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In today’s post, I’m sharing a picture of my very first fabric covered book. 

My First Fabric Covered Book

My First Fabric Covered Book

Back in early May a good friend Crafty Nanna took pity on my lack of sewing skills and came round to get me started with sewing. She also very kindly left me a huge pile of fabric to play with. The fabric I covered the book with has a lovely suede finish. Very tactile, and would make great books for men. I covered the book board with a light layered of PVA and applied the fabric. The turn in’s on the corners were tricky, as if I applied too much glue it seeped through and marked the surface. 

Here is the book, once it has been decorated 

Fabric Covered book, decoarated with ATC

Fabric Covered book, embellished with ATC

I created an ATC using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Versa Fine in Onyx Black 

Stamps: Crafty Individuals; 204, Elusive Images; UA6GW0194; Words of Inspiration, Hero Arts; H2365 Old French Writting. 

Binding Style: The book is bound in my favorite Coptic Stitch using brown linen thread. The book is just over A7 in size, perfect for popping into your pocket. 

This piece fits in with this month’s theme of ‘F’ for The Virtual Crafting Challenge, ‘F’ for Fabric :) 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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Earlier this year I bought Tim Holtz book, Compendium of Curiosities. The other day I decided to have a go at some of the techniques he showed in there. 

Here are my results with Weathered Wood Grunge, although I did the technique using textured card, rather than Grungeboard but it still works. 

Weathered Wood Panel

Weathered Wood Panel

Small Weathered Wood Panel

Weathered Wood Panel

This is a little pamphlet stitched book that I created with one of those panels. 

Weathered Wood Grunge style book

Weathered Wood Grunge style book

As you can see, I used the sanding technique on the cover of the book, to add some more distressing. This is a great fun technique to do. Check out Tim Holtz book for instructions for how to create Weathered Wood Grunge. 

Given the embossing involved, this also counts as one of my pieces for this month’s Virtual Crafting Challenge. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for April 2010 is:

D

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the letter D.

Colours

  • Denim
  • Dune ie sandy tones

Products

  • Die Cuts
  • Dye Ink
  • Distressing Ink

Techniques

  • Distressing Surfaces
  • De-coupage
  • De-bossing
  • Dos a Dos (bookbinding)
  • Decorate – ie alter an already existing item.

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to share details of how to create the Star Book, I showed you in February.

Star Book Featuring Clarity Stamps

The star Book is a classic structure, with links to origami and also to book binding. It is quite simple to make and would be a very charming gift. With a different colour scheme this would also work as a hanging window ornament for Christmas. Would look wonderful in velum.

You Will Need

For the Construction of the Book

  • 6 sheets of paper (100 gsm or less) cut to perfect squares. I used Plain Pearl from the Paper Mill Shop
  • Craft Knife
  • Cutting Mat
  • 2 Pieces of Matt board or similar for the covers
  • Bone Folder

For Decorating the Book Pages

  • Rubber stamps. I’ve used Clarity Stamps CLNC24-E Ornate Corner and CLNC224-C Ornate Corner Small
  • Inks compatable to your choice of paper. I used Brilliance Coffee Bean BD-54

For Decorating the Cover

  • Versafine ink
  • Perfect Pearls in colours to co-ordinate with the project.  Iused Bronze
  • Ranger Acrylic Paint Dabbers. I used Gold

For Assembling the Book

  • Prit Stick, or glue compatible to the paper you used for your pages. A dry glue or double sided tape will prevent pages rippling.
  • Ribbon. Colour to co-ordintate to your project.

Method

Here is my video demonstration, to show the stamping and assembly of the book. I was inspired by an original demonstration by Barbara Gray on Create and Craft TV of a very similar book to this one. My book features different stamps to the one Barbara demonstrated in the show, and I have modified her original stamping too.

Links

Clarity Stamp Barbara Gray’s excellent rubber stamp company.

Graphicus also stock the Small and large sizes of the Ornate Corner stamps.

I hope you have enjoyed the film,  if you have any questions do leave me a comment.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for March 2010 is:

C

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the letter C.

Colours

  • Cream
  • Cerrulean

Products

  • Cuttlebug
  • Chipboard
  • Cardboard

Techniques

  • Collage
  • Coptic stitch; Bookbinding style
  • Concertina; Bookbinding/Papercraft

Surfaces

  • Card
  • Ceramic

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of the Star Book that I created, it features Clarity Stamps. This month’s theme for The Virtual Crafting Challenge is B. So I thought I’d make a Book :)

Star Book Featuring Clarity Stamps

Barbara Grey demonstrated a design similar to this, on Create and Craft in January 2010. I cut my paper to a smaller size than she mentioned, so instead of using the same stamp on the inside, I used a smaller version of the ornate corner.  My book also features different corner stamps to the one’s used in the original demo. 

Products Used

  • Stamps: Clarity Ornate Corner small and large
  • Paper: Pearl from Paper Mill shop
  • Ink: Brilliance; Coffee Bean
  • Mat board covers and Perfect Pearl powders

  

Thanks to Barbara for the inspiration, your stamps are wonderful and so versatile too. 

Links

  • Clarity Stamps Barbara Grey’s clear stamps. Excellent quality and very versatile.
  • Look out for Barbara Grey on Create and Craft, her next show is the first Sunday in March 2010. You can view the show and schedule on the same link. 
  • Graphicus also stock the two sizes of Ornate Corner stamps

This was great fun to make and quite quick too. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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Since this month’s The Virtual Crafting Challenge features the Letter B, it seemed a good time to gather my bookbinding video tutorials together for you. If you are new to bookbinding you will find this series a great place to get started.

How to Make and use A Piercing Template

A piercing template is simply a piece of card stock used to create a template or pattern of the holes that you want to pierce through your paper to prepare your book for sewing up. 

You Will Need

  • Cardstock cut to the same height as your book pages
  • Paper cut and folded, to the finished size you want your book
  • Linen thread (or embroidery thread if you’re stuck)
  • Block of  Bees Wax (or a candle)
  • Cutting Mat
  • Steel Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • Needle
  • Cork mat or foam mat
  • Bone folder

Method

The film below shows the creation of a piercing template. This is just an example to get you started, the placement of holes on your template will vary depending on the size of your book and the number of holes and the stitching pattern you are making.

If you have enjoyed this film or have any questions, do leave me a comment :) your feedback helps me discover what topics are popular and what films to make in the future.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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