Tutorial: How to make your own paper tape

screenshot of websiteFor those who are interested in the paper arts, keep an art journal or make cards, or do any of the paper crafts, this tutorial on how to make your own custom paper tape from Cathe of Just Something I Made, is a technique that is a little different.

 Just Something I Made is full of ideas that are not necessarily a rehash of every other craft blog out there. The freebie section is loaded with printables and the DYI tutorials.

So while there make a cuppa and take a browse.

Make books from recycled packaging

 You can make books from all sorts of recycled materials. One of the most obvious is clean packaging.
Over on Exploring the Wonders of Life, Shari has written a clear well illustrated tutorial on how to make a book from a cookie box


The equipment required for simple bookbinding is minimal and bookbinding is not difficult. 

As a tip if you are just wanting to try book binding and not spend a lot of money to see if you like making books use a the back of a spoon as a bonefolder substitute. When I first started to bind that is what I used.

Any large needle will work as book binding needle. Use a strong thread like a perle #8 to stitch with. If you have beeswax in your sewing box wax your thread.

I use an old phone book as a paper punching cradle. I simply open the phone book and the middle valley is the cradle. Many people don’t do enough book binding invest in special equipment or store it! However if you get the book binding bug you can then buy the equipment you need knowing you will use it.

That said, Sandi’s Cookie Box tutorial is a great place to start