of cut paper on your cardboard and trace it. This will help you know where you need to cut your cardboard. I add 1/4 in to two of the sides before cutting the cardboard. This will make the cover a bit bigger then your paper. Cut out your cardboard.

Then you will trace your cardboard on the piece of paper that will be your cover. I used a 12 x 12 piece of scrapbook paper. Tracing it will help you know where to put the glue.

Put rubber cement in the scrapbook paper inside of your guidelines. LET IT DRY

Put rubber cement on your cardboard. Cover the entire thing. LET IT DRY. By letting the rubber cement dry on both materials you are creating a very sturdy bond called a dry bond.

Place the cardboard onto the scrapbook paper and press firmly.

Turn it over and make sure there aren't any air bubbles. I smooth it out with my hand.

Place a ruler flush up to your cardboard and use the other side to draw a straight line. Do this to all the sides.

Then you need to place the ruler at an angle at each corner. This will be your guide to cut the corners off so you can make a mitered corner later.

Cut off the extra paper. You will use your guidelines you drew earlier. Don't forget to cut off the corner pieces.

This is what the cover will look like after you've cut off the extra paper and the corner pieces.

Put rubber cement on the cardboard and on the piece of scrapbook paper. LET IT DRY.

Use the cardboard to get a nice clean fold. Then fold the paper up and stick it to the cardboard.

Do this to all four sides.

Take your other piece of cardboard and place it onto the other piece of scrapbook paper. Trace it. Then cut out a 1/4 in piece out of the cover. This will be the front cover so cutting the 1/4 in piece allows you to open the cover. Then you glue the cardboard to the scrapbook paper like you did before. MAKE SURE YOU USE YOUR TRACED AREA AS A GUIDE. LEAVE A 1/4 IN SPACE.

Then follow the same steps you did with the first piece of cardboard.

This is what your two covers will look like.

Cut two pieces of matching paper and glue them to the inside of the covers using the dry bond I described earlier.

Sandwich your paper stack between your two covers. I always keep the paper flush with the binding on the side where the cover will oven. This is where you will drill your holes and sew your binding. Make sure you don't do this on the wrong side otherwise your book won't open. You will be doing all these next steps on the side that has the 1 in piece. I hope that made sense. I always put a piece of white paper on the cover so I can draw my dots where I will drill and then add plenty of rubber bands to keep the paper in place.

I used a noble binding for this book. I don't know where I got this information from. My high school art teacher copied it from a book for me 6 years ago. I don't even know the name of the book. I hope you can see the diagram well enough to sew the binding.

Place your dots. There will be 6 dots total.

Now you will drill holes in your book through all the layers with a drill. If you have a drill press...good for you. I don't so I use my husband's hand drill. Just make sure you are drilling straight down. Sometimes it is easier to do if you are drilling the book on a board of wood so you aren't bending the book while you drill. Sorry I didn't get a picture of this. It is hard to take a picture while you drill. Then you sew the binding. I use a blunt needle and cording. You can also use ribbon or hemp. Make sure you leave a 2 in tail so you can finish sewing the binding at the end. I hope you can follow the picture.

This is what it looks like after it is all sewn. Then you take the piece of paper off and the rubber bands.

There you go. Books are fun because you can be creative and use different materials and try different things for the binding. A lot of it was just trial and error for me. I figured some things out on my own the hard way. Especially with the binding. Have fun and be sure to show me pictures of the books you create.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


My little sister is getting married in a week. I can't believe she is getting married. It feels like yesterday I was getting married. It was fun to make a card for the special event. I tried to use her wedding colors, dusty rose, blue and tan. I embossed white paper with my cuttlebug embossing folder. Then I used chalk and a Q-tip to add color to the raised part. I'm happy with how it turned out.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Are you sick of Cake Yet?

I have to admit I'm getting there :) I am teaching another course 1 cake decorating class and I also finished this cake today. It is a first communion cake. I'm happy with how it turned out. I made the cake from scratch, chocolate and strawberry. I also made all the fondant from scratch. The cross and roses are made out of fondant and the scrolling piping is royal icing. Jeff helped me roll all the little balls for the border. It was a fun cake to work on but it took a lot of time so my Kitchen is a disaster.

I also made 8 Mothers day cards but I forgot to take pictures before selling them. (Hanging head in shame). I've got a few projects I'm working on but I promise I haven't forgotten about that book binding tutorial I promised you all. Thanks for being so patient.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Dirt Bike Cake

This Cake was so much fun to make. My neighbor and friends son, Ethan turns 5 this week. They came up with the idea to make a cake into a dirt bike track and I made it for them. The cake was a hit and all the kids loved having a kit kat with their cake.