Watson Mill - Books

by brae  

I drew the circle library with tall shelves, but I want to make sure this will look good before spending the time on construction.  I also want to make sure I build in enough depth to the shelves for realistic books.  To that end, I need to have my supply of books for the mock-up process.

When I first made books, I printed covers and wrapped them around pieces of balsa or basswood scraps and painted the edges.  This effort is great if they will be seen laying on their side so the pages show.  My first batch had hardcovers since I lined the paper covers with cardstock.

The batches for the Heritage have just the plain paper covers since they sit mostly on bookshelves.  One thing I think is key for realism is to have varying widths, heights and colors.

I have also used cardboard for the mass produced paperback variety.  Easier to cut and it gives the look of pages without painting.

I thought the Cricut would be a great help in making the books I need, but I do already have a stash of cut covers to start.  I usually sort my cut covers by thickness needed based on the spine.

I took those sorted stacks and divided them into batches per height.  I'm using up the stash, but the next time I print book covers, I will print in batches of the same height to use this method.

I made long rectangles in the Cricut Design Space based on the heights needed.  I estimated how many strips I would need figuring I could always cut more.   I'm using a block of cardstock I got on sale at either Hobby Lobby or Michaels.  Obviously, larger paper would mean longer strips but again I am using up some stash materials.

The Cricut cut the long strips faster and more accurately than cutting inserts by hand, and I marked them with a pencil.  The markings won't show in the end and the notes will keep me from having to keep re-measuring.

I then bent the covers and cut the inserts to fit width-wise, cutting as many as needed to fill the spine.  I didn't cut individual rectangles with the Cricut since it would have been very time-consuming to measure the requirements of each book.  If I create batches based on the same height and width in the future, I can certainly cut the individual inserts on the Cricut and simply assemble.

Color variation in the cardstock saves on painting as well, though these are meant to sit on the shelves and the page edges don't matter much.  I will use mostly brown since the edges won't be seen on the shelves but I made a few in cream for books to lay around the house.

They have good page texture.  :]

I'll cut and make a few more variations of height so I can plan the final bookshelves.

15 comments

Comment from: Jenny Schmidt [Visitor]

Brae, where do you get your book covers? Or do you make them? Are there templates available or a website? I’m interested in trying this!

05/06/17 @ 23:39
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

They look great and will be perfect fillers for the bookcases. :)

05/07/17 @ 00:09
Comment from: pepper [Visitor]

The books and pages look very realistic. You’re right, different height books look far better on a shelf than one long row of same-sized books :0)

05/07/17 @ 02:13
Comment from: Mirel [Visitor]

These look great! Thanks for sharing your idea!

05/07/17 @ 03:05
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]

You are amazing.

05/07/17 @ 07:15
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :>>

Many of these are found covers online through google searches, other bloggers and book sellers. I use PhotoShop to create whole covers where there is only the front image or front and spine.
http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php/books-a-few-of-my

05/07/17 @ 07:59
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

I have such shelves envy! ::sigh::

It’s going to be a stunning space. Gustav has excellent taste in hobbies: reading and mini-ing!

05/07/17 @ 13:39
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

Brae, am I remember correctly, that you had a post on how to make accurate covers for books (or was it magazines?) in photoshop? I mean, so that the spine corresponds to the book?

05/07/17 @ 18:30
Comment from: brae [Member]

Yes, it was for magazines – how to make minis from your own stash of magazines.

http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php/mini-magazines

05/07/17 @ 20:05
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]

BEAUTIFUL BOOKS, Brae! ♡

05/08/17 @ 14:12
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

Thank you, that’s the one!

05/08/17 @ 18:33
Comment from: Kristine [Visitor]

You have such a great eye for colour! I think what makes these books extra special is the kind of covers you picked. They are going to look beautiful on the shelves! Thanks for the tip to use the cardstock inside, it really does look realistic :)

05/08/17 @ 20:15
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you!!! :>>

05/09/17 @ 08:49
Comment from: Smjsome [Visitor]

Awesome! I never thought to use my cricut to make books!
Did u use the scoring tool to score the folds of the pages?

05/09/17 @ 18:45
Comment from: brae [Member]

I bend the covers by hand over a straight edge and I am cutting individual sheets to simulate the pages. I couldn’t use the scoring tool mainly because each book is a different width on the cover even if there are batches all the same height.

05/10/17 @ 11:42


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