Postcard Minibook with a unique twist on Japanese-inspired Binding | Alexandra Michiardi | Skillshare

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Postcard Minibook with a unique twist on Japanese-inspired Binding

teacher avatar Alexandra Michiardi, Pattern designer, crafter, writer

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Material Needed

    • 3. Preparing the pages

    • 4. Sewing the pages

    • 5. Making the covers

    • 6. Binding-Part I

    • 7. Binding-Part II

    • 8. Completing Project

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About This Class


This class is for scrapbookers, paper lovers and any crafters who is interested in new ways to make original mini-books from easy and simple techniques.

In this class, I will teach you how to make a unique mini-book starting from blank postcards (as cover and pages) and using an original binding technique inspired by traditional japanese binding.

In my project, I have chosen to use a sewing machine to add texture to my pages. However, it is possible to complete this project without a sewing machine.

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Alexandra Michiardi

Pattern designer, crafter, writer


I'm Alex, a French girl who is not really French anymore since she's left her home country 17 years ago.

I live in Sheffield (UK) with my husband, our son Tristan (who is now 10), and our daughter Zoé (who is 4).


I am a surface pattern designer and a Japan lover (I run a blog called Slow Kyoto


I've always been an avid crafter and especially a papercrafter. I love learning new techniques and creativity is a part of my daily life.

I would like to inspire you, making you want to create. In the end, happiness is being in peace with oneself and creativity is a mean to achieve it. I would like you to be happy. Happy people make a better world.


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1. Introduction: Welcome and thank you for being here with me today. I'll teach you how to create a mini book binding postcard size paper using a unique and simple technique inspired by traditional Japanese binding. I have chosen to sue my pages with a sewing machine. But if you don't all want or don't want to use it, you can only use glue or add hand stitches if you enjoy it. So this is a mini book you could use as a photo album, for instance, or as a notebook or anything you like. 2. Material Needed: For this project, you'll need bland postcards or paper cut to the size you prefer. You'll need contrasting colored paper. Patent paper, or a postcard for the cover of your book called tok, string and a needle. 3. Preparing the pages: So let's talk about project, preparing our pages. So first you will need to cut rectangles of colored paper following the diagram here, to cut to the size of your page. So basically the highest, the same high of your postcard and the width is double of the width you want. Finally, once you've got your tabs, so these rectangles, we call them tabs. You just fold them in half and we'll glue them to each postcard. So. 4. Sewing the pages: As I already told you in the introduction, I am using a sewing machine to add a bit of texture to my tabs and my peaches. But you don't have to do it if you don't like it, or if you don't have a sewing machine or a few scared of using your sewing machine with paper. So my, my sewing machine as maybe ten years old, it wasn't really expensive, is product brand. And I've been using it almost only for my paper project. And it's still going strong. So be brave today if you've never used it to sue paper and just do it, you'll be happy with the result. So I'm using here contrasting neon pink thread. And I'm going through all my pages. 5. Making the covers: Now UOP, you'll pay cheese for you. So we'll now work on the front cover of the book using a postcard or a patent paper cut to size and a sheet of white paper. So you'll have first to cut the light paper to the same size of your postcard, make a new tab. And basically proceeding just as we proceeded with the peaches. So we pollute a tab to the sheet of paper. You will also have to make another page like this for your back cava. This is how it will look like. You'll pay cheese in the middle sandwiched between your front cover and back cover. So now I've attached a postcard to the front page that we made political. So please, if you want to be neater than me when you work, you have to apply the glue and a spreadsheet with a brush. So now let's complete our back cover. So basically you'll take the cost. Ok, you choose to make your buck co-author decisive your page. So I'm using one of my peaches as a guide. So I have chosen to add another Cox took to just add a pop of color. And I'm Curtin get to this size of my previously kit cardboard. So I decided to teach my yellow card stock to my back page. You can only do it if you want. 6. Binding-Part I: So now we'll start the binding process. So will it be punching holes in our tabs? So first you need to cut a guide to the size of your tap defeasible pot. So this is my guide. And then I'll make two marks equally distanced from each border. So you can choose between 2.52 centimeters from the top and from the bottom, and then you center these marks. So now we'll pinching two holes into guide. So now we will use these guide to punch our pages all the tabs. So by aligning the guide on now a tab and mocking to two holds on every page we made. So once we have our logs, we can punch the tops off of the peachy. So once you've done with all your pages, you can start the biding PO2. 7. Binding-Part II: We'll now start the finding process. So you'll need to prepare a material, the pages, your backend front cover, a thread and a needle. Here I choose to work with a string of wall that you could use waxed linen, cotton, or any string you like. If you book has a similar thickness compared to mine, you can use 30 centimeters of thread. Otherwise, work out the formula here before cutting your thread. So the first time be sure to leave a tape, I would recommend around 10 centimeters. Because if it's too short, you'll see while you have problem in the end. So now it's second time in the same hole and a third and last time. So once you're done with this one and we'll just pull just trained to one site. Then you tighten. Oops, don't do it that way. Please make sure you have the same length of thread on both sides before cutting. So now deceased the third and final time, we go through the same hole. And so we have to pull the string on, decide. 8. Completing Project: So now to embellished, does pi1, would it be the colorant fend? I chose to add beat. I've really kind of improvising here. So you can either follow this kept all, you can be creative and find your own way. If you've completed your mini book, I hope you really like it. Thank you so much for following this class today. I hope you enjoyed it despite my English, sorry. I wish you'd will spark new ideas to create older versions of these bindings. So please share your work with me and leave a review.