Did you ever have one of those duh moments?
Well, I did this past month.
If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know that at the moment,
I'm into Junque Journals.
So I've been joining Junque Journal groups on Facebook
to see how these gals put their books together.
And all of a sudden . . . this happens:
Why didn't I know about this?
For years I've been creating my own covers & spines from scratch.
Now I'm digging in the recycle bin.
To make your own book:
(a) eat all the snacks in a box (this is important!)
(b) The box is glued together at one of the sides.
Find that place and carefully open the box where it's glued together.
(c) Cut off the box top and box bottom.
(d) Cut off the glued together side.
And just like that you have a book!
And Pasta Boxes are the best because there's a built in window!
I then took paper and coffee dyed the paper.
Some I scrunched up and some I left with just the coffee splatters.
I made a template for my pamphlet stitch
and punched holes in the box spine.
3 signatures = 3 horizontal holes across
What's a signature?
It's a grouping of papers. Called a signature because back in the days of handwritten books,
each set of papers that was completed was signed by whomever wrote it.
Thus a signature.
For this book, I used 5 papers,
each paper folded in half
and then stacked on top of each other to create 10 pages.
Make sure the folds match in the center!
Then each signature is put together and I used the center hole template,
punching 3 holes through each signature.
Once the holes are punched, remove the template and save for another book.
Using waxed linen thread and a heavy needle,
thread the needle but do not double and do not knot.
Start with one set of signatures.
Place the signatures into the book spine,
lining up the holes in the signature with one set of vertical holes in the spine.
(I clip mine in place with binder clips.)
Here's a video I found on You Tube that shows how to stitch a signature
(I can't do better than Lynn.)
The only exception is that I use waxed linen thread
as it's hard to break/tear and doesn't stretch
therefore, no doubling of the thread.
I left quite a few of the pages blank for journaling
and tried to decorate the pages that I crumpled.
The smooth pages will be easier to write on.
So much fun to work on these simple books.
And it can be a work in progress or a finish all at once project.
Hope you enjoyed this foray into
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Such a fun way to stamp!