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BOOKFESSION: There is nothing better than the feeling of opening the first pages of a much-anticipated book.

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And I get an even better feeling, if that is possible being a crafter, because I have actually ‘created’ books.  I laugh now, because it’s a part of who I am, but one of my art classes in college included book binding.  It’s like the jokes about basket weaving… if you are part of the liberal arts (The liberal arts (Latin: artes liberales) are those subjects or skills that in classical antiquity were considered essential for a free person ) community you learn a whole bunch of ‘stuff’ from developing photos to print making, from sketching live forms to etching in stone and all of the other classic forms of creating art.

A book is a set of written, printed, illustrated or blank sheets made of ink, paper, parchment usually fastened together to hinge at one side.  I make mini scrap books, sketch books, and journals and mostly decorate existing note books to make them into something else… a re-purpose of sorts.

There are many ways to make books.

I make mini scrap books out of every day ordinary envelopes, folders, cereal boxes, fabric material and of course card stock.   I’ve stitched bindings with waxy floss and I’ve glued them together.  There are holes to punch individually by hand and insert binding ring clips and a little fun Bind It All machines that punches 8 perfect holes and you just insert a spiral ring binder to finish the job. You can tie up the edge with leather straps, ribbon or fiber and even heavy card stock.  Check out some of the fun edges in the picture below.

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Come visit me again, and see what else I discover about Week #5 ~ LIFE’S simple pleasuresbooks.

Good Books don’t give up all their secrets at once ~ Stephen King



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