Doll North Bookmaking Part 2

C. Making the Cover

1. Making the Spine
Place the book cloth paper side up.  Apply glue the the spine matboard, and center it on the book cloth.

Apply glue to one side of the spine, leaving a gap. Place the goldenrod cardstock along the top, and use the gray bar as a guide for the correct width between the spine and the cover. Repeat for the other side.

Apply glue to the matboard and fold the book cloth over, pressing firmly. Repeat for the other side.

Flip the cover over. Apply glue to the matboard, then apply a piece of blue cardstock. Butt the cardstock right up against the edge of the book cloth. Repeat for the other side.

Let dry a little bit, then cut off the excess blue cardstock with scissors or a razor blade.

2. Applying the Paper
Select a piece of decorative paper, making sure it has at least one straight edge.

Line up the thin printed line on the goldenrod cardstock guide with the straight edge of the decorative paper, and mark along the edge of the guide with a pencil.

Apply glue between the line and the edge of the paper. Then, place the matboard cover along the line. Repeat for the other side.

Trim the paper to about .5″ all the way around.

Cut notches to the corners at the top and bottom as shown.

Apply glue to the tabs and fold over, pressing firmly. Repeat for all sides.

Trim the excess from the corners as shown, keeping the trim straight along the edge.

Fold the edge of the paper over but do not glue it. Press firmly to get an obvious crease.

Unfold the paper, and trim the corners as shown, leaving the little lip for the cover to wrap around the side of the matboard cover.

Apply glue and fold the paper over, pressing firmly. Do the same for the other side.

The cover is done! Now to apply end papers to the text block and attach it to the cover.

Test out how it fits together!