Items used: Awl, Bone Folder, Ruler (with cork back), Dummy pages, Cutting mat (with dimensions)
1. Score the page: Every book was hand scored. The inside “pages” came as one long straight page. I hand scored every crease of every book. Normally, I’d give a little lesson on short grain vs. long grain. That was out of my control in this case, and so that will be discussed at another point in time. The picture below shows the page being lined up on the cutting mat along any of the horizontal straight lines. A ruler was also used to make sure the vertical line was correct.
2. The picture below shows the bone folder being used to score the page. The book was 38 inches wide. The book was scored at an inch on either side, and every page of the book was scored to be 3 inches wide.
2. Folding: Once the book was scored it was folded. As pictured below, the bone folder was used to crease down the edges. It keeps the edges tight and perfect.
Below is another example of creasing.
Pictured below is what the book looked like when it was finished being folded.
3. Stamping: At Stamped Books, every book is hand stamped so everyone gets an unique experience with their book. This book was stamped with three different types of stamps. One (not pictured) is the Stamped Book label. Another is pictured below; it is a bicycle stamp. (See our About Stamped Books page to get info on where to purchase excellent handmade rubber stamps.)
Below is a picture of the bicycle stamp.
The third stamp that was used was a dotted line stamp. This was used to connect every bicycle that was stamped, so it looks like a bicycle path throughout the book.
Below is the process of stamping the book.
4. Punch holes: It should be stated that dummies were made first, to make the hole punching much easier. In this specific model, multiple practice holes were made until the alignment came out just right. Then, as pictured below, a cover was placed on the mat. It was aligned with the horizontal lines by looking at the underline of the title.
Next, the dummy was placed directly on top of it. The awl was then punched through the holes to create the new hole into the book’s cover.
The same process was used for the back cover.
And the same process was used for the pages. A dummy was laid on top of the nice copy, and holes were punched.
Stay tuned for post #2 on How To Make _How To Ride A Bike In Pittsburgh_ to learn how to sew it!
Notes: One major part of the process. The books were not screen printed. After much trial and error and error and error, it was found that it would be impossible to screen print the books. However, I did learn how to screen print, and will be using the method in the future to screen print poems onto skirts.