I saw a video on the Hero Arts blog where Lisa Spangler created a little book of fortunes. I loved the idea and created my own, but for quotable quotes. I used some Japanese washi papers I had lying around and stamped inside with the Hero Arts Artistic Grapes stamp set. The green coloring on the inside pages is peeled paint Distress Ink – my favorite color!

I also used old dictionary pages, with words relating to each quote. I like the contrast of the formal Japanese design on the outside, that goes all grungy on the inside pages. It was really fun to create this book and super simple in terms of bookbinding techniques. I personally scored all my pages to create a gutter area for the binding. This way they are easy to flip already. This kind of binding takes up a chunk of the page on the left side, but it does make it all nice and neat. I’m realizing how easy this kind of binding is and how much more secure it is than rings, for example, for minibooks!

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