Saturday, January 5, 2008

Bookbinding for Beginners - 11

by Florence O. Bean - Assistant in Manual Arts - Boston Public Schools

Mount for Memorandum Pad

Secure a small pad, and plan a mount to extend beyond the pad 1/8 of an inch or more on each side. Draw plans, work out, and paste as in A. Instead of a loop by which to suspend the pad, make a holder for a pencil to be placed on the right side of the mount. Cut a strip of vellum one-half or three quarters the length of the mount. At each end of the strip turn about 1/8 inch onto the wrong side to give a finished edge.

To secure the correct size, fold the strip over the pencil to be used, and, with the pencil still folded in, paste the two long edges of the strip together, and then to the back of the news board, having it placed midway between the top and bottom edges. The pasting of the back covering then follows. Remove the cardboard back from the pad before pasting it to the mount. Dry under weight.



C. POCKET MEMORANDUM PAD
This is intended to be carried in the pocket, and its size should be governed by its use. Avoid rectangles which approximate the square, but choose rather such proportions as 2: 3 or 2~: 4. As in A, make working drawings for the three pieces. If desired, the first drawing may be of the completed face. (See Plate XIII.) Layout and cut all parts. On the front piece of vellum lay the news board as in A, and draw around it.

From the corners indicated by the pencil lines measure equal distances along adjacent lines, and connect the points by straight lines. Be careful not to make these lines too near the corners, ¾ of an inch to 1 inch being a good measurement for a small pad. Cut on these lines with a sharp knife, or folding the ends of the line together cut along the line with scissors.

Apply paste to the front piece, being careful not to paste outside the slanting lines at the corners, for this space should be left free to hold the sheets of paper. One way to protect these corners is to insert a piece of news board or paper in the slits, from the right side of the vellum, so that the corners on the wrong side are covered.

The paste may then be applied with freedom. Remove the protecting piece of news board and paste the vellum to the foundation. Finish as in A without the hanger, or, if desired, add pencil holder as in B. Cut several sheets of white paper 1/8 of an inch smaller than the news board, and, when the paste is thoroughly dry, insert them in the slits.

D. BLOTTER
Like C except that it should be large enough to hold a school blotter. Increase the size of the corners to be proportionate to the size of the blotter.

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