i hosted a pARTy last friday, and we made refillable books!
they are pretty simple: front/back/spine boards covered with book cloth and decorative paper, half-moon envelopes on the inside covers, and 3 signatures of 8.5 x 11 paper secured inside with elastic cord (the signatures can be removed and replaced, giving the book a long life). i thought it’d be a great introduction to covering boards for bookmaking for the newbies, and a refresher for those that have been attending since day one. we had a slow start, since i wanted everyone to have the chance to pick their paper and book cloth combination: once decisions were made all of the pieces were individually hand-cut. but the assembly went pretty quickly, and wow, look at all of the beautiful books!
and we ate a lot of cheese!