Publishers Synopsis :
Choose the mini book that's right for you. Whether it's a little notebook to slip into your back pocket, a simple accordion created for a friend, a miniature book to wear as a necklace, or a hand-held journal, Making Mini Books features dozens of ideas and tips for the kinds of books you want to make and use!
Learn how to make books in a variety of styles and sizes using different binding techniques, including quick and easy no-sew minis, or try your hand at more traditional bookbinding methods all fully illustrated inside including pamphlet stitch, Japanese stab binding, Coptic stitch, and more.
The possibilities are huge, but the books are small, making it easy to set up a portable studio almost anywhere. With a few simple materials and some spare time, you'll be well on your way to making books in the style and size to fit your life.
Introduction to the book by the author:
Welcome to the giant world of mini books!
Now, don't be fooled, these books are no less interesting or functional than their larger counterparts, though dare I say they're twice as cute, and as fun, to make.
Whether it's a little notebook to slip into your back pocket, a simple accordion created for a friend, a miniature book to wear around your neck, or a hand-held journal, Making Mini Books features dozens of ideas for the kinds of books you'll want to create. Inside, you'll find all the detailed instructions and basic information you need to create the charming projects. Build your Basic Tool Kit with just a few supplies, many of which you probably already have at home, and then dive in!
As the book progresses so does the difficulty level, so newcomers may want to work front to back. Start at the beginning for easy no-sew books like staple-bound Matchbooks, a graphic Accordion Zine or a perfect-bound book made with a vintage seed packet. Build your bookbinding skills with a simple pamphlet stitch notebook, and try the Japanese stab binding technique from the Block Print Pads and you'll learn how to create your own cover stamp in the process.
A fully illustrated appendix demonstrates the stitching techniques used throughout, including more advanced stitches like long stitch, multi- and single-needle Coptic stitch, and the decorative kettle stitch. It also covers the basics of preparing your text block, and how to fold, sort, and punch signatures. For ease of use, almost all of the project templates are shown at actual size, with a few noted exceptions that require simple measurements.
Each project offers a wealth of information, tips, and tricks to maximize your minis. Experiment with different cover options, including decorative card stock, recycled materials, fabric, and leather, and play around with different interior papers to create a book that's uniquely you.
See the difference that small details can make, like the angled corners used in Beveled Beauties or the rounded corners from the On the Go Journal. Try experimenting with different fasteners to hold your book closed, like buttons, keys, ties, or even a miniature belt. Take it further and incorporate a clever pencil-holder as a fastener.
Other fun ideas include a ready-to-mail booklet, a bingo book with envelopes instead of pages (where else will you put your spoils?), colourful signature spacers, and decorative stitching that travels from the spine to the front cover of your book. As an added bonus, you'll find two free, downloadable mini book projects available exclusively on the Lark Crafts website. It's our little gift to you.
What others have said about this book:
"Oh, the wonderfulness. The variety. The inventiveness. This book contains a whole bunch of DIY mini book projects from the sweet and simple to the complex and artistic. The author uses different materials, paper, leather, recycled junk, wire, and twine to teach you how to make traditionally bound books or more unusual books. You'll be Inspired." whipup.net
1st edition, 2012, paperback, 144pp, full colour throughout, 23 x 23cm (Includes tips, techniques and full-size templates.