After I reorganized my admin, I found myself with a couple of empty file folders at hand. They happened to be those grey marbled cardboard ones, which I still think are the best. However, there was no use for them in sight, and no-one I could give them to, so I thought of a small recycling project.
Initially I wanted to make a couple of note books, filled with scrap paper. After I got started however, it grew into something totally different.
This booklet can hold other things...some shiny beetles for instance. Very useful indeed. Hmmm, I feel a ton of ideas coming up, for magical tiny worlds, all captured in small notebooks.
I think it's Elsa Mora's work that got me on this track. I discovered her blog a couple of weeks ago and love the paper cuts and mini books she makes. Not that mine turned out anything as wondrous and artful as her's, but I can never resist making something small that is not-quite-what-it-seems.
If you want to make a "book-case", most of the work is going to be to cut out the same shape through the x amount of pages you want to use (that's why I used relatively flat objects!).
If you use an old, glued paperback for a filling (like I did), try to keep it together at the back so the pages don't shift about while you are cutting. When you are finished cutting, binding (I used rings, which is easy) and decorating you can glue the pages together. This is done best in steps and with enough drying time in between. Or alternatively just glue a couple of pages together, and make small boxes that fit into the cut out shape. When you glue these boxes into the cut out shape, they will hold things together.
If this is al too much work: Do make a notebook!