What store-bought card can compare to one you've made yourself? Or create your own book. From the paper you use, to the binding holding it all together, everything will be your own handiwork. Select from a variety of book and card types, and continue to make the creative choices as you develop your medium. Full-color illustrations take you through each step. 160 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 11.
Books with creative formats and artistic bindings have always been a specialty of small presses, but now the computer printer enables anyone to make distinctive-looking books. These three volumes are full of ideas and techniques for compiling and binding handmade books in many formats, including "memory books" and personalized scrapbooks. Blake (Making and Decorating Your Own Paper, Sterling, 1995) deals mainly with the mechanics of making covers and bindings. Graphic designer Kropper goes beyond this into hand-decorated pages, unusual formats, and traditional methods such as fore-edge painting. The Vanessa-Ann book is for makers of memory books and includes projects combining photographs and keepsakes with cutout mountings and simple bindings. All three books are good additions to public library collections, complementing one another rather than overlapping.