Cover designs and a surprise

2 May

First, I apologize for the lack of updating. It was that time of year…finals time.

Anywho, for the last month of my bookbinding class, my professor set us loose to explore whatever we were interested in. I chose to focus on decorative covers and generally whatever I felt like doing at the time.

I’ve made a few books with flap closures but I decided to get a little fancy with this one. Not only did I do a shaped edge, the cover piece has a raised portion so the flap is flush when its closed. For funsies, I added a the cute little badger I cut out of the cover of one of the free Badger Balm calendars I got with a order.

I also did a bit of experimentation with cut-outs. This one has a cool geometric design to let the fancy Japanese maple leaf end page show through.

One of my classmates decided to attempt a ‘Secret Belgian’ binding (sounds so fancy and mysterious!) after looking through one of my books on books (bookception). After watching her finish the cover, I decided to take a whack at it too. I added eyelets to mine for a more polished look. This binding is surprisingly simple. We both used this tutorial which is pretty clear cut.

My wall shelf above my desk has become a shrine to my books. It started overflowing though so I relegated my less-pretty creations to a box in my closet. I still have a few more designs that I have yet to photograph, but I should get them up in a week or so.

Lastly…a non-book surprise! I was digging through the storage closet on my patio last week, and I kept hearing a weird squeaking/chirping noise. I was worried that some mice had moved in, so I searched for the source. It turned out a bird made a nest in the little vent pipe that lets out hot air from the dryer (which we don’t have), and there were baby birds! I can’t decide if they are gross or cute…maybe a combination of the two? They look like naked frozen chickens.


One Response to “Cover designs and a surprise”

  1. grumpymouse May 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Gorgeous! Thanks for posting the instructions for the Secret Belgian book, I’ll have to give that one a try :)

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