Library and Information Week: Create a book with Matt at Carindale Library - video transcript

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>> MATTHEW: Hello everyone, I’m Matthew from Carindale Library.

Before we get started, I would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to Elders who are with us today and those who have passed.

Welcome to Library and Information Week 2020. This year the theme is 'Create'. Every day this week Brisbane Libraries will be sharing an online event celebrating creativity. We encourage you all to get creative with us and share the projects we inspire.

Today we will be making a simple book together to encourage creating connections, with family, friends, and community.

For today’s craft you’re going to need a couple of materials. You need two pieces of cardboard... same size, at least as large as the material you intend to bind.

Today I’m going to be using A5 coloured paper, but you can use anything you have around the house.  Whether that be some old postcards, maybe some photos, or maybe you’ve drawn some pictures that you’d like to put into a book, whatever it is as long as you can fit it between two pieces of cardboard that’s fine.

We’re also going to need some string for our binding, whether that’s kitchen twine or some old ribbon you have lying around.  And if you would like to create a clasp for you book you will also need a button.

For today we’re also going to need; some glue, a ruler, a pencil, a pair of scissors, some tape, and a hole punch. Whether that’s a single, a double, whatever you have is fine.

So, to get started where going to start by making our face plates.

What you’re going to need to do, is take one of those pieces of cardboard and measure out about 2.5cm off the front.  Draw a line across that and then we’re going to cut that out.  What this is going to be is for when we make out hole for our binding, our cover needs to be able to move a bit.

Once you’ve created a straight line across there all you’re going to do is grab your tape and get a piece of tape roughly as large as this material your using. Place it across the end, and then line it up so that the width of your card is the same distance of gap that your using between the two.

So, you see now I’ve got this small line in between and that’s going to basically create our joint.  We only want tape on one side, on the side that’s going to be our front so that it does move that way when we bind our book latter on.

With that done we can get back to covering it, today I’m using some old wrapping paper that I had lying around, if you’ve got origami paper, coloured paper, a drawing that you like. As long as it’s about 1cm or so larger than whatever your using for your front plate.

Grab your glue and using the front of our book, which you can label if you’d like to remember, you’re going to put glue on that. So, it’s the side with the tape.

This is going to go face down in the middle of your coloured paper.  Now you can measure out exactly how big it needs to be, but we’re going to cover the other side as well, so it’s not important to make it exact.

From there you want to cut off each of the corners.

The gap that you leave between that line there and the edge of your corner, is roughly equal to the width of your cardboard.

So, we’re going to go ahead and do that for each of our corners.

Might just take a little more off there, doesn’t matter if you don’t get it exact, but if you’d like you can measure it out.

With that done, grab your glue again and just run that along each of those tabs.  And then, being careful to keep your paper nice and tight, fold them in and tac them down.

You’ll notice in the corners they should come together nicely, but just make sure you don’t leave any kind of jagged edges there.

You want to be careful when you’re doing this step that you aren’t having things like this fold up.  If you do, just run a bit of extra glue under there.  Depending what your using to bind it, it might be a little more resistant so you can always add a little extra glue.

Now I’m using just a normal glue stick, but if you’ve only got PVA or something like that, that will be fine just be mindful that you don’t put too much under there such that the paper warps.

So, I’ve now got my front cover all bound up on the back side.

I’m going to go ahead now and do the same with my other piece of card.

On this one I haven’t drawn a line across here and cut anything out, this is just as the same size.  You’ll notice with our line now there is a little bit of difference.

Here’s one I prepared earlier.

So now with our two pieces bound ready.  This is going to be the front of the book.

At this stage we are going to want to put in a hole, and that’s going to be in the middle of your book.

So, measure out whatever you’ve got, mines about 15cm, so we’re going to put a hole right here.

Grab your hole punch, place a single hole through the whole width of the card, like so.
Go ahead and do the same on the front.
Now notice I have the side with my hinge, I’m doing it on the opposite side.  So, this side.

Measure it out again, right in the middle.
Now, this is only if you intend to put a button on the front.  If you’re not intending to put a button, you don’t need to put these holes in.

On the back end we’re going to create a bit of ribbon there. Basically, to tie up our button once it’s on.  Thread it through from the back and you can leave as much as you like, I’m going to leave about that.

Cut of your ribbon and you want to create enough so that you can bind it to the back.

In this case we have left a large strip there.  Now you want to grab a bit more tape and just tape that down nice and flat.

You can use glue if you’ve got your glue there that’s fine too.  If you want to put a staple in it, do bear in mind you are going to pierce the front of your board, or in this case the back of our book.

Once you’ve got that in ready to tie up, do the same again with your front.

Now for this remember whatever thickness holes you’ve got in your button that’s the kind of ribbon you want to put through there as its just being used to tie that in.

You can go ahead and thread that through and tie off your button first if you’d like.  It doesn’t matter which order you go in for this.  I’m just going to run this straight through the middle, cut a length of kitchen twine and thread that through.

Now, you want to have that reasonable tight to the front, but you do also want to leave enough space in between there that you’ll be able to feed your ribbon through.

So, I will leave that a little bit loose.  Tape again, on the top, trim off any excess you might have.  I might even put a second piece just to keep it nice and strong.  You are going to have some pull against that.

Now, you should have two pieces each with their own piece of ribbon through it, one for the button that that’s just going to tie onto latter when we’re finish.

Alright, with those done we need to cover up the extent of our ribbon by putting in some other piece of coloured paper.  I’ve just chosen a plain blue, but whatever you have around is fine.

