I spotted a link to this nifty way of adding a spiral binding on another blog last week and it left me thinking that it was a neater, more together take on the ordinary spiral bind. I thought I’d give it a go.
I’ve had this huge pad of 12 x 12 double sided paper for ages, having bought it very cheaply in Michaels or somewhere last year. I very seldom use such large sized paper and though I know it’s silly not to dive in and use it, each time I’ve made a book recently, I’ve pulled it out and put it back unused. That’s partly because it is rather bright and would dominate whatever else was going on
but also, cutting into a large piece of posh paper takes courage! I resolved that one yesterday but making the pages of my usual, small format book a quarter of the page – no waste = happy girl.
I actually made two books at the same time – they have soft card rather than stiff board covers and have the same bright pages inside, a mixture of pattern and plain.
They each measure 6 x 6 inches (because it was 12 x 12 paper, I put away my usual metric rulers and got out my quilting tools) and have the spiral binding in the centre of the spine, done using my Bind-it-all and following the tutorial in the first link of this post to the letter. It worked well.
Except…(isn’t there always an except?) I neglected to take into account the size of the binding ring when measuring the card for the covers and as a result, the pages showed beyond the cover edge.
I quickly trimmed off about a quarter of an inch and resolved that one easily.
But of course, my worktable looked like a game of pick-up-sticks afterwards! So, this afternoon I’ve been playing about with them, because we can’t be wasting paper, can we?
I’ve woven some into a loose pattern which will look great on the cover of one book, and am now contemplating what to do with the rest.