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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.  The
se 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 s
tamped
one of my texture stamp
s on the long strip of
cardstock.
 I folded the 3" piece of cardstock
in half
lengthwise and punched two holes in
t
he cardstock near two ends.   I cut pages  the
size of the b
ook 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 paint
ed 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.   The
y
are stapled books, so t
hey are very easy to
create.
  I made horizontal slip closures and
glued air-dry clay pieces to the
m.   I
dangled laminated pieces created with my
Xyron to the slip closures to finish the
book
s.
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