Fail Notebook

Shortly after I got my adorable little die cutting machine last year, SeaLemon posted a new book binding tutorial on her YouTube page.

I wanted to combine making it with using the die cut machine, and I had a perfect idea.  I was going to use a glitter washi tape rainbow card I’d made while messing about with tape ages ago, and a unicorn die cutter.  I’d cut a unicorn shape out of a piece of pretty card and use that over the washi to create a rainbow washi unicorn silhouette.

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However I encountered a few problems.  I used A5 sketchbook paper for the inside of the book, and it was too big for my little machine.

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Which meant that I couldn’t stick an A5 piece of card in the machine to cut out a unicorn shape from.  Okay, fine.  Well I’ll leave a rainbow border then.  Except that I couldn’t find an orientation that would get the whole rainbow inside the unicorn shape.

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Right.  Well, what about a rainbow cover, with just a unicorn silhouette then?  That’ll work. I’ll use the cutout from the first attempt.

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I folded the signature and trimmed the edges so it was flush.  I copied the nice neat corner folding from SeaLemon’s video.

And then the glue stick tore off the unicorn’s tail.

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I tried again – using the same paper as the cover so it would match.  And when I flipped it to glue to the back I must have put it down on some glue somewhere, because I managed to tear the colour from his nose and lose his back hoof.

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Right – just rainbow it is then.

I used duct tape for the binding tape, and then quite frankly it got put in my To Do pile and forgotten about for months.  

When I finally got around to finishing it, the rubber band I’d used to hold it together had dented the duct tape spine a little.

But I carried on regardless.  I used my awl to poke out holes for the stitching.

I grabbed the cord I keep with my bookbinding pieces and pulled some through the wax.

I threaded my bookbinding needle, started stitching, and encountered the next problem.  My curved needle was the wrong shape and/or too big.

So I switched to a straight needle and stitched the notebook.  I did a saddle stitch, because by this point I had completely forgotten that the whole point of this project was to do that pretty chain stitch.

It’s very messy, and it doesn’t close properly.  But it’s a completed notebook, and it has a glittery rainbow on it.  And in the end, isn’t a glittery rainbow all that matters?

I will do that chain stitch.  As well as the other very pretty stitch that SeaLemon just released a tutorial for.  At some point.


Author: Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/artist/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.

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