bc203 ~ Schubert’s Illustrated Animal Kingdom Book Tutorial


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 clips

1. Cut out the four 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 a 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 the beginning and end. Use the glue stick for this step only. Next, one-by-one, press the blank sides of the pages together as seen in photo. Take special note of the ‘end board’ and the title page.


3. Locate the light fold line found at the middle of each page (in the top and bottom margins). Use a metal ruler to fold pages. Notice that the fold is not in exact middle.


4. Clip the four stacked strips of pages together with small black office clips. You might want to place a folded bit of cardboard under the pinch of the black clips to avoid denting the pages. Paint a generous layer of glue to the spine side of the page edges. Allow to dry thoroughly.

5. Move now to the book's cover. Carefully tape the pattern to the leatherette piece. Tape to the reverse side so as not to damage the leatherette surface. Cut out the cover piece with a blade tool and include the notches at either side of the spine tabs.

6. Take the cover lining panel and position it to the exact center of the leatherette piece to ensure that the size is correct. Now paint the inside of the leatherette cover with a coat of quick-dry glue and place the lining panel on the glue.

7. If there are any gaps in the corner or spine seams, use a sharp-point felt- tip pen to cover exposed white paper.

8. Fold at the lines that designate where the spine will be. Make sure that the pages will fit the cover correctly.

9. Paint glue to the blank side of the ‘end boards’ and the spine – a second time.


10. Position the unit carefully on the inside of the book cover. Flatten out edges.

11. Paint glue to the cover’s art panel and carefully position it as shown in the photo. Create a book sleeve by gluing the tab on the side of the long cover piece.

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