Thursday, December 1, 2011

Linoleum Stamp Part 2.

Now for putting together the signature booklet..

First, select the paper you like. I used Reeves BFK, which is a really nice, soft paper. You can really use anything you desire. Before you start cutting your paper into the size you wish, you need to figure out which way the grain of the paper is going. This will help you to decide which way the paper will want to naturally fold. Start by trying to fold the paper in half in either direction, which way does the paper seem to naturally fold with more ease? You can feel the resistance.

Now you can cut your paper to the desired size and fold all the pages into each other. There will always be a bit of paper hanging out of the end, trim it down.
Once you've trimmed everything to fit nicely, you can now print your image onto the cover of your booklet.

Now you are ready to put this all together! You will need an awl - or something similiar that you can find around the house (such as a nail).

Take your signature booklet and lay it open flat with the cover face up. Find the center and mark it with a small pencil mark. Then measure to equal distances from the center and mark that as well.

You want to poke a hole through the cover and sheets of paper all at the same time, going from the cover to the inside, so the puncture marks look nicer. Once you've done so, you are ready to thread up your needle with a waxed thread. I used waxed linen thread purchased at my local art store.

You are going to start with the center hole, from the cover side into the inner part.

Start with step 1 (go through center hole inwards) leaving a tail of string.
2 - From the inside work your way out to the opposite end.
3 - Go back inwards and go back to the middle hole.
4 - Go through the middle hole once more. Now you have two strings left. Make sure all strings are tight without ripping the paper. Tie the two strings any way you choose.

I choose to make a knot, then a little bow. You can just knot it, or attach beads, whatever you like!

Now you have a completed signature booklet! Fun, cute, and very easy to do. Makes a rad gift, too!

Now go impress your friends! ;)

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