Scrapbook Pages Sewn

April 9, 2007 by  
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Can you sew fabric onto cardboard?

I have an empty scrapbook, and it's covers are made of cardboard. The pages and cover are held together by ribbon, so they're separate until I put them together. I really want to use it.

The only problem is, the book was meant to be used as a baby scrapbook. The cover is blue, white, yellow, and pink, striped and polka-dotted, and it has a cute little purple elephant on it. Yeah, I really want to cover that.

How should I do it? I wanted to paint over it, or cover it with fabric. Would either of those work? More importantly, would the fabric work, because that's what I have right now. Would I have to glue, staple, sew, tape the fabric on, or what?

A little help, please?
The cover's about an eighth of an inch thick!
I think an eighth of an inch is about a third of a centimeter.

And I don't have anything against purple elephants. I did say he was cute, didn't I? He's just not my type, that's all . . .

You don't say how thick or dense the "cardboard" is that's acting as the covers and that could make a difference in how you'd attach the fabric.

But first, you could always just glue the fabric to the cardboard (proably with a PVA glue --Sobo, "bookbinder's glue," etc... ask for that at an art supply store if possible), or you could even apply it with a spray adhesive or in other ways (don't think you could easily sew through most dense book-cover type boards though on a sewing machine).

Generally the way fabric is added to a book cover is to staple it on over a layer of batting (thin or thick) --though you wouldn't have to use that-- using staples on the back side all around the perimeter. You'd start with staples in the center of two opposing sides, then do the other opposing sides, then begin to fill in the other spaces (oppositely) doing the corners last.
If the matte board is too dense for staples or too thin, you could do that instead with some kind of strong tape.
The inside of the covers are then mostly covered with a sheet of decorative paper (almost to the edges on all 4 sides) to hide the fabric edges and the rest of the board, generally using glue.

If you wanted to paint it, you'd probably want to make sure the surface is not too slick so it can take the paint (could sand a bit, even with 0000 steel wool, then dust off and/or wipe with alcohol to clean). You could also use a spray paint if you wanted, especially for the first coat.

P.S. As another option, you could cover your bookcover with a sheet of decorative clay of some kind. We do this with polymer clay all the time and it can create quite interesting covers (the entire covers can be made from polymer clay too). If you're interested in seeing what all that's about, check out this page of my site: on the category called **Covers--Notebook, Journal, Other**


Diane B.

Smyth Sewn Binding Perks

Are you investigating printing options for your self-published manuscript? You may have seen publisher websites referring to Smyth Sewn binding. Smyth Sewn is a high-quality process, but how do you know if it's right for you? This article will walk you through the pros and cons of the Smyth Sewn binding process.

Smyth Sewn bindings are virtually the highest quality bindings available in today's publishing market. To create a Smyth Sewn book, a publisher converts your text into smaller pamphlets, called signatures, of 8, 12, or 24 pages. If your book has an odd number of pages, the final signature will contain enough blank pages to balance out the book.

Each signature is sewn together using thread, and then all the signatures are sewn together to create the whole of the book. Finally, the collated signatures are then bound to the book's spine and cover as one solid piece. The book's spine is usually backed with flannel, for even greater durability. As you can imagine, the multiple sewing steps create an extremely sturdy book that's tough to damage.

In addition to being so durable, the flannel strip in a Smyth Sewn spine allows a book to lie flat while open, which makes text significantly easier to read and peruse. As a result, Smyth Sewn bindings frequently appear in books that are meant to be used again and again for years or even decades, like Bibles and textbooks. The Smyth Sewn binding process is time-consuming but relatively uncomplicated, so most reputable printers can utilize it for quite small print runs. Therefore, many printers can offer this process to create premium wedding albums and scrapbooks as well.

There are two basic downsides to the Smyth Sewn binding process. First, a premium binding commands a premium cost. You may be alienating or pricing out parts of your readership by the high costs of your book, and you should consider that before committing to a Smyth Sewn binding. Secondly, the Smyth Sewn process is almost exclusively used for hardcover books, since the weight of the assembled signatures could tear a more fragile paper cover. If portability is a concern (for example, your book will be traveled with), the Smyth Sewn process may not be an appropriate choice for you.

The basic key to deciding on a Smyth Sewn binding is to carefully consider your book's audience. If you believe your readers will use your book over and over again, and can afford the premium charge, a Smyth Sewn binding may be ideal for you.

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