I made some photos this morning when I made the slipcase for another travel journal. I plan to write up a tutorial for making these sturdy slipcases. It will be put up in the downloads and tutorials section once it is finished – you can see the tab at the top of the page.
Here are some of the photos with a much abbreviated explanation. The tutorial in its written form will contain more details and all the measures.
I usually only mark the width at several point, put on the guide and cut. No pencil line in a first step – this only makes the cut less precise.
The last vertical cut is through the whole board. Take take to make sure both sides of the case have equal width so that the spine will come out square.
The head and tail sections are more complicated to cut. This time I put down a pencil line the width of the book from the top (the headpiece is as long as the book is wide). Then between the vertical cuts, I cut half way through the board at the pencil line. Then on the sides I mark the board’s thickness and then do my cut there, off the pencil line. You can see this step in the picture. This is because the tabs are going to lay over the headpiece on the outside, and to have the head square and flat, the side have to be just a little taller than the spine.
I made a series of pictures of how I do the corners, but they are all completely out of focus, sorry.
I don’t fill in the sides, but you have to fill the front edge, otherwise the covering paper will tear.
This is let to dry for some hours, then the last piece of decoration is added – a piece of leather for easier retrieval of the book from the case, with a bead attached to its end. – Picture of the finished case with book will follow tomorrow.