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At Home with Handmade Books: 28 Extraordinary Bookbinding Projects Made from Ordinary and Repurposed Materials (Make Good: Crafts + Life) Paperback – April 12, 2011
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As a complete beginner to handmaking books, I appreciated the author giving not only a complete photographic list of all the tools needed, but also her hints as to which tools you REALLY need to get started and which are optional extras. The book offers such a range of projects, but all of them --even the simple ones for us beginners -- are unusual and interesting, which I appreciated. The author never seemed to take the easy way out of throwing in a handful of too-simple ideas, as many craft books do, but seemed to have put a lot of effort into making each handmade book something special.
Another nice touch was the way several projects are grouped together. For example, the travel books. The author gives instructions for making a travel journal, to keep your notes and sketches in, a travel album for your photos, and a third book to keep all the memorabilia, like tickets and coins. TThe author never duplicates her ideas by having many similar-functioning books, but the idea of making a set that complement each other really appeals to me.
Other favourite projects from the book include a bookmark that doubles as a notebook, a children's book with peek-a-boo flaps, a journal with tea-bag pages, and, for when I feel a bit more confident, several books bound in the Japanese style.
So, though I can't say how challenging a more experienced bookbinder might find these projects, the creative materials used and beautiful results are sure to inspire anyone with an interest in making books for themselves or as gifts.
Having lots of books on bookbinding, they are separated by type, old-fashioned bookbinding that uses signatures bound together to create handmade hard cover volumes, and art and craft books that use a variety of binding methods like stab binding and accordion books.
Erin Zamrzla's At Home with Handmade Books : 28 Extraordinary Bookbinding Projects Made from Ordinary and Repurposed Materials is an arts and crafts volume, and fits all my personal criteria for a good one. If you're a scrapbooker looking for ways to make your own small books for personal use or gifts, this will have ideas in it. If you're a crafter or artist who is just developing an interest in bookbinding, this has fantastic instructions. If you're someone who loves recycled craft ideas for gifts or personal use, this is full of them.
My favorite project in the book is the booklet bookmark. To be honest, that's one that I wish very much that I'd thought of. More than just a corner note, it's a great way to keep notes while reading. I also love the 2 or 3 view picture, it is a folded book that stands on the folds. Depending on where you are in relation to the design, you see a different image. Sort of like a paper version of the ribbed plastic moving pictures. I know a friend who will love one for her birthday. The idea file made of small books is just perfect for my note taking habits. It also seems like a great way to journal things with your family. A few thoughts in each small book, marked with the day and who wrote them saved in a file would be a good way to remember for later if you enjoy making scrapbooks.Read more ›
If you're looking for an instructional handbook to be used in the classroom, or if you're simply intrigued and looking to begin a love affair with book binding, then look no further.
The pluses: the book is beautifully photographed; the projects are easy and great for beginners; the author is very creative in coming up with ideas for books that can be made with things that can be found in most homes. Among the projects: a book with a sock for cover; a place card which simply involves folding a sheet of paper into an accordion; a travel photo album; a souvenir book made of coin envelopes and bound with map paper. Many of these projects are so easy or can be completed in less than half an hour - a great way to make yourself or someone a quick and pretty gift, or have a fun afternoon crafting with kids.
The book is laid out in the style of Japanese craft books: with photos of the projects in the front, and the instructions in the back of the book. Even the styling of the photos is rather Japanese - it all looks very attractive.
[a longer review at my blog liberal sprinkles]
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Didn't work for me at all. I wanted to learn how to make a nice simple leather bound journal with different types of paper, this book seems to be about how to make books out of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Craft Eagle
Creative ideas in this book! The directions for each project are clear with good illustrations. I am happy with my purchase.Published 18 months ago by Susie
This book is easy to use and fun to dip into. Books are grouped by use, so gardening books may use recycled seed packets; travel books suggest ones for notes and ones for... Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by QuinnCreative
I've been interested in making books for quite some time. I finally went with this book, and so far I'm very happy with it. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Leigh