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June 28, 2011


Handmade Book Tutorial DIY


Thought I'd show you a closer look at the project I made during my recent Craft and Tell party for Elmer's. I decided to make a simple handmade book with sheet music and chipboard sheet.

handmade book tutorial
I folded the sheet music and chipboard sheet in half. If you don't have chipboard sheet, cardstock is a good alternative.

handmade book tutorial Next, I used an x-acto knife and cutting mat to cut the folded sheet music to a desired width.
handmade book tutorial Next, I cut the folded chipboard sheet, and then also cut the sheet music at the non-folded ends to fit the chipboard sheet.

handmade book tutorial Next, I inserted the cut sheet music into the cut chipboard sheet and then poked two holes at the fold throgh all the layers and threaded a piece of red string through the holes and tied.

handmade book tutorial Next, I adhered pieces of vintage wallpaper on the inner spread to cover the inner front cover and first page area. These types of papers adhered in this manner are called end papers. I did the same thing at the back of the book to adhere the inner back cover and last page of the book. Once the end papers were adhered, I applied strokes of white gesso here and there.

handmade book tutorial On the inner pages, I adhered small scraps of ledger paper, followed by light strokes of white gesso.

handmade book tutorial Here's how the book looks from the back.

handmade book tutorial On the front, I added papers, gesso, and some doodles with pen and graphite pencil, with small dots of paint.

Handmade book tutorial And there you go. A small handmade book ready to be journaled in.

Happy creating. :)

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