Mary Ann Moss, she of the amazing Full Tilt Boogie class (which is not to be missed if you love making books or art journaling or just having a grand ol’ time!) continues to inspire us, this time showing how to make a book using an existing cover with a sturdy spine.
I decided to “go small” on this one, to start, anyway. Found a linen-covered photo album at the thrift store for 69 cents, ripped out the 3-ring binding mechanism and painted it black. (That cloth really soaked up the paint!) The inside pages are black cardstock and some neutral colored papers in patterns like script, sheet music, etc. I decorated the cover and some of the inside pages with images from this Graphic 45 “Le Romantique” paper:
Vintage seam binding in a coordinating color is used to tie the book shut. I think it’ll be great to hold photos of a wedding, honeymoon, or romantic date.
This was the first time I didn’t glue the signatures together before binding and there are a few pages that have gaps in the center. Thanks to Mary Ann and her brilliant idea of “fixing” these with tape – it looks almost like I put it there on purpose! 🙂