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HANDMADE BOOKS
I LOVE TO MAKE BOOKS.  I'VE BEEN DOING IT FOR
AWHILE NOW.  I ESPECIALLY LOVE MAKING THE
COVERS AND ADDING EMBELLISHMENTS AND CORDS
TO ADD "PIZZAZZ".  I AM NOT A BOOKBINDER BUT I
ENJOY PLAYING WITH THE POSSIBILITIES OF BOOKS.  
I ALSO LOVE TO TEACH CLASSES WHERE WE MAKE
BOOKS.  MY MOTTO IS "PUSH THE LIMITS"!!!
HANDMADE  
BOOKS
I created this book in
Bellevue, Washington
at Beads and Beyond
with Karen Page.   
Creating this book
showed me that a
book is not just a
rectangle or square.  
Karen inspired me to
try other shapes for
books.  Since then,  I  
have created  books in
animal shapes, odd
shapes, triangles,
angels, ethnic figures,
or whatever shape I
wish.  
This is a very simple book with a cardstock
cover, simple binding techniques, collage,
watercolor and beads.  I added a cardstock
slip closure at the right of the book.  It is a
piece of cardstock about 3/4" wide the exact
height of the book and slips onto the edge of
the book, keeping the pages flat.
I painted the cover of this book with
layers of paint and used my rubber
stamps to add texture.  The book has a
wide slip closure.  I added a piece of
air-dry clay, wire beads, and shrink
plastic to make the closure more
interesting.  These embellishment
techniques are taught in my
embellishments classes.
This book is also very simple to do.  I painted
and rubber stamped two pieces of cardstock
for the front and back covers of the book.  I
cut rust colored cardstock the same length as
the cover, and about 3 inches wide.  I stamped
one of my texture stamps on the long strip of
cardstock.  I folded the 3" piece of cardstock
in half lengthwise and punched two holes in
the cardstock near two ends.   I cut pages  the
size of the book covers and punched holes in
the pages and covers to match the holes in
the binding.  I used raffia to bind the the edge
of the book by poking two or three lengths of
raffia  through all of the  holes.  I tied the raffia  
with several knots.  I  added air-dry clay
embellishments to the raffia.
I folded a piece of glossy cardstock for
the cover of this book.  I did a series of
rubber stamped images on the cardstock
and added additional paint.  I also glued
textured Angelina to the cover.  To finish
the book, I glued three buttons and a  
piece of chenille pipe cleaner wrapped
with yarn across the book.
This is a very simple cardstock book.  I painted
and rubber stamped the cover.  The pages
were stapled into the book.  I glued several
lengths of yarn to the book and then  glued  a
piece of air-dry clays over the yarn.
I used cardstock for the cover of this book.  I
folded the cardstock in half and added a
piece of painted cheesecloth and a piece of
copper.  I created a slip closure and then
glued on yarn and an air-dry clay piece to
the slip closure.   This is the easiest book
that I do.  The pages are cut slightly smaller
than the cover and then folded in half, and
slipped into the folded cover.  I staple the
pages in place with a stapler with a long
throat.    The key elements for this book are
the embellishments on the cover.
This book is like the two books on the
right in that it is also a stapled book.  It
is a doll shape that starts with one of my
rubber stamps.  I cut the cover shape
first and then cut the pages to go into
the book.  I painted and rubber stamped
the back and front covers.  I added an
air-dry clay face that was created with a
press in mold from Amaco.  Doll books
are really fun to do.
The book above and below were created at
the same time.  I painted the covers and
then added rubber stamped images.   They
are stapled books, so they are very easy to
create.   I made horizontal slip closures and
glued air-dry clay pieces to them.   I
dangled laminated pieces created with my
Xyron to the slip closures to finish the
books.
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