Friday, September 09, 2011

whoa, I feel dizzy!

I made a "real" tutorial, go figure! What's even
weirder in my world, is that it's up for all to
see at Gingersnap Creations . . . would you please
imagine some Twilight Zone type music at this point?

Super Simple Bookbinding Tutorial

Stuff you will need:
paper for the pages--plain, colored, or
various papers such as: security papers (from envelopes),
handmade papers, sheet music, ledger paper, pages from books,
vellum, patterned papers

heavy weight cardstock for cover--I usually collage mine first
punch tool—either a fancy Japanese screw punch or the type with
a needle like tip. If you do not have a punch tool, they are very
inexpensive, or you can make your own using a sturdy tapestry/darning
needle with the eye end shoved into the end of a large cork.

2 or 3 book binding clips--those big black clips with the silver
flippy sides, available in most office supply sections of stores,
or (where else?) any office supply store


some type of "thread"--waxed linen thread, beading thread,
embroidery floss, or narrow ribbon--whatever you want to use
to bind your book

tapestry needle--basically any needle with an eye big enough to
hold your thread

work pad such as a folded up towel, magazine, phone book

What to do:
Determine how big you want to make your book, and cut or
tear the two cover pieces to size. I like using a ruler as
a straight edge and tearing at least one side of the cover,
leaving a distressed edge.

Now, select the various papers you’d like to use as pages in
your book. I generally use some ledger paper, vintage blank
music note paper, handmade papers, some patterned papers, and
vellum. You may prefer to have your pages all the same size;
I make mine a variety of sizes. You may even want some of the
pages to extend beyond the cover of your book—whatever your
personal preference.

If you plan to stamp on your pages, or distress the edges,
it’s a whole lot easier to do BEFORE binding the book, but
I almost always construct the book prior to knowing exactly
what's going to happen between the pages. If you decide to
distress/stamp/etc. before binding, keep in mind that your
pages are going to be bound about ¼ inch in from the left side.

On the front cover of the book, measure in about ¼ inch from
the book spine, and make a straight line from top to bottom.

About ¼ inch from the top, and ¼ inch from the bottom, make
a dot—these will be holes for binding.

Measure halfway between those two dots, and mark another hole
spot. You may want to stop with three holes, but if you prefer
five, measure again, half way between the middle hole and the
two outside holes, and making two more dots to punch.

After you have your hole spots marked, sandwich your lined-up
pages in between the covers, lining up the edges to be bound,
and clip together with a couple book binding clips. Place the
book sandwich on a work pad of some kind, such as a folded up
towel, old magazine, or phone book. This is so your don't
scratch up your table and dull your punch tool.

Carefully punch through the hole spots you marked, using the
punch tool. You may need to twist slightly, not just jab
straight through, depending on how thick your pages are.

Thread your tapestry needle and knot the end of your binding

Okay, are you ready for this? Here's a video, which is
a whole lot easier to follow than written directions
when it comes to something like this, but you'll have
to bear with me and be merciful. We've never made a
video before, and I sound like total dork, but at least
you'll be able to follow along . . . I hope . . . and
yes, that is a rooster crowing in the background!

Need some ideas? Here are some books I've made using
this super simple book binding technique:

Howdy cover and layout, Howdy LO, another Howdy LO

Garden book cover, Titania LO from garden book

Hot Beverages, coffee LOs, tea LOs, final pages

Over at Bella Creations, the September challenge
for the l'a arte transforme group is to share
a favorite technique--this is one of mine! :)


Netty said...

Smashing demo Trisha. x

Artsociate said...

Great stuff, as always! XO Jean

Artsociate said...

Great stuff, as always.

XO Jean

Linda DesGroseilliers said...

Nice video, Trisha! Your instructions are very easy to follow.

Lynn Stevens said...

Great idea using the clips! Now why didn't I think of that!!!
hugs Lynn
I'm off to watch the demo!

Chris Flynn said...

Very Nicely done Trisha!!The Twilight Zone music was a nice touch!
Seriously... thanks for the tutorial. You made it look really easy!
Sweet Blessings, Chris

Sharon said...

Excellent! Well done Trish!

Tristan Robin said...

I read about your tutorial on the altered pages group - it's terrific. I am now anxious to make one of my own lol.

And I LOVE your rooster in the background. It seems to peaceful to sit there binding a handmade book while the rooster crows!

Gerri Herbst said...

Wonderful tut! I always wanted to know how to bind a book. Loved hearing your voice too! Great job my dear.

FraniQ said...

You did a great job on your tutorial! Very easy to follow. Loved hearing the rooster!

just a scrap of paper said...

Love the rooster, lol! Tutorial was great too. You should do more.

Micupoftea said...

Great tutorial! Fun idea~

the PaperTemptress said...

Love love love the tutorial but have to be honest with you......really really really loved the rooster or hen crowing in the background! I live in San Jose, CA so haven't heard a rooster or any animal crow in many many years so really loved that. Thanks sooo much for sharing an amazing technique and for bringing a few memories back (I grew up in Illinois)!
the PaperTemptress

Shar B said...

Wonderful tutorial, Trisha! Very easy to follow and understand for a complicated topic.

Gerri Herbst said...

Thanks for stopping by this weekend!

1CardCreator said...

Love your tutorial Trisha! You make it look so easy, thanks for sharing.

Gillian Allen said...

Found some links for you parts 1 & 2 Teesha Moore video supplies bookbinding blog

Elizabeth Golden said...

This is wonderful! Simple yet it looks like a million dollars. Thank you so much for sharing!
ps love the rooster

Theresa said...

Thanks for linking up this week. Did you happen to see an email I sent you? Just checking, it was a thank you and about the grab button.
Hope you have a great week!

trisha too said...

Thank you, everyone, for your kind words . . .

AND for the great links, Gillian!

And yep, got it fixed, Theresa.


Contessa Kris said...

I'm catching up on your blog, yes, this is how behind I am. Okay, I'll be honest. Had to go back to June. Don't smack me next week when you see me. ANYWAY, fabulous tutorial. You're adorable, love the rooster.