my step by step of how to make your own little book using recycled materials where possible:
Soooo, getting started. You will need:
- cutting board (or kitchen chopping board)
- scalpel or sharp craft knife
- ruler (a metal rule is best for this)
- double sided sticky tape
- strong used envelopes (I've used brown envelopes)
- greyboard or card (I used the back of an old paper pad)
- letraset letters and or letterpress letters or ink stamp letters
- gouache paint and small paint brush
- other embellishments of your choice including your printed text, collagey bits, paint, pens, ink, stamps etc
measure a length for your inner pages (we are making a consertina page book here) for a square page, for example I have measured 8 cm's across and 24 centimeter's long (see below)
24 cm's long means 3 whole pages can be folded into the strip
measure 8 cm's in from the end to get your square page and score with the 'wrong' side of the scalpel so the page bends easily and neatly . . . .
once you've folded the first page, turn over the strip and score again 8 cm's in from the fold of the first page and and continue folding alternately like this until you have a consertina-ed strip like so:
once you have your correct set of pages (choose how many strips and therefore pages you would like) as above - you will need to plan how they fit together. There will be one or a few joins like so (see below):
add double sided sticky tape to one of these inside pages to be joined, and secure them together, planning carefully which way up your pages are going (keeping them the same) and ensuring your paper is the right way round ie. you have all the insides of the envelopes or the outsides - if you are using normal paper it won't matter.
for the hardboard cover I've used greyboard (thick card) from the back of an old pad and measured an additional centimeter across so there is a width of 9 cm's across, then I've added another 1.5 centimeters to the length, this allows half a centimeter for the pages to fold in the centre of the book and to create a spine, and half a centimeter at each end so that book cover is slightly bigger than the pages all round . . .
step 8 and 9:
now to make a slip cover (this is optional as you could put text straight onto the card) I've measured a length of thick cream paper 9 cm's across but allowed a fair bit longer on the length so the paper can be folded in and stuck down at each end. Measure and fold appropriately: ie. allow a 0.5 cm for the spine and score and fold as per the pages, then fold each end in allowing room for give and take when opening and closing the book. Play around here and see what is required.
Then, add the title of your book. I've done it here with a combination of letraset (transfer letters) and vintage wooden letterpress letters painted with gouache and pressed down onto the paper - you could alternatively paint, collage or draw your own image on the front of the book.
decorate and add text to the inside pages of your book now that you've folded them in together . . . I printed out the key points on the computer and glued in with pritt stick (glue stick) adding bits of collage, paint, ink, stamps, spray paint and drawing
cut and stick lengths of double sided sticky tape to the inside of the first and last pages along all four sides, (making sure it's on a single sheet and not a double fold page), and stick down onto the card cover allowing room for opening - the best way to do this is to fold the back cover onto the last page so that it opens with a bit of 'give' and isn't too tight. Testing and experimenting re. folding here . . . . then put two strips of double sided sticky tape on the inside of the part of the cover that folds into the inside of the book and stick down (the white bit you can see in this image will fold in and stick down on top of the brown page already stuck down.)
voila . . . . you have your own book. Mine is dedicated to 10 little things (recipes) you can do for pockets of happiness:
good for messages; presents; or starting your own production line of limited edition of books to sell . . . . . or a journal to fill with dreams ;)
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