As regular readers will know, I have not been able to create for a while, no energy, no mojo. BUT I have been writing poetry as a way to express my feelings and to heal. With Mothers Day coming up, I printed some of my poems out and bound them in a book for my Mother in Law. For those of you who write and would like to create your own books, here is how I went about it.
My first printed Poetry book
OK I appologise now for not including pictures with this, book needed to go into post, so I didn’t have time to photograph it but hey.
First I created a Word document. Added a cover page, a blank page for a table of contents and then began to write out the poems.
I gave each poem a new page, wrote in the title, highlighted it, then; clicked on Styles and selected Heading 1 for the title of the poem but I could have used Title too. Do this for every title in the document.
After writing in the verses, I put in a mark for a paragraph, to add a little space and then used ‘Insert’ and ‘Page break’ after each one. The meant each poem would have its own page.
Table of Contents
After doing this for all my poems; I went back to my blank page to create a table of contents. To do this; as long as you used the styles box for each of your poems titles.
- Click on styles box,
- Click on the headings you want to include in your table of contents
- Click where you want your table of contents to be, (on my blank page at the start of the book)
- On ‘References’ tab, choose ‘Table of Contents’ and from the drop down menu, you can choose a layout style you like.
Hey presto, all your poem titles are listed as well as their page numbers if you change the order of the poems after you create your table of contents, be sure to go back to that page and click on ‘References’ and the ‘Table of contents’ again, a box appears that says update table, choose; Update entire table.
Check out visual details on Microsoft word help pages
Printing A4 collection of pages into an A5 Booklet
Now for whatever reason, I was not able to follow the video tutorial on this for Word 2007 as I just didn’t have the same options on my Pages box that was shown on the video BUT there is always more than one way to do some thing so… I checked the book was ready to print, everything typo checked etc and looking as I’d like it too. Then I saved it as a PDF version.
Then I followed these instructions for how to print my A4 document out in what would be folded to create the A5 book. My thanks to Michael J. Brighton at the Kent Archery Association, for creating these instructions. Booklet Printing
I went for single sided printing and put it back into the printer to print the second side afterwards and it worked fine
There were only 16 pages to my book at 4 sides per A4 page it was thin enough to bind in a single signature. I used pamphlet stitch to bind my resulting book. Another time, I will add additional chapters to my book and bind them with Coptic stitch to create a thicker book that will open easily and lay flat on the table for comfortable use.
Checkout my tutorials for basics of preparation for bookbinding and then to bind using Pamphlet stitch try Sea Lemon for easy ideas. See my Bookbinding tutorials by others for options for binding styles.
I hope you give this a try, and check out the bookbinding tab at the top of the blog for lots of resources, supplies, and tutorials.
Best wishes and thanks for reading,