Friday, 14 July 2017

Book Folding Technique - A Bird Cage

Sorry it has been so long since my last post.  In my everyday work I am a librarian (yes I always cheer when Rachel Weisz proudly declares that she is a librarian in The Mummy movie!). Today my boss retired after a very long and wonderful career.  She has been the most fantastic mentor and leader and I will miss her very much at work.  This was a gift I made for her - and what could be more fitting than making something out of an old library book (one that was destined for the bin because it was so old and out of date for the collection).

This was a book that was weeded from our collection a few years ago and I kept in the hope that I could use it in a card making or scrapbooking project.  The book is quite interesting to look at with images on one side of a page and text on the other.  Anyway it has now found its purpose as a bookfolding project!

I've never attempted bookfolding before - I stumbled across the technique when I Googled altered books and a few of the bookfolding images popped up.  The technique is really quite easy - you just need quite a bit of time for the folding and then extra time for the decorating.  If you would like to find more tutorials or images just Google "book folding" and you will see many examples.

To create a project like this you need a paperback book around 450 pages long. You can pick a book with more pages and then just rip the extra section of papers off.

First remove the cover of your book and then any blank pages that may be in the first few or last few of the book.

The pages will still have glue holding them together down the spine - and this will help create the structure of the bird cage.

Turn the book so the spine is closest to you on the table.

Fold the top down so that you get a triangle fold.  You want the fold to be starting about 1.5cm from the spine.

Now fold the bottom half of the page down so that it matches the edge of the turned down triangle.

Repeat this for each page of the book till you get to the end.

The folding expands the book so that the spine has to fold around on itself and you get the bird cage look.

Next loop some ribbon and tie a knot half way down leaving some ends.  Pop the knotted section and ends into the spine and hot glue these in.  This creates the hanging ribbon loop for the birdcage.

Now hot glue the first page of the book to the last page of the book - this will seal the book into the circle.  If you need to see this to understand, check out this blog post that has some great images -

For decoration, I have die cut and punched out flowers using some of the leftover pages from my book, as well as coloured cardstock.  I have sponged coordinating ink onto the flowers cut out of the book paper.  Many of the flowers have multiple layers of paper and cardstock held together with glue dots.

To adhere the flowers and embellishments you will need to use your hot glue gun again.

I recommend following this order:
1. Glue on ribbon for the top and bottom edges of the bird cage - for mine I used lace ribbon.
2. Now glue your biggest flowers on to the birdcage. Hold the flower in place until the glue hardens (this doesn't take long).
3. Now glue on your other smaller flowers.
4. Weave in the leaves and glue into place.
5. Adhere buttons and metal embellishments to the centre of the flowers with hot glue or add rhinestones that already have glue dots on them.
6. Peel off carefully any strands of the hot glue hanging around (they look like spider webs). Finished.

Overall this project took about 2 hours of folding (great to do while watching Netflix!) and another 2-3 hours creating the flowers and gluing them in place.

I hope you have enjoyed this technique.  BTW aren't the new Stampin-Up In-Colours amazing in this project - here I used Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide. I just love these colours so much!!

Happy crafting!
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