Saturday, January 05, 2008


As a little diversion between projects with paint drying today I made this little dowel spine portfolio from instructions in More Making Books by Hand: Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures, and Found Objects by P. Thomas.

This is the outside showing the spine.

And this is the inside showing the little pockets.

I made it using a sheet of hand decorated paper from a recent artist papers swap and it was really quite easy despite looking a bit difficult! ;oD Anything involving accuracy always makes me a little nervous! LOL I'm planning on altering the cards in the pockets but I think it would be good for all sorts of things. If it was made a bit deeper it would house ATCs nicely. ;o) My only problem is that I think I cut the spine slits a little wide as the dowel drops out given half a chance! Good fun though!


daydreamstudios said...

That paper is awesome! What a neat little book. I love handmade books.

artfulzebra said...

Thanks, Karla. ;o) The paper is from the swap on Artist's Guild, did you take part in that? This sheet was from Saundra.


Elizabeth said...

Lovely book, Maz. I made it and also had the problem of wrongly sized slits. But practice makes perfect!!

Becky Vigor said...

having trouble leaving comments but will try again! I love these little books and how there are so many ways to make them. I've made about 10 and all are different. It always feels so much more personal to make a book rather than buy one and they're an art in themselves.

sharon young said...

Hi Becky
What a lovely little book, and the paper's gorgeous! I'd like to make more hand made books, it's a great feeling when it's finished.
Thanks for dropping by my blog, glad you enjoyed the posts. I can't remember Hayling Island with sand, but then I don't think I went there as a child

artfulzebra said...

Thanks everyone. :o) I think I'll definitely have another go, they are a sweet little format.

maz x