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Today I will share a tutorial of how to make a Moo card holder.

The finished Accordian

If you have not heard of Moo’s before, they are little cards that have the measurements 2.8 x 7cm and feature a picture on one side and contact details of the owner on the other. In some cases they are used simply as business cards featuring a personal photo on the picture side, but crafters and artists have adopted these as a new way to swap their artistic creations and their contact details, along the lines of Artist’s trading cards but on a smaller format.

Since this is a long tutorial I have broken it into smaller bite size parts.

Part Two;  http://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2008/06/10/tutorial-moo-card-holder-featuring-the-scor-it-board-part-two/

Part Three;  http://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2008/06/10/tutorial-moo-card-holder-featuring-the-scor-it-board-part-three/

Part Four;  http://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2008/06/10/tutorial-moo-card-holder-featuring-the-scor-it-board-part-four/

The tutorial is for an Accordian style book. If you have any questions or comments please use the box below and I will be pleased to hear from you.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie xx

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This tutorial is intended to be read in order, if you have not read the earlier parts, please click here to take you to the introduction. From there you will find links to all the parts of this tutorial.  http://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2008/06/10/tutorial-moo-card-holder-featuring-the-scor-it-board-part-one/

Here is the first installment of the instructions for how to make a Moo Card Holder.

To follow this tutorial you will need;

  • One strip of card 4cm x 64 cm
  • Two pieces of matt board or heavy cardstock 5cm x 9 cm
  • Two pieces of decorative paper 7cm x 11 cm
  • Photo corners, mine are clear and self adhesive
  • Piece of ribbon 48 cm long
  • Double sided tape
  • Glue I used PVA but if you could use a glue stick or wheat paste, depending on the type of cover paper you wish to use.

To follow the Moo card holder tutorial you will need 

All the pieces assembled and ready to go.

 

 Scor it Board and tools 

I will be using a Scor It board for scoring the lines in this project. If you do not have one yet, you can still follow along and score your lines using a scoring tool and ruler.

 

 Scoring the card using Scor It board 

1.  Score your long piece of card at 8cm in from one end. Move the paper across the board until the scored line is level with the 8cm mark and score again. Repeat this across the whole length of the card. You will have made 7 score lines across your card.

 

Folding accordian pages 1 

2.  Take the left hand end of the cardstock and fold it so the edge of the card lines sup with the centre fold in the card. Use a bone folder to reinforce the score line you made earlier.

 

 Folding Accordian pages 2 

3.  Now take the same edge, and fold it back on itself, to meet the left hand end.  Use a bone folder to reinforce the score line you made earlier.

 

Folding Accordian pages

4.  Take the right hand end of the card, fold this to meet the centre fold. Use a bone folder to reinforce the score line you made earlier. Then take the same end and fold it back on itself till it lines up with the right hand end. Use a bone folder to reinforce the score line you made earlier. Your card now looks like this.

 

Folding accordian pages 

5.  TURN THE ENTIRE PIECE OVER, but do not unfold anything as you do this. Your piece will now look like this.

 

Folding Accordian Pages 

6.  Fold the LEFT hand edge in towards the centre fold line. Use a bone folder to reinforce the score line you made earlier.

 

 Folding Accordian pages 

7.  Fold the RIGHT hand edges in towards the centre fold line.  Use a bone folder to reinforce the score line you made earlier.

 

 Folding accordian pages 

8. TURN THE ENTIRE PIECE OVER, but do not unfold anything as you do this. Then fold the piece in half. Use a bone folder to reinforce the score line you made earlier.

 

What folded accordian pages look like 

9.  When you let go, if viewed from above the edges of the card will look like this. A zig zag pattern.

 

Adding photo corners 

10.  Place your photo corners on each page; these will hold the Moo cards in place.

 

If you struggle getting the photo corners in the right positions try this;

  • Put the photo corners on to a blank moo card
  • Place the moo card on the page where you would like it to be
  • Press the photocorners onto the page to secure them
  • Carefully remove the Moo card and the photocorners will be in the correct place.
  • Repeat this for the remaining pages.

