Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Binding week - Karen

Karen is with us today with a little book and a step by step for Side Binding. This is a simple yet very effective technique. 

I have chosen to use a SIDE BINDING for my book.  
This is very simple and you can create some wonderful effects with different threads and beads.  
But I have just used thin ribbon so that you can see how it all looks.  
You can make this book any size but its not recommended that you make it too thick as its harder to make the holes.  
For my covers I cut 2 pieces of cardboard 13x9cm (from an old cereal packet) and cut 2.5cm off one end and 2mm off the other end of the same piece.  
This will give you a 'hinge'.  
To cover these pieces glue down onto paper (I used copier paper that I sprayed with Dylusions in Melted Chocolate, Rose Quartz and Vibrant Turquoise), placing the cut pieces as shown with a 2mm gap.

Cut your pages 13cmx8cm.  I used plain paper for this and also cut two to line the inside of the covers.  Now place your pages over the back making sure that the edges to be bound are all level and place the top cover over.  Hold together with clips.  

  Cut out, leaving a margin that you tuck over and glue to the other side.  The cover with two sections is the front.

Now make the holes for the binding.  I made three holes for my size book but you can make a many as you like, the principle is the same.  Bear in mind that you will need to be able to get your chosen binding thread through the holes three times.   

 Starting from the back bring your thread up through the top hole (leave a longish end for tying) , pass it over the top of your book and then up through the same hole.  Then take it around the edge and up the same hole again. 

 Now take your thread down through the second hole, around the edge and down through the second hole again.  
Take the thread around the edge and up through the second hole again.  
Repeat as many times has necessary depending on the number of holes you have on your book.

Bring the thread from the back 
1/up through the last hole, 
2/around the bottom, 
3/up through the same hole.   

 Then take thread down through the second hole and tie at the back.

To finish my book off I clear embossed a Script Stamp from my stash and added a paper tab with a painted Tando Creative Flower on top and used a magnet for closure.  
Treasure Silver was rubbed over the clear embossing and around the edges too.
Karen used
Dylusions Ink Sprays - Melted Chocolate, Rose Quartz and Vibrant turquoise
Treasure Gold - Silver
Basic Grey Magnetic Discs - Small

See you tomorrow


  1. What a great looking book. Thanks for the step by step pictures too.

  2. Lovely book, thanks for sharing :)

  3. Thank you for such clear instructions. Inspirational!

  4. Ooo, that's a very clever binding method ! And as result, you show us a very gorgeous book done from recycling stuff !! Thank you Karen for all the measures and clear indications (of course I have to try before it's completely clear haha :o) xx

  5. Great tutorial Karen and fab book, I'm making mini books at the moment so will try this method very soon.



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