Home > Books & Scrap-Booking > Book Covers

Book Covers

By: Natasha Reed - Updated: 26 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Book Notebook Scrapbook Album Cover

Many books are sold in shops today with beautiful handmade covers. But it is easy to create your own if you have a few craft materials handy.

You may have a book, notebook or scrapbook album which is useable but you just don’t like the cover. It may be that you want to revamp the outside of a scrapbook album to reflect the contents and link in with the theme. A cheap notebook from a supermarket, when covered with handmade paper or decorated paper makes a great present. Let your imagination go free and use designs, packaging, art, nature or anything else to inspire your designs. You could personalise a book for a special friend or to reflect what is inside, for example creating a recipe book, friendship book, address book, diary or whatever you can think of.

When covering a book or scrapbook album you will need accurate measuring and cutting tools to make sure that you know exactly how much of the materials you will need. Take care to make sure that all edges are straight for a neat, professional-looking finish.

Cutting Mat

A self healing mat is essential as it not only protects your work surface but when cut the edges come together again “healing” so there is not an indent left. The cutting mat therefore remains smooth ready for the next cut. The cutting mat will only cope with vertical cuts as angled cuts gouge out parts.

Metal Ruler

Always use a metal ruler and not a plastic ruler when cutting with a craft knife. The knife will cut parts of the plastic out and make the ruler unusable. The metal ruler, preferably with a cork base to stop it from slipping is best.

Cutting Knife

A metal craft knife with a disposable blade is necessary to make clean cuts in paper or card. Replace the blade regularly.

Pencil

A shape HB pencil is best when measuring paper and card so it can be rubbed out easily not leaving any marks

Step 1

paper with printed designChoose the paper you want to cover your book or album with. It should not be too thick or it will not fold easily, however too thin and it won’t be sturdy enough. A weight of 140 to 160 gsm should be used. Decide if you want to decorate the paper at this stage. Here a simple rubber stamp of a leaf design was printed all over the paper with green ink. 20px break

Step 2

marking out the shape of the book on the paperMeasure the book or album you are covering, measuring length, height and width. Now mark this out on the paper allowing a 2cm margin on all sides. With a scoring tool score lines where all the folds will be. 20px break

Step 3

corners are folded and glued downfinal book coverCut out a “V” shape from each corner to allow the edges to join neatly. Now place glue along all borders. Open the book and place in to the centre of the paper. Fold one edge over and secure one side to the book, pressing down firmly. Press all edges down and close the book to make sure the paper is not too tight.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • janel
    Re: Glossary of Knitting Terminology
    I am struggling to understand the following in my pattern. This forms the second row of a foundation row. It says the…
    18 November 2017
  • CraftExpert
    Re: Glossary of Knitting Terminology
    Gran Jean - Your Question:I am attempting a teddy bear sweater from this week's Woman's Weekly. I've reached the sleeves part…
    13 November 2017
  • Gran Jean
    Re: Glossary of Knitting Terminology
    I am attempting a teddy bear sweater from this week's Woman's Weekly. I've reached the sleeves part and don't understand…
    10 November 2017
  • CraftExpert
    Re: Glossary of Knitting Terminology
    Elms - Your Question:Hi I have a pattern which states"cross" but doesnt tell you what to do, can you help?
    7 November 2017
  • Elms
    Re: Glossary of Knitting Terminology
    Hi i have a pattern which states"cross" but doesnt tell you what to do, can you help?
    1 November 2017
  • CraftExpert
    Re: Glossary of Knitting Terminology
    lorna doswell - Your Question:Please could you explain k2tog, yfwd, (k1tbl) 3 times, yfwd s1, k1psso. My main confusion is…
    24 October 2017
  • lorna doswell
    Re: Glossary of Knitting Terminology
    Please could you explain k2tog, yfwd, (k1tbl) 3 times, yfwd s1, k1psso. My main confusion is those in the bracket does mean…
    23 October 2017
  • Caryn
    Re: Glossary of Knitting Terminology
    Hello, I can’t seem to add it up. I have cast on 31 sts and continued to desired length. Next row: Patt to last 17 sts, cast…
    16 October 2017
  • Roz
    Re: Glossary of Knitting Terminology
    Hi, I have a dilemma, the pattern I’m using, a James c Brett JB159. I’m stuck! Any help greatfully appreciated…
    5 October 2017
  • CraftExpert
    Re: Sell Your Home Made Cards
    pri - Your Question:Sir I want to sell my quilling card online. please give me a idea about how I sell and which website?
    4 October 2017
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the CraftExpert website. Please read our Disclaimer.