Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Practice book binding 101

Finished my first practice binding from Full Tilt Boogie online class! My motto has always been 'do the best with what you have to work with' and adding to the mix quite a bit of impatience. With that disclaimer, I will tell you what I learned.
  • Listen to your teach! One practice binding does not a great binder make!
  • Just like in any new skill - tools and supplies should be the best - improvising comes after mastering the basics.
  • A folio is a single spread whilst a signature is a group of folios! And a kettle stitch has nothing to do with pots!
  • Gluing signatures absolutely necessary although did not understand this concept at first.
  • As a craft - totally satisfying. Sort of like priming and stretching canvas - no pressure for the actual creating but time to allow the muse to run free and wild.

Went thrift store shopping the other day and although it is not a vintage album I grabbed this for a mere 2 bucks:

Of course the padded fabric cover is what caught my eye. The pages are heavy, gold-edged and smooth. Must be for using photo corners to make photo album. Since it is hard to open or lay flat I intend to take out the block and use for something else. But I think cover may be good for a Full Tilt Boogie! Highly recommend this class. Enhanced by Zemanta


Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

I can't get over the album you found! OH how I miss thrift shops (none here in Mexico where I am). You are having so much fun and doing such a great job. Can't wait to see the progress. :o) Donna

Wendy said...

Nice job with the practice book. I'm not a fan of practice either, but I'm definitely going to make one (practice book that is!). Those birds will make a lovely cover.

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babyjane said...

You won't need to be practicing long... your work is STUNNING!