Mar 9, 2012

Lucky Book

So, I knew it was March but, sheesh, this month is flying by already.  I best get out my St. Patty's stuff soon or there will be no point.  One of my most favorite things that I like to get out this time of year is my "Lucky" book. It's a handmade waterfall book about some of the reasons I feel lucky.  Check it out...

Here is the cover.  It's just vellum folded over and sewn around the edges.  If you aren't familiar with a waterfall book.  Actually, I don't know if that is really the right term but hey, I'm goin' with it.  Basically, it is a book that each page is a different size starting with the smallest and then leading up to the largest.  Make sense?

I spelled out the word luck on each page and then did the whole thing where you use the letter to explain why you are luck on that page.  This one shows my girls.  My three Little Ladies.  Lucky indeed!

At the time I made this for "C" I wrote I was lucky because my girls are clever, creative and they cooperate.  Ya, that was years ago.  Now a days I have a teen and two tweens.  Things are different.  They are still very clever and super creative though.  Cooperative, ummm, not so much.

Anyway, you get the point.  I love this little book.  It's pretty old now but it still holds a place in my heart as one of the favorite things I've made.  I feel lucky to have it.

So, do you want to make your own?  I have a tutorial that I wrote a few years ago for a different blog.  It's just for the book itself and uses different papers than the book shown above, however, you'd get the idea as the steps are the same.  Here it is...

Let's begin with the binding:

Step 1:  Cut a 12x12 piece of paper in half so it measures 6 x 12
Step 2:  Turn paper over and using a ruler and a pen, mark at every inch all the way down the long length of the paper. You'll have 11 marks when you are done.

Step 3:  Score and then carefully fold on the pen marks you made.
Step 4:  Accordion fold your paper so it looks like the photo shown above when you are done.

Step 5:  Starting at the back of your book, place a 6 x 12 piece of paper on the end of the accordion fold paper.
Step 6:  Continue adding additional pages as shown.  Note: Be sure to only add adhesive as shown in the photo above.  If you add adhesive to both sides of the folds, your book will not open.  Also, if you are wanting the pages to watefall you will want to cut each page 1 inch shorter than the last (or more than one inch - this is a design judgement - just make them shorter than the last one.  I usually adjust my page length based on the word I'm going to use.)

Step 7:  After all your pages are added you will have something that looks like the photo shown above on the left.  Just a tip:  When adding your pages, make sure they line up on the top and the bottom with the pages below them.
Step 8:  Add adhesive inside each fold on the back side of your binding.  This will close it up and allow it to lay flat and open like a book.  

Step 9:  Cute a piece of vellum and adhere it to the remaining front flap.  (or, if you like the cover on the Lucky book, just fold a 12x12 piece of velum in half and sew it around the edges.  This allows you to put fun things like flowers in between the layers)
Step 10:  Using a scrap of paper that measures at least 6 x 3 inches, cover the edge of your binding to complete your book.
Step 11:  Decorate as you wish!

So, here's a few other books that I've made using this same process, the Lucky book is my favorite but these are kind of fun too.


Elizabeth said...

This is awesome! Thanks for the tutorial - I'm going to have to try this one :)

Bluefunk said...

That is very cool! I'm going on a scrapbooking retreat next week and am going to make one of these. Thanks!