Hi – this is poki here with my latest mini book to share with you … the title says it ALL … I’m WILD about TEXAS! What I am most wild about is the wonderful wildflower season we have each Spring. It starts as early as mid February, and we can see gorgeous roadside flowers blooming densely until the end of May. We can thank Lady Bird Johnson (the wife of President Lyndon Johnson) for much of the interest in making the Texas roadsides a natural wonder! I love to photograph the beautiful flowers, and return year after year to some of the same places to photograph these beauties. I have made books, calendars, framed prints … almost anything I can think of with my photos for me personally, as well as gifts for family and friends, and a few items to sell at craft shows when I participate in them!
For today’s project I want to show you a neat little mini book with a rubberband binding. (I used black hair elastics that I got at my favorite dollar store!) I’ll start with my list of supplies:
chipboard sizes: 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ (2 pieces) and 1″ x 4 1/4″ (1 piece)
green cardstock 9 1/4″ x 4″ (to cover inside)
tan cardstock 9″ x 4″ (4 pieces) and 8″ x 4″ (1 piece)
adhesive of choice, I used Scortape and ATG tape runner but any adhesive will do
rubberbands (or hairbands)
printouts of cover paper(printed on HP brochure paper), cover art and page art (printed on Georgia Pacific cardstock)
Of course like most hybrid projects, this one started at my computer … I created cover paper, cover art work layout, and 10 flower layouts to use in my accordion book. Here is a sample of my pages
I started with two templates (made by me) one with the tag in the bottom left corner, and one with the tag in the bottom right corner. I used these templates to create a sense of continuity throughout the project. I used the tags to list the name of the flower, location where the photo was taken, and the date of the photo.
I printed the paper for the cover on HP brochure paper, and the photos for the cover and pages on George Pacific white cardstock. After the printouts were done, I began on the construction of the book. I used a covering technique that I have repeated over and over again many time, with great success most of the time. I started with my heavy duty chipboard cut to size (4 1/4″ square – 2 pieces and 1″ x 4 1/4″ piece) These pieces were hinged together with book binding tape (but I have used Duck tape successfully on other projects before … you just need tape that is dense enough to withstand being the hinge of your finished book)
Once your chipboard pieces are hinged then adhere the taped side down to the paper (so hinge will be on the outside of the book). Paper is cut diagonally at the corners, leaving just enough paper to cover the corners when you fold it around the chipboard and adhere it in place. (Cutting the diagonal removes some of the bulk so you will get a smoother fold).
Paper on back
Flipped over to show the inside
Wrap completed and adhered:
Next score your green cardstock where it will meet the “hinge” of your book cover and adhere it inside the chipboard cover. You can add your artwork to the cover, and set the cover aside for now.
Take 4 pieces of tan cardstock (9″ x 4″) and score them at 4″ and 8″. The final piece of tan cardstock (8″ x 4″) is scored at the 4″ position. Four of the pieces now have a one inch tab which you use to adhere them together. Put the 8″ x 4″ piece on last. Now you have an accordion folded album. Adhere your art pieces to the long accordion, then use adhesive to adere pg 1 & 2, then 3 & 4, etc, until your have a book with 5 pages. (For my next version of this book, I’m going to work on making pockets inside each page … but not this time) Slip the first band over the first page on the left and then slip it over the cover. Continue to slip bands into the crease between the pages and over the cover until you have completed all four bands. These bands may need to be adjusted on the binding (in that 1″ x 4 1/4″ piece in the middle of the cover.) Here’s my finished book
(I love the antique Zeiss camera that my father brought home from Europe in 1946 when he came home from the Army … don’t know if he ever really used it. It is now a precious piece of my collection! You may have seen it as a prop in my photos before!) . Here is a view of the inside of the book:
and a better view of the binding:
I hope my project inspires you to try a mini book of your own! If you do, please post it in the Hybrid gallery at The Digi Chick so that we can all see your book!
Other Articles by poki04:
- "Family and Friends" mini pocket book - September 29th, 2014
- It's SPRING and almost Easter! - April 18th, 2014
- It's almost BIRTHDAY TIME in my family! - February 21st, 2014
- Fussy cutting project ... long time coming! - January 31st, 2014
- Christmas Card keeper - December 2013 - December 20th, 2013