MY TAG BOOK
This is my finished book. The cover is made from a vinyl scrapbook paper that I have had for years. I brought it to use one day for a book cover. This is that day. The metallic butterflies I have also had for quite some time. I have been saying them for something special. This is that day. The cover of a special book filled with my friends art. The flowers and leaves I made myself. I cut them from metallic scrapbook paper and gift bags to match the metallic butterflies. Gift bags are a great resource for paper crafting. I spent days dry embossing and assembling the flowers and leaves.
No book would be complete without a title. I titled mine "My Friends Art" because that is what it is. I also added "Vol. 1." because hopefully there will be another just like it a twin "Vol. 2".
THE INSIDE OF THE FRONT COVER
This is the inside of the front cover. The paper is scrapbook paper that once again I have had for a very long time. It is flocked butterflies. I brought the gold butterflies at a Scrapbook convention a few years ago.
THE INSIDE OF THE BACK COVER
As you can see that by attaching the tag to the front of the accordion fold spline insert, there is a place to write the artists name on the back of each page. I am sure that even though I remember their names now somewhere in the future I will forget.
THE ACCORDION FOLD SPLINE
To make the spline sturdy enough to support the weight of the double sided pages you will need to cover the folded spline with double sided tape. Then cut a piece of Tyvec paper. Those priority mail envelopes that you get in the mail are made from this. I save all mine just for this purpose. They are indestructible. Apply it to your folded spline. Then once again apply double sided tape to the Tyvec and sit it aside.
MAKING THE COVER
Since the tags are 4"x6" I cut two pieces of sturdy cardboard. I added 1/4" to the length making the cover pieces 4 1/4"x6 1/4". At this time I thought about clipping the two cover pieces corners and making it tag shaped. After looking down on the pages I decided not to as they are all shaped differently. I cut the spline piece 4 1/4" x 2" (The 2" was determined by the width of my pages. Yours will differ according to how many pages you make.) I then cut a piece of Tyvek and applied double sided tape to it. Then I centered the spline and pressed it onto the Tyvec.
THE COVER PIECES ASSEMBLED
Next I placed a 1/2" piece of double sided tape on both sides of the spline. Do Not forget this step. It is important in allowing your cover to close. I then placed the cover pieces in place. Be sure to rub them down good.
COVERING THE BOOK
Next I covered the cardboard cover with double sided tape.
APPLYING THE PAPER COVER
Then I cut a sheet of scrapbook paper in half. I applied first the front. Then I moved to the back side of the cover. Carefully line up the remaining piece of cover paper on the back of your book. Apply double sided tape to the outside edge of the scrapbook paper and some in the center. Making sure that the seam is not in the fold or over lapping the edge apply the back cover paper. Rub the paper down. Then trim the cover paper to 3/4".
Then apply double sided tape along the outside edge. At this time I train the paper by folding it in place all around the outside edge. Do this carefully two or three times being careful not to tear the paper.
At this time remove the tape on both sides of the spline. Before going any farther cut across the corners of the paper at an angle, staying about 1/8" away from the corners of your cover. Starting in the center press the paper down into the taped edge being careful not to tear the paper. Fold in both the top and bottom before moving to the sides of your book. Rub around tape down making sure that it is secure.
THE INSIDE OF THE BOOK
Now is the time to get the inside of the book that you sat aside before.
Remove the backing from the double sided tape and carefully center it over the spline of your book. Carefully rub it down into the fold of the cover without tearing. Push the pages down against the spline. It is important to make sure that it is securely attached.
Now carefully measure your cover. Cut the paper 1/4"smaller so that when you put it in place there will be 1/8" of the cover material showing on the inside edge of your book.
Now remove the tape backing and put the inside of your book covers in place.
Now you're ready to decorate the cover. This really isn't a hard book to make. I hope that you enjoyed this blog post and are ready to go make your own book.