Hi All,

I made my first altered book a couple of years ago, and all of the pages have come out of the cover. (because I was new at this, I didn't rip out enough pages at the start, so all of my additions: gesso, paint, etc. have caused the pages to break away from the cover, due to the thickness factor).  Does anyone know how I can put these pages securely together, back in the cover?? I've since taken some pages out, so no more issues with 'overstuffing'. I simply do not know how to hold them together AND incorporate the cover.

I will try to post a couple of photos.

Thank you!

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This is really nice! I haven't done this before, so I'm just thinking off the top op my head. Won't it help to put the pages back together first with glue and then glue them onto the cover as a unit? There are several different ways of binding, but the only thing I can think of with this is glue. I hope that helps. I can add a link for a tutorial about that, if I am allowed to. I am still quite new on the site...not sure what is allowed as far as links go, but I have been watching tutorials about book binding that's really nice.

First, I love your entries.  They are so creative.

You could maybe stitch the pages together with thread and a small needle.  Then you could punch three holes in the front and back cover and attach the pages through the thread stitches.  Less messy than glue.  Hold them together with clothes pins while you sew or glue.

There is a book ( softcover) called "COVER TO COVER creative techniques for making beautiful books, journals & albums" by Shereen LaPlantz

It is all about making them from scratch basically, not using a book to start like you did... BUT the basic techniques in the bindings you could use to FIX your binding issue... and they would hold your book permanently.   :) Look for it.  I found mine at JoAnn's.  My store is a very small store, so I know that larger stores would carry it... and even amazon.  Good luck.   But your best bet is stitching it and I would use a WAXED HEMP to bind it with. and I would reinforce the paper pages first even though you have gesso on them, if you poke holes in them at all with a 1/16th or 1/8th in hole punch you will weaken it.  I only use 1/16 punch on mine.  And the thinnest hemp I can find fro decorating... but for binding, you may need a bit thicker up and waxed so that its a bit stronger and grabs good.  :)  hope you can finda solution



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