So my 15 year old daughter comes to me with a cut-up Starbucks bag, and some notebook paper she has made into about 12 or so signatures. She asks,”Mom, show me how you made your book last year…I want to make this into a little book.”
At first, I’m not altogether sure what she’s talking about. But slowly it dawns on me, that she has this OH SO COOL idea to recycle a Starbucks bag into her very own journal/sketchbook complete with handles! How cool is that!??
So I proceed to tell her that the “technical” way to sew all these signatures together is using waxed thread with a needle and awl, and oh, you need a pattern to show you where to punch the holes, and well, it is a bit tedious going, the sewing and everything, then you glue this here and that there and…
Her eyes are glazing over. I know my daughter. At least what I know is this: she is amazingly creative, makes things and crochets fabulous stuff without any patterns, has incredible ideas but not quite as much patience or endurance, being 15 and all:). So I admit to her, that I myself (who also doesn’t have a huge store of patience for tedious projects, being 44 and all:) found the sewing to be a bit taxing on my stick2itiveness last year when I made a small book filled with watercolor paper. I suggest to her to find an alternative way. We toss around a few ideas, toss out a few others, and then she disappears.
When she returns to the kitchen table (aka. The Making Table which is always piled with crayons, markers, papers for drawing, cutting, making stuff, scissors, glue etc. Drives my hubby NUTS!) she has a stapler in tow and begins to assemble The Book. I marveled as it progressed. I do so wish I had taken pictures of the entire process, since I’m sure someone out there will want to make one of these cool things. But here’s what she did:
Each signature of regular notebook paper was stapled to a piece of the Starbucks bag she cut in the shape of a “spine”, with about an inch or so extra on each side of the spine. She stapled these signatures to the “spine” along the middle fold line inside each signature. She did say this was a bit tedious since she was using a regular length stapler and had to curl under a portion of the notebook paper in order to staple them to the spine. She stapled each signature side-by-side to the “spine” as closely as she possibly could. A long-armed stapler would have made this much easier! Then she made the front and back covers from the parts of the bag that had the handle because she wanted a “carrying journal” (totally cool!) She used a bit of posterboard glued to the front and back parts to make it more sturdy. She then glued the front and back onto the extra inch on either side of the “spine”. After this dried, she then lined the inside of each cover and lined the outside of the “spine” to cover up the staples. She even made a bookmark to go with it.
Is this not a really clever idea????
Or am I just a proud mom?