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Make Your Own Book

Brett Lund shows how to create two different types of books.

Mat Board Book

Note: All paper and embellishments are from the "Dots, Stripes, and Plaids" collection from Die Cuts With a View Supplies

Mat board or chipboard

Cinch machine or Crop-a-dile machine


Note: All paper and embellishments are from the "Dots, Stripes, and Plaids" collection from Die Cuts With a View Supplies

Mat board or chipboard

Cinch machine or Crop-a-dile machine


1. Cut two pieces of mat board 5 1/8" x 6 ½".

2. Cut four pieces of mat board 1 ¼" x 6 ½".

3. Cut 4 pieces of paper 6 ½" x 6 ½",

4. Lay out the back side of one piece of paper and glue one piece of the large mat board and one strip of the small mat board leaving a small space between the two.

5. Turn over the piece of paper and glue another piece of patterned paper to the other side of the mat board, completely covering the mat board.

6. Repeat with the other mat board.

7. Cut your pieces of paper 6 ¼" x 6 ¼"

8. Take the two remaining pieces of mat board and cover with two more pieces of patterned paper. Glue these two strips of mat board to the front cover and to the back cover.

9. Using the Cinch, or the Crop-a-dile punch two holes in the center of the covers and the stacks of white paper.

10. Stack everything together and put the back cover on, and the front cover on, and thread the ribbon through the holes and tie on the front of the book.

11. Embellish the front of your cover.

Altered Book

Note: These are the instructions for the book that I used. Because all books are not the same size, I'm describing how to alter a book. You will need to change the dimensions to suit the book that you are using. Supplies

An old book.

All paper and embellishments is from the "Dots, Stripes, and Plaids" collection from Die Cuts With a View.

A piece of fabric large enough to be the inner spine of your book.

A sheet of double stick tape. (I used the Provo Craft's Terrifically Tacky Tape)

1. Open the book flat on the table. With a craft knife, separate the bundle of pages from the cover. With the knife, start to cut the stack of paper out of the inner hinge of the book. You will cut the hinge completely. Only cut one side. Once the first side is cut, push the pages out of the spine. Then you can cut the other hinge of the book.

2. Now we will cover the inside of the spine. Take a piece of fabric larger than your spine and stick the double stick tape on the material. I have found that it's easiest if you take the backing off of one side of the tape then apply the fabric to the tape. Press out any bubbles that might happen. Measure the length and the width of your spine, and add 3 inches to the width. The additional 3 inches will serve as the backdrop of the pockets that we will add later.

3. Now once you have made the measurements, cut out the fabric. Cutting the fabric already with the tape will prevent the fabric from fraying. Once your fabric is cut out, Start in one corner of your book, and stretch out your spine and place it 15" out from the spine on the back board of the book. Once the corner is attached, continue to peel the liner and press the fabric down. Continue to do this with the cut piece of material. If you get bubbles or wrinkles smooth them out so the fabric looks good nice and flat.

4. Next you will measure the inside of the cover minus any corners that are turning in. This measurement will be finished size of our end pockets.

5. Score 1 ½" from the left side of the paper, and 1" from both the top and the bottom.

6. Fold these edges, and attach tape to the very edge of the pockets. Take the pockets and attach them to the inside of the book with the pocket opening towards the center of the book.

7. Repeat with the back pocket.

8. Take the book and the pages to FedEx Office or some other place the cuts off the edge of the pages. I had them cut a stack of paper ¼" less in height, and width.

9. You can either have them punch holes in the pack of paper, or I use the Cinch to punch the holes in the paper.

10. Attach a piece of chipboard to the front and to the back of the stack of paper.

11. Attach a spiral binding to the back part of the pad of paper and slide the pack of paper back into the book in the pockets.

12. Embellish the cover and the pockets as you desire.

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