Friday, March 23, 2012

Don't judge a book by it's cover

I downloaded a free book on my kindle that was all craft projects. In it I found directions for making your own books and I was intrigued. So far I've only made one but I'm planning on doing more to use as gifts.

The directions call for using fabric for the cover but I suppose you could also use scrapbook paper. I decorated the front with a few fabric yo-yo's, silk leaves and a little raffia.

Using plain paper I printed half the sheets with lines and for this one I used a picture of my friend Debbie's adorable Dixie. 

The inside sheets are bound in 4 stacks of 8 sheets of paper. After my book was completed I opened it up to admire my work. To my shock, I discovered that I had put the last stack of paper in upside down.
Seeing as how this was my first one and with the exception of that little error, it didn't turn out too bad, I still gave it to Debbie. Next time I think I will definitely double check all four stacks before I bind them together.
Tomorrow I have another "don't judge a book by it's cover story".


  1. That's just plain damn amazing! do you bind it??? Dang - that is so cool.

  2. What a great gift...I have a kindle...can you let me know what book it was you downloaded so I could see if I can get it and have a go too??

  3. That really is a great book. The upside down gives it the personal feel. Good stuff. Have a great day.

  4. This is one amazing project. I think it would be a lot of fun to make them. And in my opinion, you did a super job!!! I'm sure Debbie appreciated your gift.

    And as I type this comment, I see sweet Duke looking up with his feet on the furniture in my vision...he's so cute!

  5. You've opened my eyes, I never thought of craft books for a kindle.
    Thought Duke would have to get in there. lol

  6. You did a terrific job Ann! Very fun! The last page makes it extra special. ;)
    xo Catherine

  7. how did you bind it? sewing? glue? staples? i love the cover of it

  8. Great, great, great! Ditto, ditto, ditto - how did you bind it, what is the name of the book and brava on ALl the pages. :)

  9. Well, what a wonderful idea that is!

  10. Wow! That was an excellent attempt. xx

  11. How beautiful! I love the colors you used for it!

  12. Friday, 23rd March 2012

    Dear Ann,

    Thank you so much for reading my latest story about the troll and the faerie princess.

    Glad you are learning bookbindning. You can make lovely gifts that way. Another project that you can combine with bookbinding is marbelising paper. Making patterns on paper that look like marble or swirls.
    I've done that, but I haven't learned bookbinding yet, evenif I think I know approximately how to do it. Hope you have good equipment. A good press to hold the pages.
    Best wishes,

    For thr benefit of other readers:
    Anna's RFW-challenge No. 34 'She wears my ring'

  13. Amazing!! You are SO Talented! I wouldn't know where to begin something like that!
    Happy weekend!

  14. It look so professional,Ann! Would you do a tutorial? I have been looking for way to bind book. I'm sure other will want to learn how to bookbinding too.

  15. Beautiful job! This would make a great gift.

  16. How adorable, except for the upside down part. You are so talented.

    Day one of four off. Enjoy every minute. My best to Duke. :)

  17. I first made a book in grade school in Girl Scouts, and have made quite a few since then. I find it very satisfying.

  18. I love that book even with the upside down pages! How'd you bind it? (Heard that question before?) Pretty dang cool Ann!

  19. Wow! That book is so great! I love how you added the pic of the cute! I wanna make one!!!

  20. Now that is one very creative piece of work. I am always in awe of what you do. And, to have little Duke in there gives it that extra little loving touch :)

  21. I really do love that Ann - you did a GREAT job! sandie


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