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Cover to Cover: Creative Techniques for Making Beautiful Books, Journals & Albums Hardcover – September 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books; First Edition edition (September 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093727481X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937274811
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It has wonderful and inspiring photos throughout the book.
Kristy Christopherson
From artsy books to making your own unique scrapbook, this is a great resource to give you a new idea or a new twist to your paper crafts.
Isabel Diaz
The instructions are easy to follow and are accompanied by clear illustrations.
Cheryl Guerrero

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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By R. Haldeman on October 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
It has 170 photos (mostly in color) and easy to follow instructions. Sources, papers, art centers and newsletters are included. Bookbinding is an old art recently revived. Examples in LaPlantz's book are innovative and inspiring, going past traditional methods and shapes. Everything needed for basic bookbinding is affordable and available. Instructions are easy to follow and offer variations, from simple lacing of signatures, to more complex binding techniques. Handmade books are beautiful as gifts, journals, scrapbooks or collections of writing. Such a personal gift is a unique treasure greatly valued. This book is well suited for a beginning level of skill and also encourages more advanced level binding.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Guerrero on July 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
Shereen LaPlantz approaches the subject of making books with an artistic awareness. She provides a clear introduction to the parts of a book, materials, tools, and basic techniques. She then provides step-by-step instructions on how to make each type, from the simple pamphlet to the highly unusual bindings. The instructions are easy to follow and are accompanied by clear illustrations.
The most remarkable aspect of this book is its pages filled with beautiful color photographs of books made by the author and several artists. I bought this text because I was interested in making a simple binding for a family history book, but after reading Cover to Cover, I have a new perspective on bookmaking - I now see it as a form of art with a whole range of possibilities. And it's an art which is accessable to all.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J. L. R. on November 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is 100% just as the title says. I highly recommend this book. Even for a newbie to bookmaking like I am. The pictures and galleries are gorgeous. The ideas and projects were fabulous and the instuctions where easy to understand. I think that I read it "Cover to Cover" about 30 times before I put it down, because each time I went through it I discovered something new I hadn't seen the previous time. This book has gotten me very excited to dive right in and start creating!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Sakuteiki on June 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
Detailed instructions accompanied by drawings on the same page of each stitch to be taken to bind a book, stitch varieties, binding paperbacks into custom hardbacks, creating 3 dimensional art work in book form plus invaluable pragmatic advice such as the safe relative distance from hole to edge and hole to hole, depending on size of book and binding type, as well as how many pages becomes too cumbersome to open or view with a particular technique.

Multiple suggestions follow each demonstration for expanding the technique shown, or varying the format to satisfy one's own preferences and prejudices. Ms. LaPlantz specifies infinitesmally small steps which make following the directions exceptionally easy. And she progresses from standard codex (covers and a spine) to remarkably artful constructions all the while being encouraging, enthusiastic and clear. She does not make extensive use of commoditized products other than printer paper for the book text pages, and recommends simple tools for beginning (needle, thread, cardboard, glue, paste, scissors) as well as explaining how to make one's own binding frame from an old hardback book.

Unhappily, her subsequent The Art & Craft of Handmade Books: New Ideas and Innovative Techniques was not as well edited as Cover to Cover, as you can see from her website laplantzstudios dot com which lists 27 pages of corrections to the printed edition as well as including material edited out which was essential for clarity, continuity and simplicity of instruction. Her website also includes free printable bonus materials, photos, techniques not in Art and Craft of Handmade Books.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
I'm an avid collector of texts on making hand made books. This is the best I have seen. Very clear instructions with simple step-by-step diagrams; inspiring illustrations; examples of artists' books that at first glance look impossible to the keen amateur; but then, hey! I can do that too!
Warning: with this text to hand, making books may become addictive...
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
What I liked best about this book was the variety of projects that are detailed, step by step, with clear, easy to understand instructions. I would higlhy recommend this book to someone just trying book making for the first time.
Lots of wonderful colour photographs and examples of what can be done.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By merrymousies on January 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm new to book making and read other reviews that convinced me to buy this one - glad I did. It has great instructions, lots of pictures, drawings that illustrate how to do things and such a wide variety of techniques and types of books to make. Filled with great ideas. Highly recommended!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Elle on July 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this for both my daughter and me to learn how to make books. My daughter was not very interested in reading a book about bookmaking -- she prefers to embark on her own journeys -- but when she saw a few of the examples, she tore it out of my hands and set to work. She has already made the two simple starter versions, and she is 12. It is great fun to see her puzzling through the instructions and turning out a very nice little book. I am looking forward to making photography books. Actually, I'm looking forward to printing the pages using my Epson Pro 4000 on double sided fine art papers such as Illuminata cotton photo rag 300 gsm double sided paper and having my daughter put the books together.

You can read the other reviews here for the nitty gritty of what is inside this book. I will tell you that I went to my local Jerry's Artarama, where they had a wide assortment of books on bookmaking. I sat down and looked through all of them, and this is the one that impressed me the most as being clear, with simple starter projects and complete equipment lists, as well as a nice, steady progression towards more complicated projects. I even bought it there (sorry, Amazon, but I do like to support my local shops and you get the vast bulk of my book purchases!).
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