I found this book in the gift shop of the Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian gallery which features American craft and decorative arts. Umm, I can do this; I have no artistic talent but am creative and can follow directions very well! Rather than carrying the book around that day I waited, found it on Amazon.com and saved about $10 over suggested retail. I LOVE a deal!
The layout of the book seems to progress from very simple to difficult so I started by making this instant book from Chapter One-Instant Books.
Instructions for making an instant book are quite simple and I mastered it very quickly. Fold, fold, fold, fold, snip, pull apart and re-fold into book form---that’s it! A book!
Combining this newly acquired bookmaking skill with my computer skills I printed an 8-1/2” X 11” sheet of paper with graphics of a daisy, a birthday cake and birthday greetings to my sister. First go-round I had the birthday cake upside down so had to go back to the drawing board/computer. Second attempt was a success!
OK, that’s a little bit TOO simple, I’m moving on to the chapters on accordions, stab stitch, chapbooks, mutant (mutant. . . that sounds intriguing!), long stitch and Coptic books. I’m working my way through the “How to Make Books” book.
Wait a minute! I almost forgot that I made accordion books for our three children a few years ago. . . and I made them without any instructions! I’m glad I took pictures of them.
A message to the kids is on the inside cover.
Three copies of each of the items in her wallet await assembling in the accordion books.
The covers are a stiff cardboard covered with black fabric to simulate the black plastic of Grandma Mary’s wallet. For the title on the front cover I found tiny scrapbooking frames at Michael’s Craft store.
Black poster paper was just thick enough but still folded quite easily into accordion “pages.”
Reverse side of the replica of a wallet photo holder.
I wonder how close I came to author Esther Smith’s method? I’m not going to peek ahead; will wait until I get to that chapter!
This has absolutely nothing to do with books, but have to show you the wonderful lobster we had for dinner last night. Price: including a quart of (the best) clam chowder, the dinner for two was $36.84! (yes, we are in Maine)