Trying something new: Concertina binding accordian book

The challenge today was a new book: concertina binding, according to my new book, BOOKCRAFT, by Heather Weston. My first attempt at things is usually pretty dismal, but I allow myself to make mistakes, but to forge ahead and make it to the end, to see where I am. So here, my paper was too thin and not long enough, and I do not know how to cover the book cover with paper, even though I followed the directions. Things don’t seem perfectly square and matched up, either. I don’t really see the purpose of accordian bindings, unless I had some great content that would fit perfectly. When my younger daughter was 7 or so, she decorated an accordian fold book, and it is truly beautiful. _DSC0002_DSC0006

Pretty Books at Barnes and Nobles

I am going to admit that I am a brand loyalty kind of person. Barnes and Nobles, yes is a big chain, but it is one of those good chains. I love my local bookstores, but most of the time, they don’t have the book I am looking for on their shelves. They are great for impulse buying, or finding something new and wonderful, but sometimes I need a certain book and I need it today. So we go to Barnes and Nobles, and they are so good, because they take classic books, and bind them in such lovely ways. When my girls were little, they had these great compilation books of fables, fairy tales, children’s literature, bound in cloth, with beautiful illustrations. I will never give those books away. Now, they are doing this thing were they bind classic literature in leather, or fake leather, and they are so lovely. _DSC0047 _DSC0049 _DSC0050 _DSC0051And cheap, god, don’t forget cheap. Made in China, I know, that kind of cheap. Listen, I would love to put money into beautiful things, but I can’t usually do that, and this is a way of gettingĀ  something nice (think IKEA).

This week I get two new books for my collection and I look forward to sharing them.