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PostSubject: Make a Book   Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:03 am

http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/make-a-book-for-read-across-america-day/

Make a Book for Read Across America Day
Feb18

by Ellen Luckett Baker

March 2nd is Read Across America Day, celebrated on the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Nurture your children’s love of reading by helping them create their own storybook. Made from a cereal box, paper and yarn, these books are simple to make and offer many possibilities. An adult will need to do most of the cutting in the first steps, but then kids can sew the book together and make it their own with drawings and words.

Supplies:
-Cereal box
-Paper
-Scissors or paper cutter
-Rounded corner punch (optional)
-Hammer and nail or awl
-Paper clips
-Tapestry needle
-Twine

cereal-box-book-instruction.jpg

Instructions:
1. Cut the front and back rectangles from your cereal box. You can make two books from each box. Cut these in any size or shape you choose. You can round the corners with a paper punch if you’d like.
2. Cut the paper slightly smaller than the dimensions of your box. About five sheets of paper works well. Stagger the papers before you cut them so that the book will close nicely. Again, you can round the corners if you’d like.
3. Mark the center of your box cover on the inside and score down this line with a blunt tool. I used my closed scissors for this.
4. Arrange the paper in the center of the back side of your box cover and use paper clips to hold it in place.
5. Flip over the stack and make four marks for your holes on the front cover. With a hammer and nail or an awl, make your holes. Be sure to work on a surface that won’t be damaged.
6. With the paper clips still holding the paper in place, thread the yarn onto the tapestry needle. Your child can now sew through the holes. This can be done however you’d like, but we used a backstitch like this: starting from the inside and holding the tail, come up through the second hole, down through the first hole, back up through the second hole, down through the third, up through the fourth and back down through the third again. Tie the two ends together in the center.
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PostSubject: Making Recycled Books from Trash   Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:15 am

http://craftingagreenworld.com/2010/03/17/crafty-reuse-making-recycled-books-from-trash/
Crafty Reuse: Making Recycled Books from Trash
March 17, 2010 By Becky Striepe 9 Comments

Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to our RSS feed for more eco-friendly crafting news and tutorials!

Confession time: I am sort of a journal fiend. I feel incomplete leaving the house without some sort of notebook for jotting down ideas. It’s fun to buy a journal, but my inner crafter sometimes wishes I’d get it together to make my very own recycled notebook. Here’s some book-binding inspiration to get you going if you’re feeling the same way!

Inner Pages

Since your inner page size will dictate cover size, you’ll probably want to sort this out first. I love the ecclectic feel of journals with remnant printing on them. If you dig that sort of thing, too, you might look to junk mail, old letters, and last year’s calendar pages to fill your journal. Maybe you’d like to throw in a few pieces of handmade paper to boot? You just need to be able to cut the paper to be about the same size.

If you’re a big fan of a fully blank journal, you can hit up your local office supply store for 100% recycled paper to use instead.
Cover Ideas

Like the journal pictured to the left there, a discarded cereal box makes for a simple, recycled cover solution. If you’re not so into seeing all of that branding, you might try sewing a cover for your journal like the one at the top of this post or gluing a design in fabric scraps. You could also just flip the cardboard over, so your cover is “wrong side out.”

I really like how Matt over at Green Upgrader used mailers from packages he’d received to create a cover for his day planner. It sounds like a great, sturdy solution!

Binding

If you want to get really back to basics, you can use staples or your sewing machine to bind your journal! Just cut your sheets to the width of two pages, and cut your cover the same, adding 1/4″ – 1/2″. So, if you want your journal to be 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″, you’ll need your inner pages to be 8 1/2″ x 11″ and your cover to be around 9x 11 1/2″. Just fold the pages and cover in half (don’t fold them all at once….do one at a time so they’re uniform), and either staple or stitch up the seam. If you use your sewing machine, make sure to set your stitch length to be quite long, or you’ll just end up perforating the paper which is no good.

Once your journal is all bound, you’re ready to jot down ideas or toss it in your bag for when inspiration strikes! Maybe you’d even like to make a felt journal cozy to protect your creation!
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