I have been having a lot of fun with the Photo Book Creator that Unibind sent me to try and to create a book for their CHA booth. It's a great way to bind books in seconds. You can check it out at www.myphotobookcreator.com.
After putting your pages in the hardback photograph book (album cover), you place the spine on the PhotoBook Binding Machine. It was so simple to use and took no time at all to bind. I love it and I'm sure you will too.
If you visit Unibind's booth at CHA, you'll see the great distressed cover that I create. Here are the instructions for that distressed look. You can click on the photo above to enlarge the photograph.
Acrylic paint: blue, off-white, tan
Black album, Unibind
Brown paper*, 9 by 12-inches
Masking tape, 1/16-inch width
Scrap paper, 8 1/2 by 11-inch
Waxed paper, 9 by 12-inches
White paper, 8 1/2 by 11-inches
*brown paper grocery bag or other thick paper
Craft brush, flat, 1/2-inch
Circle hole punch, 1 1/2-inch
Insert the brown paper between the book covers to protect the inside cover from the paint.
Place the masking tape around the edges of the front cover and burnish the edges with the craft stick.
Use the 8 1/2 by 11-inch scrap paper and hole punch to create enough circles to make a polka dot pattern on the front cover of the book. Secure the circles to the font cover with double-stick tape.
Apply a thin coat of tan paint over the exposed areas of the book cover. Let the paint dry. Randomly apply the off-white paint to the exposed areas of the front cover of the book. Let the paint dry.
Remove the paper circles from the painted cover. Use the edge of the craft knife to scrape some of the paint off the cover. Wipe the cover with the soft cloth to remove the scrapings.
Heat the iron on the highest setting.
Apply the blue paint over the front cover of the book, making sure to leave some of the previous painted areas exposed.
Let the paint become tacky, but not dry. Before the paint dries, crumble the waxed paper and flatten it out on the top of the book’s front cover. Smooth the paper with your hands. Place the 8 1/2 by 11-inch white paper over the waxed paper. Quickly run the iron over the front cover. Remove both papers from the cover. Let the paint dry completely.
Embellish your cover, insert your sheets, and place the book in the PhotoBook Binding Machine.