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How to make a Fabric Valentine Book

The premise
I love books, I do not mean I love to read( I like it just fine). I love holding books; turning the pages slowly and quickly. I love the intimate interaction demanded by a book. I love the historical references of books; the implications of freedom and equality that are aroused from ones mind when you think of the history of book making and the spread of knowledge to the common folk( my peeps).

I love making books. I have spent years keeping art journals and then making books; every art project was premeditated, inspired by and made record with the help of a book. I am sure my tactile fascination with books was born when I was a wee little Darling', of which I have no memory( I have a terrible memory). However I can remember how books became more and more involved in my creative process. .....This is getting too drawn out. Sorry book making brings out the art nerd in me.

It is all from journals, I believe, In the beginning of my " serious study of art" my journals were always more interesting (to me and to others) than the actual finished art piece. So I must conclude now in retrospect, That I started making books, as art, out of my desire to bring the viewer closer to me; to give them a more realistic and honest rendering of my view point.

When I was teaching a beginning design class at The university of Arizona , I assigned a very similar project to this tutorial. Each student was asked to write down four words describing something in there room at home. Then write one word for the thing. We then made pamphlet style collage books and used the words as the text for the book. I liked doing this project in the very first class because the result was so informative about the student; Like little visual autobiographies. I suggest you make the paper book first to get a feel for this.This is a great first run to hash out ideas and understand the folding method of the pamphlet. They are actually great to have around for making little memory books or we love making "comic" books out of them.

The project...these books are to be valentines. Choose who you are making the Valentine for. I made three(well I am still working on the third)I chose as my valentine : mother, lover, and burger. For the 4 words you can use almost anything. Just choose something that is relevant and fun loving for your recipient. The fifth word will be a term of endearment.

For my mother I decided to do the traditional 4 descriptive words...using her as my muse.I actually decide on the words by writing like 10 or 20 ideas and using a dictionary to help me decide on the words I liked best together.

For my lover I decided to use the title to a song by one of our shared favorite musicians, Allen Toussaint.His music conjures up such sweet memories of our courtship and we became engaged in N'orleans. For burger I chose a movie( star wars of course) and his favorite characters from the movie.( I am still working on burgers...so no photos yet)

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Instructions

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 1
    Step 1

    cut and starch iron your base fabric. This 19" x 13 " fabric should be at least med weight. I chose one darker value one lighter value and one that had printed images. This will allow me to layer from dark to light and one from light to dark and on the third deal with the challenge of editing the printed images.

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 2
    Step 2

    cut, iron, and attach your back ground fabric.
    Apply the heat and bond to all your back ground fabrics. I used translucent sheer fabrics that would help me create depth in my layering and help create a variety of values.

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 3
    Step 3

    Make your pamphlet.
    a. fold in half vertically and Iron

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 4
    Step 4

    b. fold in half horizontally and iron

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 5
    Step 5

    c. fold both ends to meet in the middle creating four fold across

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 6
    Step 6

    d.unfold your ends and cut from the middle to the first fold

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 7
    Step 7

    .... creating a slit in the center.

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    Step 8

    ...

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold and iron you pamphlet . Hold on to the fabric on both sides of the slit,

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 10
    Step 10

    ....pull open

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 11
    Step 11

    ....and fold your pamphlet

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 12
    Step 12

    ...

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 13
    Step 13

    into shape.

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    Step 14

    ...

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 15
    Step 15

    Iron the entire book

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 16
    Step 16

    shaping it as you go along.

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    Step 17

    ...

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    ...

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 19
    Step 19

    This book will be whimsical and loose don't worry if all your edges don't match up perfectly, because they will not; you can work that into your design.

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 20
    Step 20

    Create your lay out.

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 21
    Step 21

    Using pins and your memory start designing each page.

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 22
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    Now it is time to dig into your creativity and have fun.

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 23
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    This is when I establish the flow of my text.

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 24
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    That helps me start working each page individually. Of course you want flow through the book you can use color

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 25
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    and repition of shapes and fabric to help create continuity in your book,

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 26
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    but before I deal with my final flow first I try to give each page an individual look.

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 27
    Step 27

    Attach your design elements. I used heat and bond on all my fabric pieces, some I then added stiching by hand

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 28
    Step 28

    ...and machine. I used stamps, stencils and embroidery to illustrate my text.

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 29
    Step 29

    I suggest stamping on bits of fabric then attaching that to your book.

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    Step 30

    This gives you another layer and saves your book from accidents.

  • Step 31

    Add buttons or other imbellishments that you will be wanting to hide the work in the interior of the book.

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 32
    Step 32

    Finsh your edges...or not. If this is an artist book not soemthing you will be laudering( like a kids book) you could skip this all together( just heat bond everything), but I just love stitches too much . One method is to topstitch about 1/4 to 1/8 from the edge.

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 33
    Step 33

    I actually sewed around my book several times

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 34
    Step 34

    ...using the machine to draw some ephemeral lines of continuity throughout my pages. (speaking of machines LOOK!!! at my, new to me, necchi let me just say...whole new world lalalalalaalove it!)

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 35
    Step 35

    Another method for finishing your pages is to turn and press all your edges in about 1/8 of an inch then fold your pamphlet and top stitch the edges together.

    I find the method slightly tedious looking for my aesthetic( but not my mothers so I finished hers like this).

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 36
    Step 36

    Whichever finish you choose from above ,

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 37
    Step 37

    Follow this sequence as you sew close your book up:
    After you have chosen an edge finish
    - fold your book back into shape and PRESS.-
    Sew your edges together starting with the front pages

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 38
    Step 38

    -then iron- next the back pages -iron - then work the middle pages taking care to iron and keep the shape of your book all along.

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 39
    Step 39

    Press with Iron. one final shaping with the iron....nice and hot

  • How to make a scrapbook. Fabric Valentine Book - Step 40
    Step 40

    share your love

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Comments

PixieDee
PixieDee · Milaca, Minnesota, US · 6 projects
Very very awesome idea! I can't wait to make! Thanks for the how to! Happy
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Dale S.
Dale S. · Federal Way, Washington, US · 8 projects
I cant wait to make one! This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!!!

"I love holding books; turning the pages slowly and quickly. I love the intimate interaction demanded by a book. I love the historical references of books; the implications of freedom and equality that are aroused from ones mind when you think of the history of book making and the spread of knowledge to the common folk"... I agree, been saying that same thing forever, Cheers!
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Dinoeater
Dinoeater
Is there a way to make the book with more pages ?
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Dinoeater
Dinoeater
:O BRILLIANT !! Utterly tremendous!!
I love this ! Cant wait to try this !
Your amazing, thank you !
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DessiréF
DessiréF · 3 projects
wooow! AWESOME!
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Naomi T.
Naomi T. · Mississauga, Ontario, CA
Your assignment to your beginning art students sounds so amazing. I am turning 50 in March (YIKES!!!) and either want to make something like this for all my guests or add it to the schedule. I would really like to throw an all day or weekend art/craft party....
Thank you for the ideas....
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belle
belle · Texas, Texas, US · 32 projects
thanks so much ladies
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Kim_BO
Kim_BO · 1 project
i love this book.
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CO + K User

Fantastic! I love these=D
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