Having never made a book before I thought that I would try it out for my sister’s birthday present. I made a hardcover and a smaller soft cover book using the same materials but different methods. I also got her a Katazome-shi covered tea tin (available in-store in several different sizes and patterns) and a pen holder to attach to her books (available in-store in silver and gold). I made her a matching bookmark.
On both books I used the Kurotani #55 Tanabata (available in-store) for the cover paper, which is one of my favourite natural papers right now. I love the flecks of colour on the beautiful Japanese handmade paper. I wanted to add a little bit more colour to the inside and used the Moriki Kozo Raspberry for the end pages on both as well. I added a teal ribbon (available in-store) for a little bit of something extra. For the bookmark I covered on side of cardstock with the Kurotani #55 Tanabata and the other with the Moriki Kozo Raspberry.
I used a cardstock between the cover and end page on the soft cover book, which I also scored at the side to make it easier to write in.
I had a lot of fun making everything. It was a nice challenge for my first book binding experience.