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September 27, 2007

Thursday musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:24 am

Good afternoon readers.

It’s overcast here and the sky is threatening rain, which we need badly, but I think it’s just being a big tease again. Ok…as I was writing this it started to pour outside…go figure.

My book swap partner finally recieved her book from me so I can show you photos of it. Yeah!

I played around with some new techniques on this one. I used a modified case binding structure. I had been looking for ways to simplify my bindings to stream line the process of making multiples and I gave this tutorial by Dave the Designer a try. I ended up modifying it slightly. The big diff. in the way Dave makes his books and a more traditional case bound book is that the block is rounded but not backed. I actually like the appearance of the book.

The spine decoration was done with a wood burning tool. I used this tutorial as guideline to burn my initial design onto the leather. I then dyed and painted it with acrylic paint and gave it a couple coats of acrylic varnish. The leather is fairly thick so I did have to skive/pare the edges for a smoother turn in.

Here are the specs….
The book is 7.5″ tall x 8″wide, it has 40 leaves of hand torn Stonehenge paper, Canson MiTientes endsheets. The spine is leather with hot tooling and acrylic paint. The cover is decorative scrapbooking paper. It has hand sewn headbands and ribbon bookmarks with glass leaf beads.

My swap book 1

My swap book 2

My swap book 3

My swap book 1

I hope everyone has a great day.

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  1. this book is beautiful! I’m sure your swapmate was so pleased.

    I’m so new to book making, so my question may be a bit silly.
    I want to know how to deckle all the edges when I’m preping the paper.
    Do you use any special tool? Are you just ripping all the edges?
    (I think this is what its called when you cut it with a knife blade.
    thanks for your help.

    Comment by jacky brown — September 29, 2007 @ 6:25 am
  2. Jacky,

    Hi. Thanks for the compliment on my book. If you have time you should join in the new swap over on the forum. Everyone of every skill level is welcome.
    You can buy special rulers that have an edge for deckling but they can be expensive. I just use a plain heavy metal ruler that for tearing the paper. Any metal ruler should work. When tearing heavy paper work slowly.

    Hope this helps.


    Comment by jackie — September 29, 2007 @ 8:02 am
  3. Jackie, this is just gorgeous. You do beautiful work!


    Comment by BookGirl — September 29, 2007 @ 5:21 pm
  4. Clara,

    Thanks. :o)


    Comment by jackie — October 2, 2007 @ 6:55 am

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