The outcome of all that and the subject of this instructable is the autograph book I made.
Step 1: Making Paper
- Soak paper over night in water to soften. Blend in batches and strain into red bucket.
- a few handfuls of pulp with a few litres makes for a good mix (see future link above)
- Scoop up some pulp with the frame - the top give the paper its shape, the bottom lets the water drip out
- board - carpet - plastic - fabric - paper - fabric - paper - fabric - plastic - carpet - board
- layer the fabric and wet paper sheets, squeezing out the water with another rag. Take care not to lift otherwise the paper will not come out straight.
- clamp overnight, then put on glass to dry completely.
Or, you could find some nice paper or cardboard. I made the book according to the size of the paper, so you can do what you like with the size.
Step 2: The Innards of the Book
Wood was used for the cover, but heavy card is also a possibility. I cut slightly larger than the paper to give a margin. Two sides plus two inner spine pieces makes for about 240% of the length of the paper and 110% of the height (if we are talking about a landscape book).
There was also some stuffing lying around, which gives the book some shape once the red fabric is pulled over at the end. I cut this to be the same size as the cover pieces of wood.
Step 3: Construction
Step 4: More Construction
There is a multitude of options with the ribbon. Don't use any, or use one colour. I liked the look of the polka dot on red, but it needed something extra, so added the black. The PVA didn't hold the ribbon, so I had to use stronger craft glue.
Finish the cover with something to hide the ribbon and fabric edges. The only real criteria here is that you shouldn't be able to see the ribbon through it.
Step 5: The Final Phase
I found I needed extensions to the screws that hold the spine together. This might be overcome by using card and thinner paper instead of wood and recycled paper. Holepunch for the paper, drill for the wood. I drilled through the paper holes to get the right distance.