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Today *cough*last friday*cough* my parents RAN AWAY (in a car) to a luuurvely place in Norfolk! Meanwhile I was at Dee’s house having fun with first Friday Crafts.

Also there was Suella! She’s so nice and we had great chats =D

Mais oui, at Dee’s house we did… BOOK BINDING!… well… Dee got around to binding HER book  but Suella and I couldn’t STOP chopping old books and paper!

We also ate nummy souP. And I  now want swede. Is that so wrong? AND I want sweet potato. And cabbage…  This, as they say, “has nothing to do with the price of fish”. But I DO!… By the way, my Wednesday self wants sweet potato and cabbage. My Friday- Tuesday selves wants swede.

What was I saying…

OH! Right, so I thought I’d packed my camera when I set off to Dee’s house… but I hadn’t! SO here are some pictures! and a how to!

Firstly, gather bobs, bits and stuff! These things will come in handy:

As well as:

Paper that has spaces that can be written on! Here there’s a leaflet or two,  paint charts, letters…

… old papers that can be re-used, envelopes from every day letters and occasion cards, pages from books that had a wire spine that had damaged and twisted, magazine picture pages, recipe pages… book pages… what else!??! I think you get the idea =)

I enjoy used boxes as book covers! Nonie and Dee were wonderful enough to donate her old biscuit box to me!

And here’s a box that once contained mini choccy mousses… oh the things my family help me with.

Cut the papers to DOUBLE the length of the front (or back) cover.
And don’t worry about any slightly stout or imperfect pages.

Out of habit I open envelopes down one side but if you open envelopes properly you can use some pritt stick or pva to glue the edge of closing to save having a huge triangle missing from part of your envelope…

Fold your papers in half and combine all of your new old odd pages in to strange and interesting mixed bunches!

… And have your puppy, Lady, sniff  the pages and inspect what you’re up to just as you take a photo for a tutorial…

place your pages in your book cover to check that the book isn’t too skinny (else your spine may will bend and weaken) or too fat. If it is you may have to add another bunch or two of paper… or remove a bunch or two… so that it’s easier to bind your book.

However, If you plan to stick things (pictures, menus, inspirational bits etc) in on to your pages at some point then a slightly skinnier book will make the book less *poof* later on, meanwhile you can cut an extra strip of card and glue it on either the inside or outside of your book spine (inside it will be hidden) to strengthen the spine.
ALSO! If you PREFER a thicker book you could sew a pretty button on to your book’s cover and sew some ribbon or thong (not THAT thong!) on the back cover and make yourself a little fastener to stop your thick book from popping open or taking up too much room in your bag.


Using a pencil and a ruler measure the width or your book cover’s spine and divide that measurement between the number of budles (of pages) you have and mark the fractions on the inside of the books spine, then draw lines down the inside of the books spine.

From this, measure half an inch from the top and bottom of the books spine, this, on the crossover, of lines, is where you should make your holes. Then, an inch and half towards the centre is where you should make another two holes.

On the middle fold of each bundles middle page is where you should measure and make the same holes so that you may then sew your bunglers to the spine.

This is the “Nonie’s Biscuit Box Covered Book” and on the other side of my book cover I stuck a picture I couldnt HELP but use! This picture was found in one of Dee’s old, unwanted book, FULL of gorgeously glossy egyptian pictures. And there’s an extra flap for me to stick down to cover my book spine stitching.

However, on a mini cereal box book, I prefer to look at the stitches, and have started sewing the spine using a co-ordinating colour of embroidery silk…

HERE are some other KICK BUM tutorials about the same thing… maybe they’re a little clearer in explaining =P

Cut Out and Keep 1

CO+K 2

AND this is where I stole my mini ceral box project. Except when I saw this project it was in a brilliant book (Eco Book!) Dee had borrowed from the library.

And finally Instructables!

GOOD LUCK! If you have a go or try a different method then let me know!

Written by Cherise

April 5, 2010 at 8:37 am

Mecking a book, innit.

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Heyup me duck!

Right, so… it’s Sunday, feeling blue, listening to Jon Richardson on the radio, going to Morag’s later for food, music and creativity with Alyn and possibly Magsy Malone, haven’t yet had breakfast, just being anti social indoors, up stairs, in me jimjams (check-out my Hucknall/Mansfield dialogue!).

I’mmmm making a book… usiinggg….

A MASS of old papers!

Such assss old appointment letters, old CVs etc, all of which have only been printed on to on ONE side

My old Hatch Programme (Hatch is an IMMNSE even that had me running around, clutching my event programme and making me look like a wild wide-eyed child searching for Santa Clause!)… ahem… so … yeah, again, only has print on one side. But seriously – GO TO HATCH!

I think the pinks will look good, mixed somewhere in there with all the white and cream papers =]

OLD ENVELOPES! It’s not like I can re-use them is it!?!?! Well… maybe I could… but I *shamefully* hardly EVER send letters… and it saves them from the recycling bin =]

Look at the browns! and the white ones have light blue print on the other side! If only I thought to do this with my old Christmas card envelopes!- COLOUR EXTREME!

MUSIC PAPERS! …Okay… so I could find these a new home… possibly with Nat Duncan, Baby Godzilla… The Shakes? but I’m  a bitch and want to use these to make interesting book pages. X-P < “screwing up face and sticking out my tongue like an eight year old” face.

… and besides, I’m not using MANY of them… *pout*

And FINALLY (say I can’t start a sentence with “and”? Try and stop me!)

…old notebook papers- I get given SO many flipping note books… my mum likes to haunt around Wilkos sales, even the before school sales, she then gives my nieces (her grand kids) LOTSA bobs and bits ready for school… but then gives me some books too… for some reason… anyone notice I’m 21? 22 in April… not sure I need school supplies…

So, these notebooks get wretchedly neglected, their wirery spines get all bent out of shape, the books rarely get used except for some errant words or phone numbers…

So I cut them to shape to FIT inside…

…a novelty sized cereal box!… I know, but humour me? Okay. In a book about making books I saw a set of books which had been made with covers from a novelty kid set of cereals.

I’m not sure it’s really, honest to god recycling if you buy something JUST to break it and make it in to something new- with a novelty look.

Anyway, just so you know, the cereals cost one pound something for 8 or 10 little boxes of cereal, most of which were awful and sugary… I’m SO sorry, I feel like I’m being a poo head today…

Maybe it was just karma that this happened…



So yes *cough* 20+ year olds, get your parents permission before using scissors.

And be careful when cutting papers to size to fit in your book.

And have some plasters in the house. I don’t. So this is the embarrassing result:

… I couldn’t find cellotape either. So holographic christmas tape, I suppose, is the next best thing.

Shh! Don’t tease me *hides*.

So… here I am with my needle and embroidery thread. I could probably use normal thread/cotton but I’m angsty, possibly from listening to blues music, so if it snapped I might scream.

Wish me luck? I’m bound to have many accidents with this needle.

I’ll be back with the result later today, or even tomorrow!

FEWK! Nearly half 2pm! I should go shower, dress, eat, and get on my way to Mystic Morag’s.



“Go AWAY Jon Bonamassa! I might CRY!… *clicks OK Go* Ahh… that’s better…”

Written by Cherise

January 31, 2010 at 2:27 pm

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