Life is an open book they say. So I took this quite literally as I made my first attempt at book folding.
Me being me I also chose to use it as an opportunity to have a go at designing the pattern also – yep, good thinking batman, lol.
Anyway, having wrangled with the different methods for designing, and finally settling on the typeface I created the pattern.
It predicted that I would need a book that was a minimum of 23cm high and with 350 numbered pages. I chose to offer up my copy of “Apocolypse Cow” – a comical foray into the realms of zombie livestock. No seriously, that’s what it was about.
I did have a pang of guilt at this point, but at least I had read it first. Well, at least it wasn’t one of my Agatha Christie collection – NOTHING AND NOONE WILL EVER TOUCH THOSE!!! lol ;)
In an attempt to avoid more guilt I removed the dust jacket – that way I could not see the glaring eyes of the zombie cow on the cover or repeatedly apologize to Michael Logan (the author). Thankfully Mr Logan has already had a small financial gift from me by way of paying full cover price for his work – this did ease the guilt a little.
Anyway, waffling again aren’t I?
So I collected up a pencil and ruler and printed off the pattern, popped on a selection of music and got cracking.
Here is the morning’s work…
The measuring, marking, folding etc does actually take some time so I’m guessing that there aren’t many people out there doing this for a living and that any creations made are more of a labour of love keepsake – do correct me if I am wrong.
More folding, sipping of tea, snacking on biscuits and jiggling away to Motown tunes took place as I worked my way through the rest of the design – and here is the final thing.
I did add some shading on the lettering to make it stand out a little more and haven’t yet got around to the decoration of the outside cover etc but I am very happy with my very first attempt! :)
I think in future though I will choose fonts that don’t have overlapping elements as in this pattern the ‘i’ lost a little of it’s body due to having to dedicate a third of that bit that the upper and lower parts of the ‘L’ – you’ll probably make out that the ‘f’ and the ‘e’ have more oomph to them …
Anyway, what do you think? Are you outraged at the use of books in this way or enamored with the optical illusion that is created from a series of carefully placed dog ears?
Whichever way you look at it, I guess that you have to admire the skill and patience of anyone willing to give it a go.
Oh, by the way, if you like this design, you can download my pattern for free.
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