After having a go at doing my own book-binding and creating my own book, I took a look at Blurb, which is an online printing company, that provides you templates, different styles of paper and books.
I thought that bookbinding was fun, but it didn’t turn out exactly the way I wanted it to be, so I decided to use Blurb for the actual book.
I decided to make a ‘trade book’.
First I planned the content and what I was going to put in the book but I found it quite difficult since I felt like there were a lot of things. So I decided to split it up, and instead have four books, which would lead on, one from another.
Now that I knew what my content was, I just needed to plan my covers for four books.
Next I had to think about the cover and how I would put everything together. I looked back on some of the sheets with instructions we were given, and particularly liked the cover which tied everything together with string.
For this I chose some fairly thick, sturdy paper, and a button, sewing it on and finishing it all of with string.
After the book was complete and bound together, I planned out what I needed to fill on each page. I separated each section, but the paper inside is all rather random, which I liked. However you can tell where each signature starts and ends, because I specifically used special paper from GF Smith for these parts.
Taking from one of the workshops on paper-binding, I also put pockets, because I wanted it to be interactive. In the pockets I filled it with little bits and bobs. There were different sized papers, flaps and envelopes too, which made the book really unique and fun.
During a few CIP lessons we were taught about different paper folds and book binding techniques, so I decided to have a go at a few of my favourites. I followed a few of the examples in class and the provided online tutorials, such as Sea Lemon and someone else I found online that I really liked (Johanna Clough).
I’ve never tried book binding before, so it was a bit difficult, but I liked my end result. I used many different types of paper, a few scraps I had from different events and also free samples from GF Smith. I made five signatures, and filled the main GF Smith paper’s with smaller, different types of paper.
In a few CIP lessons, we have been trying out ideas for book covers. These have been quite experimental, as they’re not techniques I’d usually use. The workshops involved a lot of testing and exploration, taking you from one step to another, until you came to a completely different outcome.
We were then given book cover templates and had to rearrange our work. We were given a few so we could experiment and play around with ideas.
I did shapes which I thought worked well with the strokes and colours that I used. We also had to use words that we thought related to us, so I cut out the word “organised” but placed it rather messily, because a lot of people describe me and my work as an organised mess.
We were given a tutorial on basic bookbindings and were asked to experiment through a few of them.
The sheets we were given had quite a variety of suggestions, from ways to bind your book, to fun variations you could use inside it. This was quite a relaxed tutorial and it gave me a few ideas for my book.
Book binding was fun, but it was rather difficult and my sample book didn’t give off the right feel, or showcase my work the way it wanted to. So after deciding that I didn’t want to bind my own book and instead make it with Blurb, I looked at a few layouts of books and magazines that I particularly liked.
I particularly chose these pages, because they’re very unique and they have a good layout of text and image. I learnt a lot from this research, as I realised that I don’t have to have all my pages exactly the same and that it’ll still flow nicely.
Some were full image and others had smaller images, which worked well. Others had text to the side or text on the image.
I would like to apply some of these techniques to my actual book and so now I just need to think about what layouts I’ll use for each page and what it’ll consist of.