bc012 ~ The Real Mother Goose 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

  • Fast-grab, quick-dry white craft glue that dries clear

  • A glue stick

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

  • Slender artist's paint brush to apply glue

  • Small black binder clip

1. Cut out the three long page strips. Fan fold all page strips taking care that the raw edges line up perfectly. Note the direction of the fold to start with at the beginning of the ‘end board.’ Also check the ending fold for the final ‘end board.’

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. DO NOT PAINT GLUE TO BACKS OF THE ‘END BOARDS’ that are located at each end of a strip. This is the only step that requires the use of the glue stick.

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. Note that the ‘end boards’ are not included in the gluing. Repeat for the other two strips.

4. 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.

5. Use the straight-edge ruler and press creases along both edges of the spine area along the solid black on the printed side of the cover.

6. Hold the three strips of pages together with the small black office clip. You might want to place a folded bit of cardboard under the pinch of the black clip to avoid dents in pages. Paint glue to the spine side of the page edges. Allow to dry thoroughly.

7. Do a trial fitting of the book into the cover, so you can estimate where to start the positioning with glue.

Paint glue to the blank side of the ‘end boards’ and the spine – a second time – and position carefully on the inside of the book cover. Flatten out edges.

8. To accurately position the dust jacket, hold the red spine area of the dust jacket right over the black spine area of the book and hold. Slip the front flap inside the cover and then crease along the book’s edge. Repeat for the back flap.

9. To assemble the storage sleeve, fold to make four sides and a tab. Paint apply glue to tab and press on the inside blank surface. Flatten temporarily to get a really good contact with the glued tab surface.

10. Here is the completed book project.
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