Although we are beginning to work on the second project you are probably still completing your first book.
There are a few points to check regarding this book -
Check the advice in your class notes. This is a card covered book so the covers will be flexible. They can have another layer of card, fabric or other material to slightly stiffen but not be a hard (board strength) cover. The hinge is created by scoring with the bonefolder – a little way in from the stitching area.
A diagram for the basic stitching is one of the posts in your category in this blog. You can be more creative of course as shown in a number of examples we looked at but it must be secure without any gaping between the stitches and especially at the corners.
All the internal pages should fold over and lay down easily – not needing to be held down. This is achieved by using thin papers – not card. Be careful if you are adding collage areas that they keep to within the page dimensions leaving the hinge area a thinner paper therefore allowing it to turn over easily and stay open.
Content needs to show a narrative that progresses from one page to the next – the left side page is also part of the ‘story’ so needs to connect visually.
Shape, colour, tone, line and placement can link pages and form the ‘character’ or mood of your book. The cover and shape of the book sis the introduction to the book – not just a covering element.
Creative ideas are essential but the technical standard of the binding – covers, ability to open and close easily plus the easy turning of the pages will be judges and must be of a high standard.
I look forward to seeing your books on Wednesday. The room is yours from 2.00pm so set up your area with any samples you have to support your ideas. Make sure your name and number are clearly shown. I will see you there at 2.00pm of course.
Any last minute questions please email me – firstname.lastname@example.org.