For my one year wedding anniversary gift for my husband I wanted to do something in the vein of the traditional first gift: paper. So, I called in the big guns. One of my good friends got her masters in book binding and she was kind enough to teach me how to make a book.
the front and back covers and the spine.
Next, I cut a pieces of paper to wrap around all three pieces.
Using her glue, mixed with water, and a brush,
I cut a strip of thick white paper to give the spine some strength,
then added a brown sheet of paper over the top of that.
I ripped four sets of signatures of paper for the inside.
Each signature is made up of four pieces of paper
cut to the same size and folded over.
I tore the paper, using a ruler, to give the edges a rougher look.
Using an awl I puntured the spine with four holes in a row in three different spots.
The finished spine had a crisp look. The finished book (shown at the top) turned out beautifully. This is a very simple outline of a complicated process and there's no way mine would have turned out well without my friend's help.
When it was complete I filled the first few pages with some of my favorite memories from our first year of marriage. I'm planning to add to it each year.
Photos by moi.