Sometimes the stars align and something perfect results with hardly any planning. In particular, sometimes one develops a need to create a hollowed out book. You know. For sneaky reasons. Nothing beyond the need for a book is in your mind, but then when you turn up at a local Chapters to browse the fine literature, all the puzzle pieces fall into place when you find this:
Really??? "How to decipher mystical motifs - and know where to find them"??? What bliss! It's like someone wrote the cover of this book just begging for it to be made into... ahem. I think I skipped around the store with this book in my hands, I was so happy. It's... just... so... perfect.
I bought it, brought it home, browsed through the poor little guy... but as you can see, this book was doomed to be disemboweled.
Note: I am normally very pro-book. I am against book abuse. I sign the petitions. I go to the rallies. Despite my tablet, I still buy books. But this one had to be sacrificed to the letterboxing gods. It's for the greater good. I swear. Man, do I feel guilty.
Anyways, I looked up some instructions online for the hows of creating a hollowed out book. I'm not going to list all the steps here, but I'll link to the instructions I used: I first found a webpage called, "How to Hollow out a Book in 80 Easy Steps". Wow, 80 steps? But then I found, "How to Make a Hollow Book: 13 steps (with pictures)". 13 sounds easier than 80. But they were both great. So I followed them both. I'm a hussy like that.
Anyways, here is the photographic journey in making my first hollowed out book. I'm proud to say that neither I nor my feline assistant were injured in the making of this project. Happy trails!
|Okay, so generally speaking, I first cut out the prettiest page. This will be the back of the hollow with this is done.|
|A couple pages over that will be kept and not hollowed.|
|On the other side of those pages, tape in some plastic to protect them from glue. I used those crappy ziplocks someone left instead of my freezer bags... *shakes fist*|
|Glue and water, 70% and 30% respectively.|
|I glued the edges together and then put it under this kettle bell for about 30 minutes. Can you believe people use those for exercise?|
|Okay, so after it was dry, I carefully measured out some margins and made my first cut. Slowly|
|But as time went on, I just got tired of all the cutting and tried to speed it up. Some crappy edges are the result.|
|Done! Now just to glue that pretty page into the back.|
|Glued the interior edges then put it all together to dry.|
|Done! I can't wait to get up to some mischief with this...|