Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Bookbinding Altered Element Design Team Project

paper & fabric
available from
Altered Element

As a new member of the Design Team over at
Altered Element
online shop

UK based art & craft materials for mixed media, creative textiles, paper crafting,

jewellery making, altered art, felting and more.

I was sent some beautiful paper & fabric to create a step by step guide
Pics of goodies used for books from Altered Elements:

What could be better than a mini notebook pictorial ...

Materials can be obtained from Altered Element:

Card / thick paper:

Bazzill Smoothies Cardstock A4 (can trim to required size)


Crushed Velvet Fabric - Off White/Pale Ivory

Scrim / muslin

Glue Stick

PVA Adhesive Super Plus - 150ml

Stamp pad:
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Tea Dye

Elastic Band (to hold book pages together while you work)
Cutting Tool (to trim paper/card)
Pencil (to mark with)
Bone folder / smooth object to press card folds
Glue brush

Note: can be any size you prefer
quite an easy format to use so no set size guides have to be followed
ones that are stated is the size I use for mini books (bag size)

Ribbons / lace can be used as ties or to adorn
Altered element also offer wonderful metal page corners
I will be adding pictures of book using these at a later date -
I think they really add to the antique eye candy!
Another extra goodie cosmic shimmer mister sprays- use ancient copper for pages,
a gentle spray across the pages, then rub ink stamp across page edge once dry.

(These following photos are books made with
my own fabrics & scrap paper)

measurements here are in Inches

scrim (muslin)

creative workshops

Bookbinding 1 - Tools Materials & Techniques - Rhomany

An online class teaching many forms of bookbinding in stages -
ie: Novice, intermediate, pro
Rhomany's class offers wonderful step by step videos & PDF's
well worth joining if you want to create various types of books
& gain knowledge from a professional

There are also many videos available, but I do prefer to also join a class and receive feedback..

Here are a couple, but do browse youtube for more ;-)
Enjoy x

Love & light Trace oxo


M.M.E. said...

I love making my own books. It takes a lot of work but there's just such a special feeling when you're done. And then you get to fill them with your words and drawings!

jasmoonbutterfly said...

totally agree, I cant wait to add little tipbits of lore ;-)
love & light
Trace x

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