This is pretty simple if you haven’t already, you want to make it roughly a centimetre shorter just so that it fills in that gap but leaves a little bit on the side so that you’re not creating that joint where it’s just going to peel.  Run your glue again over the edge and stick it down.

You can be as exact as you’d like.  If you want to grab a ruler and measure it out, that’s fine.  But for our purposes today it just needs to create a binding for us.

If you are binding old photos or any kind of postcard, bear in mind that hinge and the binding that we are putting in on the side is going to cover a little bit of the words.

So, in that case you may wish to create a hinge on each piece of card that you’re going to be binding.

So, this is the side with my hinge and I’m just going to put a bit of a crease in there just to ensue that latter on when I do bend it open it doesn’t pull and tear.

You can always add a little extra glue, just to make sure that’s strong.

If you want, you can run a piece of tape along across there, that is going to be hidden by our binding latter on, so it won’t matter if you add a bit of reinforcement there.

You can put those aside to dry, we’re going to move along to what we’re going to bind.

Today I’m using A5 blue paper, I’ve also chosen a piece of paper the same colour as my inside just to give it a little more coherency as it goes through.

We need to mark out the holes for binding now. Doesn’t matter how many holes you’d like to do. You can use one hole, you can use two holes, you can use three holes, whatever you’d like is fine.

For today I think I am going to go with three.

So, you want to measure them out roughly equal, I’m going to go 2cm in form each edge, leaving about 11cm in the middle.  Let’s split the difference at 5.5cm, and that’s going to be the position for my three holes.

Make sure your lining up the point in what ever hole punch your using, and just clip them out.  You’ll see coming in, we’ve left a little gap there.

Do make sure that you are measuring this step, because you will need to put the same holes in your cover latter on.

So now you should end up with a stack of paper or card, whatever you have with three, or however many, holes you have done.

We’re now going to take our faceplate, hopefully they’ve dried, and you’re going to line them up.

Hopefully you remember where you positioned those holes earlier.  For me it was 2cm and 5.5cm. Mark those out, and we’re just going to create another three holes.

Be careful with your card here at this stage if you’ve added a lot of binding, it could become stuck, or it could break.

Go ahead and put in your three measured holes. Excellent.

Go ahead and do the same again with your back.

Now do bear in mind, that’s the front of mine so the holes are going in the hinge, the opposite side to my button.

For the back you obviously want the other side to your ribbon.

Measure it out, and punch.  Brilliant.

So now we have our insides and our outsides, each with three holes, and all we’re going to do now for our final step, is to put them together.

Today I’m just going to use some present wrapping ribbon.

Whatever you’d like, if you’ve got some craft ribbon, or as I said before kitchen twine is fine. It doesn’t matter what your using your going to need a length about equal to twice the height of your book if you like.  Cut that out.

Now what you are going to want to do is fold (the ribbon) in half and grab an eyelet and push that through from the back of your book to the front.

So I am going to go through the back plating first, and being careful that I don’t thread through the whole ribbon, I’m then going to grab my pages and thread them through.

And of course, finally through the front of my book.

If you have used a drawing or a picture for the front of your book, do make sure that you are happy with the orientation of that drawing as you’re going through.

So, from there, we’re just going to pull that eyelet over to the back of the book across the top or the spine there and pull the rest of the ribbon through.

That’s going to create our first binding, just like that.

We’re going to go down now to the end and do something similar.

So, run your piece through to the middle, just one at this point.  Push it through the back, through the pages, and you can just, like a flip book, kind roll through them till you have what you need at the time.

Thread it through the pages, just be careful you don’t miss one like I have here, and then thread it through your front.

Pull all that tight and you should see, you’ve got one piece of ribbon through and one piece at the back.

Next, we are going to take this end piece and run it through the top.

At this point you can fold it over into an eye, and just thread that through.

Just be sure to leave enough space and thread it through the back, grab your pages, through your pages, and then through your front.

Pull the ribbon through, and you actually want to pass underneath this ribbon here and go back through again.

With that now you should see they all line up, so it should be a simple matter for us just to push it back through again, and you’ll end up with that eyelet.

Hold your finger in and pull it though.

So now you should have two of your bindings, one here, and one here.  top and bottom.

So, the final one, just going to take the end that we have just threaded through the top of our book, thread it through the middle.  Which hopefully should all be together for you, and you’re going to take your two spare ends, pull everything nice and tight make it nice and happy.  Take them up and tie them off to this original string.

You can do whatever kind of knot you’d like; it doesn’t make a difference.  I’m just going to go underneath, pull it nice and tight and then through under again.  If you are trying different knots out do be mindful that obviously the volume of that tie is going to impact how it sits on the ground or the table.  We’re just going to go with a nice simple tie.

Now, you can hide those by pushing them into the back plate there as well.  But I’m just going to trim them up nice and close.

And there we have our finished book, ribbon tied across the button ready to go.  Hopefully you enjoy sharing that with members of your community, family, and friends.

Thank you for joining us today, we hope you’ve enjoyed our book making video as much as we enjoyed making it. What kind of book are you going to create? 

Remember to share your projects in the comments below, by tagging us @brisbanelibraries, or using the hashtags #brisbanelibraries, or #LIW2020.

Tomorrow Indooroopilly Library is going to show us how they made the CREATE animation at the beginning of all of our Library and Information Week videos. Join us then to learn how to make your own simple animations.

Form all of us at Carindale, we hope you’re staying safe out there, and we’ll see you next time.

Last updated: 25 May 2020
Topics: library