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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Little notebook

I had been wanting to try my hand at a book. Don't know why just because!
This is all the bits gathered together.
The cardboard is re-cycled from Amazon, the inside paper is from one of the childrens long ago school books. (see I don't chuck much out!) and the mixed media painted paper that is going to be the cover was from a class that I took a couple of years ago. So no spends.


I sewed the papers together and then cut a narrow piece of calico and stuck it along the inside edge which then was glued to the spine of the book. The ribbon was stuck on and some plain stiff raspberry paper was glued onto the inside cover (I buy a book of large plain coloured paper in the cheapy shop usually in the kiddies section, it is very handy for all sorts of crafts.

The finished book. It looks a lot better in the photo than in real life (have to be honest!) It has got some creases on the back which wouldn't come out. The size isn't all that big and there arn't many pages in it.

I have to admit I didn't really know what I was doing, so I winged it and did loads of things wrong, glued my hands lots of times and generally got quite frustrated with it all....BUT I got it out of my system and maybe if I make another one I might remember where I went wrong (loads of times!) or I could read a book on how to do it properly!! (which sounds like a really good idea to me!) or just get a Tesco notebook and put a different outer cover on.....hmm that sounds like an idea.

I was trying to cram some more goodies into my craft cupboard so had to re-arrange items. Here is a photo of all my glues.
I first started off using the stick type paper glue, progessed to craft glue and then PVA and gradually added the others on bit by bit. I found the wood glue in Llidles and have used it quite a bit for things other than glue as well. The spray tins are very useful for patchwork type of things,the 505 I use to hold the quilt/batting/backing together instead of pins does the job brilliantly.  I havn't used the E6000 yet, I believe its brilliant for gems/jewels. So now you know why my fingers keep getting gummed up!

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19 comments:

  1. Maybe you should buy a box of rubber gloves to go with the glue stash. Just a thought. :0)

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  2. I have to disagree with your comment on my blog. I think your notebook is fab! I love the colours of the cover and the ribbon to fasten it. I use a lot of Pinflair glue - another one to add to your collection - great for fabrics, raised work, gems and generally fixing stuff round the house!

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  3. The book looks lovely, so maybe you're being too hard on yourself! All projects are learning curves if you've never done them before, though! x

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  4. I think the book looks great! First time I do things I tell myself 'this is the prototype' - next time you make one you will be more pleased - but honestly it is great! Mich :)

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  5. How clever and frugal of you!

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  6. I think the book looks great, and the best way to learn is just to do it! The colour is really pretty.

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  7. It looks gorgeous-and even better that it cost you nothing!

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  8. What a difference a cover makes, beautiful

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  9. Well done for trying it! The cover is gorgeous!

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  10. I love your book... and the only thing missing from your glue collection is a glue gun... get one, it is great fun and brilliant for project like this. I am about to do a tute on an etui box and that is just glue central so my gun is already quivering in anticipation!

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  11. The book looks great, stop being so hard on yourself! I love the colours of it. x

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  12. This book is great - well done :-) I make notebooks for my shop and it took me ages to perfect the technique. I have lots of prototypes that weren't quite right in one way or another, but each time you make one you learn something new. And yours looks fab for a first attempt (honestly, you should have seen mine!).

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  13. The book is great, love that you made it of recycled items. I think I'm starting to collect a range of glues similar to yours, struggling to find space for my craft stash!

    Samantha x

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  14. I think you are being very critical of yourself. Your book looks really lovely. I must have a go at making a book again. It sounds strange, I have only made one before but my favourite bit was sewing together the pages. I found it very satisfying for some reason!

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  15. I love that you have used things you kept from years ago! I am awful and throw everything out but maybe I should take a leaf out of your book X

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  16. A great notebook, totally unique and if someone asks where it came from you can casually say 'I made it'!
    Jo x

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  17. I think it's fabulous Penny! If it doesn't have many pages in it, it would make a great diary for someone who's enthusiastic about keeping a diary for the first couple of weeks of the year... now who would that be?!!

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  18. Nice efforts! I know the glue feeling. My metal frame purses seem to end up with glue everywhere except where I want it!

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