Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The One with the Book Reviews Book

First of all, I feel like I've posted a lot of crafty things lately and not very many "what we've been up to" things. Well, Chris is still in dental school, he's on the morning schedule now so he leaves at 7am and gets home at 12:30pm. I leave for work at 1pm and get home at 6pm. So I see him for approximately four hours every week day. It's okay, we make those four hours count and we live for the weekends. Meanwhile, I'm still working from home for Scrapbook Trends in the morning and night and from 1-6 I'm still answering phones and filing paperwork at RBJ Software. Same ol' same ol'. Scrapbooking and crafting keeps my life interesting, hence the reason I blog so much about it, take it or leave it :)

Which brings me to the point of this post: over on the American Crafts blog I've got a project featured today. (Click here to see a lot more pictures of it, including the inside.)

It's a handmade book for writing book reviews. I took a bookbinding class in college and ever since then I’ve loved to make books by hand. You can use any kind of paper for the pages, including scrapbook paper. You can also make them for any purpose, so for my blog assignment which was to make an altered item based on a book, I thought, why not make a book to store my book reviews? Perhaps this will be the motivation I need to start reading books other than Harry Potter or Twilight! One particularly great thing about this type of binding (it's called Link Stitch) is that the book lays perfectly flat - so easy for writing in! I hope to teach another bookbinding class here soon, just have to get my ducks in a row.

Here are some links to make this book:
How to make a link stitch book
Template for book reviews labels
Link to my other handmade books

11 comments:

Courtney Baker said...

Oh I so want to learn that. I have a little book I keep reviews/lists of the books I've read. And you should totally read both of those series you mentioned. So good.

Miss Modular said...

Paige you're mad talented = malented

Amy Heller said...

OOOh, yeah! I want to learn how to make this book! Thanks for the link to the instructions! ;)

Erica said...

Paige, I love your book bindings!

Chris said...

I want one! I want one! I want one!

malm said...

Very cute Paige!

piradee talvanna said...

thanks so much for sharing this & inspirations, will definitely try this out! love it....

*reyanna klein* said...

Oh my!! I LOVE this little book. The design is just SO cute!!! Oh, these colors! Yummy. :-) Thanks for the links too!

Kelley Eubanks said...

I saw this on the AC Studio blog before I read your post... I as like... 'you go girl!'!!! :) Awesomeness!! I would love to be able to do this... I need to check out your links/tutorials!

Amber said...

Awesome idea Paige. First of all I totally agree about the Twilight books, I'm so addicted but trying to branch out! I'd love to learn book binding. I could make such an adorable homemade journal!

Mel Nunn said...

I love this little book Paige! How did you cut the funky shape of the pages? Do you have a cricut or something similar?