Or, I could think of it as I am just not that bright and y'all already knew this and no one told me.
Either way, I am letting the cat out of the bag.
IF YOU ARE HAND-STITCHING YOUR TEXT BLOCKS... STOP RIGHT NOW. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO MAKE YOUR FINGERTIPS BLEED ANYMORE. I HAVE AN EASIER WAY.
BUY A YOURSTORY.
Now don't get me wrong when you need to stitch a book, do it. But one of the things that I have realized is that when it all boils down in the end, no one sees the text block stitching on a hard covered book.
I can remember buying a few pre-made text-blocks from a vendor at a Inspired for more than I wanted to pay.
Then I happened upon the YourStory from Provo Craft. You can bind attached signatures as well as single pages.
I made three small books with scraps that were too big to actually throw away.
My favorite is a small German story book that I gutted and made a custom text-block. I used a fringe from an old leather skirt that I picked up from some scraps my Mom was throwing away.
I just love how they came out.
I really like the re-purposed cover so I am keeping that one for me to carry in my bag.
I must admit that I did not expect to like it as much as I do.
The most exciting thing about this whole process is that all you need is a few squeezes of a glue stick in the spine cover of your signatures.
You can make the book as thick as 1 inch. You can make the text block as long as 12 inches.
And to top it all off, if you surf the web, I have seen them for under 25.00.
It is a bookbinders dream! Trust me on this one. I would never lie to you.
As a matter of fact, if you come on the cruise, I am raffling the YourStory.
until we meet again,