I’ve made these mini books for my family as stocking stuffers, I filled them with photos of The Tiny Terror. I use water colour paper so they would be perfect as a sketch or idea book for an artsy friend.
Gather these things and get making;
Large sheet of paper 20 x 30 inches, This will be enough for 5 books
Leather, suede or other fabric
1/8 inch wide ribbon
Ruler, Scissors, Craft knife, Spray glue, Hammer/mallet
I like to have a production line on the go
The pages should look like this. Depending on the length of your original piece of paper there may be a page that isn’t 2 ½ inches wide, cut this one off. The first and last will be glued to the leather. In the photo above there are 5 pages (10 spaces) on the inside where you can put photos.
Put a small piece of tape along the spine of the book to keep it from springing open
The fabric should measure 3¾ x 6¾ inches approximately. I measure across the front of the book, round the spine and across the back, then add an inch or so for the flap
Mark where the hole for the eyelet will be. With the fabric laying right side down, On the left side measure 2 7/8 inches up from the bottom and 1 inch in from the edge. On the right hand side measure 2 7/8 inches up from the bottom and 3/8 inch in from the edge. Punch out a hole the correct size for your eyelet
Cut a length of ribbon 17 inches long, and thread it through the holes, so that the ends are on the outside (right side) of the book and the middle runs along the inside. Secure with a little piece of tape if you like.
Spay the cover with glue and fold back around the pages again, this time lining the edge of the pages up with the tape. Press down firmly and smooth as you go
It’s pretty to make with coloured paper