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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Book Tutorial (2)

Welcome to Crafting With Jack, I am writing this with the birds singing away, it is another lovely day.  We had a lovely evening last night with our unexpected visitors.   I have another easy book tutorial for you.  It follows a similar principle to the last one, but it's easier!  I was out shopping the other day looking for some cheap cards to do this tutorial and I found these thank you cards for 50p.   Now if I had been doing a little book for my grand daughter I would have just cut off the top section where it said "Princess Thank you" as this would have made a nice cover without doing anything else, but I didn't think of it until afterwards.  I cut these 8 cards in half which gave me enough pages for two albums.


I found these cards needed a trim first as the fold was not quite central.  Next I simply glued them on top of each other,  you have to make sure all the sides line up as you do this. 

The picture below shows the folded cards with their folded edge pointing up.  The arrows show where to glue each side to the next card's side.  Where it says cover is where you attach your outer cover piece.    The measurements relate to the height 3/4 and total width of each card.  This measurement can be varied to suit you.


The picture below shows the cut off card, the inside page, the spine after adding all the pages and finally the cover.



As you can see I inked all the edges.


I made it into a little colouring notebook.  I bought some colouring books for myself, but it's not really my thing.  I think the amount to colour in puts me off.  I cut the pages to fit my book, adding some blank pages for notes.  Add a few colouring pencils and you have an instant art kit :)


I made the cover differently with this one.  No scoring involved.  I measured the page and made a strip of paper, the right height, but longer than I needed.  I glued down the front cover and carefully folded the paper round to the other side.   When I was happy with fit I marked the edge and cut off the extra.  Then I applied glue to the spine and back cover and  carefully folded the paper back to it's position.

At one time I thought glue tapes were brilliant for everything, but when making albums and books you sometimes need to adjust the position slightly and glue tapes stop you doing that.  I have seen a lot of people using a tacky glue instead.  I used tape for this project, but I think I would have preferred to use glue.

Quite often I get given packs of ready made cards that I usually use as blanks.  You can do these little albums with those cards or the packs of notelets.    I hope you will give this a go x



1 comment:

Teresa Arsenault said...

I don't think I quite understand how this one goes together, but it is very sweet. I like your idea of cutting up coloring pages to include in your book. Blessings on your day, Teresa