Schubert’s Illustrated Animal Kingdom Book Tutorial
Required tools and
and fresh blade
A thin metal
straight-edge ruler and/or bone folder. Make fold lines by
pressing against edge of the ruler.
quick-dry white craft glue that dries clear
A glue stick
Small piece of
aluminum foil to use as a glue pot
artist's paint brush to apply glue
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.’
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.
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
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
10. Position the unit
carefully on the inside of the book cover. Flatten
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.