Of course, girls/women can use the book when applying their make-up, but that's not the point.
My book's title is in Hungarian, translated: 'Book of All Knowledge'.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- a larger piece of cardboard
- A4 sized paper
- 12x19 cm (4.7 x 7.5 inch) mirror
- at least 2 different colours of artificial leather
Tools I used:
- cutter (not shown in the picture)
Step 2: Making the Inside (the Pages)
Fold 12 pieces of A4 sheets into 2. Those will eventually make 48 pages.
Put them together, and staple them. My stapler couldn't do the job, so I poked 3 x 2 holes on the middle line, and added the staple manually.
After this you will notice that the edges of the sheets aren't regular (the sheets from the inside are a few millimeters out). I solved this by cutting the edges with a cutter.
I chose the pages to be totally blank, of course you can use coloured paper, or print outlines, or number the pages with Maya numerals or whatever you can think of.
Step 3: Prepare the Cover
In the middle i marked 1.5 cm (0.6 inch), to be folded. When folding, use a ruler, otherwise the folding won't be in a straight line.
Step 4: Add the Mirror
Apply glue on the back side of the mirror, and palce it symetrically on the inside of the cover.
Step 5: Cutting the Artificial Leather
You can see the '?' there -> initially I was thinking to make some design on it, but then continued on the concept of simplicity (just like I did with the blank pages). So where you see the '?', there was +3 cm after all.
Step 6: Dress Up the Cover
After the artificial leather is cut to size, glue it to the cardboard: first of all glue the front, and back of the cardboard, let it dry. Don't glue the middle, because it has to remain flexible for opening/closing.
I've applied another folded A4 sheet to the front page too, but here, since I added it after the artificial leather, I had to cut the top and bottom of a side of it, so it would look more esthetic. The uncut part of the sheet will be exactly the size of the other pages, from the inside part, and you'll have to glue them together.
Step 7: Cut Out, and Glue the Letters
I've written 'MINDEN TUDAS KONYVE', which means 'BOOK OF ALL KNOWLEDGE' in Hungarian.