 

Now go have a cup of tea and let all that sink in and when you are ready, come back and try Part Three;  http://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2008/06/10/tutorial-moo-card-holder-featuring-the-scor-it-board-part-three/

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie xx

 

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This tutorial is intended to be read in order, if you have not read the earlier parts, please click here to take you to the introduction. From there you will find links to all the parts of this tutorial.  http://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2008/06/10/tutorial-moo-card-holder-featuring-the-scor-it-board-part-one/

If you have read the earlier parts of the tutorial you will now have;

Folded the pages for your book

It is now time to create the covers for your book.

Matt board on cover paper 

12. Place your decorative cover paper pattern side down on the table. Cover your matt board piece with gue and place it in the centre of the piece of decorative paper. Press firmly and ensure the paper lies flat to the board. 

 

Folding in the long side

13. Run a line of glue along the edge of the board and spread this out to the edges of the paper. Bring the decorative paper up and over the matt board and smooth flat.

 

 Nipping in the corners 

 14. On the ends of the matt board run the bone folder up across the edge of the paper as shown, to form a little crease. This will give you a neat fold on the ends. Be GENTLE it is very easy to tear wet paper.

 

 The result of nipping in corners

15. This is what the crease will look like.

 

Two long sides folded in 

16. Repeat steps 13-15 for the other long edge. Your project will now look like this.

 

The boards completely covered 

17. Repeat steps 13 on both the short ends and your project will now look like this.

18. Repeat the entire process for the second piece of matt board and you will now have both your covers ready for assembly.

 

If you have used a wet glue such as PVA to adhere the cover paper;

  • Wrap each cover seperately in waxed paper
  • Place both the covers under a weight at least over night, but until they feel dry before you proceed to assemble your book. This will prevent your book from curling.

 

 You are now ready to assemble your accordian book. When you are ready please follow the link to read Part Four;  http://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2008/06/10/tutorial-moo-card-holder-featuring-the-scor-it-board-part-four/

Thanks for reading

Billie xx

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Welcome Back

This tutorial is intended to be read in order, if you have not read the earlier parts, please click here to take you to the introduction. From there you will find links to all the parts of this tutorial.   http://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2008/06/10/tutorial-moo-card-holder-featuring-the-scor-it-board-part-one/

If you have read the earlier parts of the tutorial you will now have;

  • Folded pages.
  • Two cover boards.

Here we go, we are now going to assemble your accordian book that will be your Moo card holder.  

Double sided tape to hold the ribbon closure 

19. Select the piece that you would like to be the BACK cover of your book. Decide where you would like your ribbon closure to be positioned, and then place a piece of double sided tape across thecover board to hold the ribbon.

 

Attaching the ribbon closure 

20. Remove the backing from the double sided tape, centre your ribbon on the tape and press the ribbon down on to the tape to ensure a good fix.

 

 We will now attatch the book’s pages to the cover boards.

 

 Attaching the cover boards 

21. Apply glue to the back of the BACK page of your folded accordian pages. Press this firmly on to the back cover. If you have used a wet glue place a piece of waxed paper between the last two pages before you move on.

22. Place your front cover board on the table, apply glue to the page that is now at the top of the book, bring this top page over and place this neatly onto the inside of the front cover. Press this firmly on to the front cover. If you have used a wet glue place a piece of waxed paper between the first two pages before you move on.

If you have used wet glue (PVA or similar) remember to have waxed paper in between the newly glued pages and the rest of the book, front and back. Wrap your entire book in waxed paper and leave to dry under a flat weigh. You could use a pile of books if you do not have a press. Leave the book under the weight until the glue is dry.

 

The finished Accordian 

Tie your ribbon closure and your Moo Card Holder is complete.

This is how mine finished up.

 

Congratulations you have now completed an Accordian book. By altering the dimensions you can create albums to suit whatever sized pictures you wish to store. How about making a similar one for ATCs.

 

If you follow this tutorial do send me a link to what you have created. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to use the box below. 

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie xx

 

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Today I will share my first attempt at Noble Binding also know as Koki Toji. I made this book on 15/16th May 2008.

Japanese Stab binding; Noble Binding; My First Try

This book is A6 in size and has twelve white plain pages. The thread used was Barbour No 18 cord 3 pre coloured black, it came un-waxed and I waxed it before I sewed up the book. As I mentioned yesterday I am limited to the number of pages I can use until I have a stand for a Dremel drill.

Instructions for this bind, that I followed, can be found in Volume I Non Adhesive Binding; Books without Paste or Glue by Keith Smith. There is a link to Keith’s website in the side panel of this blog labeled ‘Bookbinding Links’

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie xx

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Over the next few days I will be sharing my Japanese stab bound books with you. They were created a couple of weeks ago now, and a couple of them have been decorated.

