I wrote this tutorial for the Kenner Road blog. It's a quick run-down of how to put together the structure for this mini book:
- 7gypsies Book Covers
- Scrips and Scraps
- Sewing Machine
- Gel Medium (or other strong adhesive)
- Bone Folder
- Corner Punch
- Binder Clips
STEP ONE: Create the Cover Base
The book covers from 7gypsies are 5.5x7 inches, so that's why my cover is the size it is. I cut a piece of cardstock to 7x12 inches and then scored it to create a 1 inch wide spine. You can see the score marks a little more easily in this photo:
You'll also need to round the corners of your cover (because the 7gypsies book covers are rounded and we want this base to fit the covers perfectly).
Put together a stack of "pages." They should be 11 inches long and 6.5 inches tall to fit in your book. You can use plain paper, scraps, fabric, whatever you'd like. My stack is 5 pages high. As you can see, I used binder clips to hold it together and keep things from shifting around. I also used a pencil and a ruler to draw a line straight down the center of the signature. This is my stitching line.
STEP THREE: Fold the Signatures
STEP FOUR: Stitch the Signatures Into the Cover Base
Use a pencil and a ruler to mark the inside of your spine on the cover base. Make marks every 1/4 inch. Sew your two signatures at the 1/4 inch and 3/4 inch marks. Here's a photo of the signatures stitched into the cover base:
STEP SIX: Attach the Covers
I used gel medium to adhere the 7gypsies covers to the back and front of my cover base. I used binder clips to hold everything together while it dried.
All that's left now is to cover up that ugly spine!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know if you have any questions!
Finally, I thought I'd share some sneak peeks of the March kit from Kenner Road:
Thanks for stopping by!