It all started with this Video from Ebel Libro.
I was bored and so I checked it out. His little books looked so cute and perfect. I was so inspired and excited that I ran to my craft table, two steps away. I tried the folding using cardstock.. Though, I found that with the card stock it was difficult to make clean, crisp folds. No matter, I pushed through and eventually came up with this.
So I watched another YouTube video in hopes of improving.
This time the tutorial suggested scoring the cardstock. I used my Fiskars cutter to line up the cardstock and measure the space between scoring. I used a scoring tool. I'm sure you could use a bone folder. This made it so much easier to fold
Now to assemble the book.
As you can see in the photo the black signatures fit nicely into the blue valleys. But they kept falling out, so I had to find a high tech solution to this problem. Photo below shows the solution.
Next I used some waxed linen thread to attach the signatures to the valleys.I used a a 3 hole pamphlet stitch.Looking good.....so far.
I cut the boards for the cover and assembled it. Holding the end pages against the covers, I found that when I opened the book that the middle of the spine fell out and the signatures just dangled there. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of that. I'm very happy that I did this instead of going ahead and pasting the covers on.
I think there are a couple of ways to fix this. You can add a spine. Because I can see down inside the spine, I covered my spine card with matching black bookcloth.
To finish off I used the first, then last pages as endpapers gluing them to the cover. Here's the end result. I'm thinking I may try to make a few more books this way. Now I'm off to get some fish and chips.
Please feel free to offer any comments or information.
The Next Exploration
I think I figured out how to make a folio binding. Folding the spine as before I then pushed the edges down into the valleys. it creates that little groove on either side of the valleys. It's very easy to insert a photograph or a document into those grooves on the edges of the valleys. I tried sliding in a photo and was amazed at how well it stuck.
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