The first one is the Japanese 4 Hole Binding also know as Yotsume Toji

I have used ranger Adirondack inks on the stamped piece, for the background. Versafine Onyx Black for the main image and spritzed over the entire piece using Perfect Pearls in a Mini Mister.

This turned out better than I had hoped and I was pleased with this for a first attempt. This book is A6 in size, and has twelve white pages. I will try making thicker books when I have a stand for my Dremel drill. At present I am only using a needle tool to make the holes, so I am piercing the two cover boards, then using a cover board over half the pages and piercing through those. I then repeat this for the remaining pages. Once I have a drill stand, it should be possible to clamp the entire book together and drill through everything in one step.The thread I have used is Barbour No 18 cord 3, which is pre coloured black. I have waxed it myself before sewing.

Instructions for this bind, that I followed, can be found in Volume I Non Adhesive Binding; Books without Paste or Glue by Keith Smith. There is a link to Keith’s website in the side panel of this blog labeled ‘Bookbinding Links’

Hope you like it too, more soon

Best wishes

Billie :)

P.S My wonderful husband has fixed the issue with the blog so I won’t be dissapearing for a bit after all. I will still be uploading to the blog but it is worth checking the archives sections as if it is possible to post to old dates I will be putting the articles from the old blog on here under the dates they were originally published on the spaces blog. I’ll try and post a list at then end of each week of any posts added to archives should you wish to review them.

Thanks for reading and see you next time xxx

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I apologise for my absence, I am having technical issues. Yesterday I lost a battle of wills with Photoshop so I wasn’t able to post what I had planned to. I was hoping to post pictures of the Japanese stab bound books that I made last week, but after 30 odd attempts the pictures are still fuzzy! When I can get a good clear photo I shall show you how they turned out. Then yesterday I did something silly on here and it has taken hubby till now to put it all right for me OOOPS!! I’m not so good with technology. I have stamped a nice piece I want to use for my banner, I need to find a way to get it onto the computer and then I can add text with Photoshop and make this blog banner a bit more personal.
Back the plot…
**If this blog inspires you to try bookbinding for yourself,  I will be listing equipment needed, and some reviews of the books that have been most useful to me so far. If you are already into paper crafting you are likely to already have most of the tools and equipment needed for bookbinding.  
 
If you aren’t already into paper crafts you won’t need piles of equipment, the following are a list of all you will need to get you started.
 
  • Mountboard; for making book covers. Once you get into it and want to make larger books Grey board or Davey board is a heavier grade of card that is more suitable for larger projects. These cardstocks are available from good art suppliers.
  • PVA glue: for gluing on covers.
  • Cutting mat; this is essential as it protects your work suface as well as being less wear on your craft knife.
  • Craft knife; you would be best served by getting a chunkier one of these from a DIY store for cutting the mountboard but your usual scalpal stye will be fine for thinner cardstock and paper.
  • Steel ruler; the ruler needs to be made of metal to prevent your knife sliceing into it.
  • A set square is good if you are looking to make your books nice and squared up.
  • Sewing needle; there are special bookbinding needles available but if you are just starting you can use tapestry needles.
  • Thread; I cannot stress enough how much of a difference you will notice to your finished results if you use good thread. Linen threads are available from the sites listed in my links section. Run your chosen thread over beeswax for a much crisper finish.
  • Bees wax; You will need this to help your thread run nicely through the papers and also hold its knots nice and tightly.
  • A couple of solid wooden boards and a pile of books; these are so you can press your book as it drys, this prevents it curling as it dries.
  • A bone folder; this tool will help keep your folds nice and crisp and again give you a much better finish to your project.

One thing you will need lots of is scrap paper, each time you glue a surface, you need to discard the scrap paper so you don’t transfer glue on to areas of your project where you don’t need it. The best thing to use for scrap paper is blank newsprint, it is available from house moving companies. I got about 500 sheets A2 size for about £12 and you can put it in the recycle bin after you have used it. The most important thing is NOT to use printed papers as your scrap paper for gluing on. As the paper becomes wet the ink will bleed onto your project and ruin it.**

I think that’s long enough for today. Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie x

**Edited from a post previously posted on the old blog 12th February 2008**

 

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