Well summer is underway (finally!) here in Wisconsin. So I thought I'd start by sharing a beautiful dahlia that bloomed in my garden today.
This is my first year to grow them, so this was a pleasant surprise.
Now on to books. This month's book will be a French Link stitched book with soft cover. The theme is "Old-fashion Summer". And so I thought I would create a book with Lemonade Recipes.
The French Link stitch is a wonderful stitch that involves creating a twist between two threads on two different signatures. This creates a beautiful soft X pattern down the spine of the book. Most of French Link stitched also have a row of coptic stitching at the top and bottom. I have posted some examples of this stitch on my Encasing Structure Pinterest board. link: Pinterest Encasing Structure Board
For my lemonade book, I will use 5 double page signatures. This gives me a total of 40 pages. (a single page signature is 4 pages, a double page signature is 8)
I find its always helpful to create a dummy book. For this one, I'm starting with an unbound Dummy that I can take apart and make sure that I am organizing it properly for the layout template.
|Dummy Book - 5 double page Signaturen|
Then I marked what each of the pages will be and I also include a page number.
|front of 1st double signature|
|back of 1st double signature|
I find doing this prior to setting up my template on the computer is a must. I am less likely to make major layout errors. FYI - I am using Microsoft Word, for the text layout and printing. You certainly could use Adobe's InDesign or equivalent to set up the pages. I just chose Word because it is what I have available on this computer.
So there's my start to this month's book. Next week, I will be showing how to do create a simple print design with stuff from around my house and acrylic paint.
Happy Book Binding!