Friday, October 25, 2013

Steampunk Spells Handmade Book Tutorial

This little Steampunk Spells book I made for Graphic 45 was so easy to alter and I am going to show you just how I did it, so be sure to check out the tutorial in my post. 

Old Book
Steampunk Spells 12x12 paper
Steampunk Spells 8x8 paper
Steampunk Spells Chipboard 1
Steampunk Spells Cardstock Stickers
Steampunk Spells Alphabet Stickers
Steampunk SpellsTags and Envelopes
Steampunk Spells Banners
Distress ink and Stain: Black Soot
Xyron Mega Runner
Seam Binding in Black and Spice
Craft Knife

For this project I was inspired to use the ribbon binding technique in yet another way.  This time I decided to upcycle an old book I had on hand.

To start out, I used a craft knife to remove the inside of the book.  Be very careful not to cut too deep.  Don’t forget to save the inside pages for other projects.  This text is in French, I think I forgot I even had this book in my stash. 

Next I chose a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper for my cover. 

I cut the paper large enough for about an extra inch of paper surrounding the cover.  I have always been one to work around measuring. 

I used the Scor-pal to guide my creases for my folds to wrap the cover. 

A quick adhesive was used as I folded down all my edges.  I really love my recent discovery of “dry” adhesives!

Next I folded my spine to break it in a bit and I cut and scored my signatures. The paper will need to be just less than double the width of your desired page size.    The size will be dependent on your book.   You simply score down the middle of your paper so you can tie in your pages. 

For the last step, simply tie in each of your paper signatures.  I chose to use seam binding from Alpha Stamps.   This time I chose to go with classic bows instead of tying uniformly at the bottom.  I like the volume and texture the seam binding provides.   Now you have a fun altered book or photo album to document your spooky Halloween season.  

Happy Halloween folks, I hope you enjoyed and found a bit of inspiration. 




  1. What a fun book.. love the paper.

  2. A great use for the fun Halloween papers.

  3. Wonderful! I have some book covers I've been trying to figure out how to make the best use of.

  4. Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love the binding! It looks easy, and it's so pretty. Thank you!

  6. It's beautiful. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing, Johanne L.

  7. Beautiful work! Hope to "read" this book in person!


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