bc008 ~ Fairy Tales of All Nations Book Tutorial

- Medium close-up of book
- Large close-up of book


Required tools and supplies:

  • X-acto knife and fresh blade

  • A thin metal straight-edge ruler and/or bone folder. Make fold lines by pressing against edge of the ruler.

  • Tweezers, detailing scissors

  • Good cutting mat

  • 3 small black office clip

  • Fast-grab, quick-dry white craft glue that dries clear as well as a glue stick

  • Small piece of aluminum foil to use as a glue pot

  • Slender artist's paint brush to apply glue



1. Cut out the three long page strips. Fan fold all page strips taking care that the raw edges line up perfectly.

2. Use the glue stick and carefully add a layer of glue to the back side of the first strip. Make sure to reach the edges of the strip.

3. One-by-one, press the blank sides of the pages together. Be careful to align the raw edges of the pages as perfectly as possible.
Repeat the last couple of steps to the second and third page strips.

4. The slide box is easy to assemble. Complete the four folds and then glue the tab to the inside blank surface of the slide box as shown. Allow glue to thoroughly dry.

5. Stack the three-part fan-folded pages in order and carefully line up the stack's perimeter edges. Pinch pages with the black office clip leaving the spine side exposed. To prevent the clip from denting the book's pages, sandwich a lightweight piece of cardboard between the clip and the book. Use the artist's brush to paint a thick even coat of glue to the length of the pages. Set aside to dry thoroughly.

6. Move now to the book's cover and fold the four perimeter tabs. Try to crease the folds exactly along the fold lines. Use the metal straight-edge ruler to press a clean straight crease. Paint glue to the tabs and press down.

7. Use the straight-edge ruler and press creases along both edges of the spine area along the guidelines found on the printed side of the cover.

8. Now cut out the book's end boards and glue in place as shown in the photo.

9. Return to the stack of pages. Remove the black office clip, and paint another layer of glue along the spine area. Press the stack of pages carefully in place onto the cover's spine area. DO NOT CLOSE BOOK! Notice how the book is propped between the keys of a keyboard. Keep the spine in contact with the pages without closing the book's cover. If the book cover is closed against the pages, glue will seep on the pages of the book.

10. Wrap dust cover at spine, making sure that the title on dust cover is centered to spine of the book . Tuck dust cover flaps in place.

11.  Slide the book into its box, and the project is complete!


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