Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bind your own books!

Happy Saturday and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms! I hope everyone has a great day!

I was the blogger on the Bo Bunny blog yesterday and posted a very easy tutorial to bind your own books. It is so fun! I can't wait to make more. Since mother's day is coming up I felt a little sentimental and wanted to create something special for the pictures of Isabel on the day she is born. I can't believe she is almost 6 months old now - sniff, sniff. I chose to make a glue bound book because I have 30 pictures of her that I want to include in the book. I knew chipboard wouldn't work and since it was going to be so big I wanted it to be really sturdy. And sturdy it is! I flipped through that thing so many times and pressed on the pages while decorating the inside pages and the pages didn't even budge! The cover is  little flimsy because I just used pattern paper. Next time I think I will used chipboard for the covers and pattered paper for the inside pages.

I have so many ideas for books I want to make now though. I want to bind all Frances's artwork from school, a book with blank pages inside for Frances to draw in (then I won't have to bind the artwork- hehe!) and an abc book, and on and on and on.

Here is the book I created and the spine is actually glue bound like an actual book.

Here are some of the inside pages. Since the spine doesn't give at all (unlike rings or other chipboard albums) I had to to keep the pages relatively flat. I think this was the first time I haven't used foam tape on a layout- lol! I didn't mind keeping the pages plain though because I really wanted the focus on these pictures of Isabel on the day she was born. Plus I had a ton of photos so plain was fast!

I used the Bo Bunny Gabrielle, Olivia and Timepiece collections for this project. You can check out the tutorial HERE and create some of your own books!

Thanks for coming by!