After being properly scolded by Elizabeth, here is the supply list:
- book large enough to fit your ATC’s
- x-acto knife or other cutting blade
- cutting system such as guillotine or fiskars rotary cutter
- white glue or gel medium
- paint brush
- tissue paper or dress pattern(optional)
- rubber stamps(optional)
- ink pads(optional)
- Japanese screw punch or awl
- thread or fibers for binding
- large needle
- decorative beads(optional)
- something to protect your work surface
Next I coated both sides of the cover with gesso and set aside to dry.
At this point the gesso on the cover had dried and I was ready to make them pretty. I love using dress patterns for texture. As an added bonus it acts as a reinforcement. I simple spread out white glue and pat the pattern tissue gently down then set aside to dry.
I used a Japanese screw punch for my holes. You could also use an awl. You just don’t want the holes too big. I’m using the smallest bit my screw punch came with. BTW-the hole gets plugged when cutting through multiple layers. I keep a needle near by to dig out the tiny little circles plugging the punch.
I used my guide to make the holes in the book binding as well.
Go through the outside of the book cover, slip in a bead then go back through the top hole in the cover and signature.
Next go back through the center hole to the outside, slip on a bead and then go back through the remaining hole of the set.
It should then look like this. Take the needle and go under the complete flat loop then tie the loose ends tightly in a knot. You’ve just completed your first signature. Go back and do it 3 more times.
The way I do the pamphlet stitch binding isn’t exactly that way the tutorials out there would have you do it but it’s the way I do. I’d encourage you to do a search and check out the other techniques if mine seems unclear. There are video tutorials out there as well.
A few end notes…
- I made sure my book was large enough to accommodate ATC’s in portrait and landscape orientation.
- Be sure to leave at least 1/8 space between the 2 sections of pages so they actually turn.
- Keep in mind that you’ll the book will become twice it’s size or more once the ATC’s are loaded. I use photos corners to mount my ATC’s.