Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Corrections

I promised to post corrections to  Real Life Journals, so here comes the first one.  It concerns an omission rather than an error.  On pages 92 - 94 you'll find directions for making a concertina, something that you'll need to make when building the following bookforms:  a longstitch with concertina, a Coptic with concertina, a sewn-on-tapes with concertina, and both of the Australian reversed piano hinge forms.  If you're making the longstitch, Coptic, or sewn-on-tapes with concertina, these directions are fine.  But if you're making either of the Australian reversed piano hings books, you'll need to make a slight addition to the instructions.

The corrections are to step 3 and figures 1 and 3, all of which pertain to measurement and to the number of folds that you need to make. Here is the problem:  when you use a concertina with longstitch, Coptic, or sewn-on-tapes books, you nest the signatures (little booklets of pages) into the valley folds of the concertina, as shown in figure 3.  But when you use a concertina in constructing either of the Australian reversed piano hinge books, you slide the mountain folds of the concertina into slits in the center folds of the signatures, which calls for a slightly different number of folds. (See figure 4 below)

The change you must make to step 3 is to add the following to the end of the step:  "For Australian reversed piano hinge books, use this formula:  Make two scores for each folio."

There is also a small measurement correction to make underneath figure 1.  You should write, under figure 1, "For Australian reversed piano hinge, measure 2 inches for each signature.  Ex. for 5 signatures, measure 2 x 5 = 10 inches."

Please post any questions under comments to this page.


  1. Hi

    I received your book as a gift a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed your tips on journalling and the example pictures scattered throughout the book. However when i went to begin making a journal i realised that the bookbinding essentials booklet was missing from my book. Do you know if there is anywhere that i would be able to buy a replacement?

    Thanks very much


  2. Bec- I'm so sorry this happened. My editor said that if you send me your street address Lark will send you the missing bookbinding essentials booklet. You can send it to me at

  3. I recently purchased your book. I want to make a Sew on Tapes book with a Flexible Laced-In Cover, but am unsure whether I need to Back the Spine for this covering method.

    Thanks for your help!