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02 May 2011 @ 12:57 am
River Song's Diary, plus some help needed.  
I've kind of wanted to make one for a while but I've been lazy, and then the show came back last week and we had another long weekend and queen procrastinator be damned, I finally started to cobble together River's diary.
I'm now at the stage were with the paint job pretty much done (it might need to more battered up looking but I'm waiting until daylight to assess how it looks) I need to look into page dying and binding. It's on the binding matter that I could do with some advice; would anyone be able to recommend a technique?
I want to use a lot of pages so that the diary seems more true to the original and have them as uneven as on the show, which would seem to rule out perfect binding as a technique. Any suggestions or advice would be most appreciated. Thanks.

I've also included some pictures of the diary as it is now; painted and nothing else in it.

The main body of the cover is from a book which I stuck the TARDIS pattern on to using cardboard and then covered in kitchen paper using the old school fav of the PVA/water mix.
I then painted it all in acrylics and plan to cut the spine a bit later on to make it look more battered up.

You can see the prototype in the background. You name it, it went wrong with that one (too many ridges thanks to the BBC template which as very useful as it is, is also a curse, so those had to be cut off).

sarchixsarchix on May 2nd, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
I think it loos beautiful! I'd love to have one if you ever decide to sell them. I'd love a River Song Diary!!!! (I just lack the talent to make one)
planet_unicorn: We shall call it... This Landplanet_unicorn on May 2nd, 2011 12:43 am (UTC)
I love it! I don't have any tips, though. Otherwise, fantastic. I'm very jealous.
A studier of character: Ten is Lovewahlee_98 on May 2nd, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
I'd suggest hand binding--sewing the pages together in signatures. It isn't really all that difficult. I managed to do it after just one tutorial, and the results look great. This looks like a great resource.
my art is your smutshahar_amar on May 2nd, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)

The first time you do this will be far from perfect anyway, like with all new techniques. ;o) But you can also do some things deliberately, like not cuttimg the pages exactly the same size, wrinkling the paper before sewing it in or folding the paper sharply and then cutting with a knife along that edge (still folded) to get a slightly uneven/frayed look.

OP, I love the diary and your picutres make me really want to try my hand at it as well. I'd never have thought of using paper towels, but the effect together with the paint is great. Very nifty. :o)
I look like a wedding cake: [who] tardis pilotpageup on May 2nd, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'll look into that technique. Good think I have the tester diary so I can try everything out on it first before having a go on the better looking one.
my art is your smutshahar_amar on May 2nd, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
I remembered a video tutorial on bookbinding that I found helpful, especially since the crafter used lots of stuff you probably have at home instead of special bokkbinders glue and things.
It's comprehensive and under 5 minutes, but she followed another crafters longer instructions in about four videos, starting here:
I look like a wedding cake: [who] fighter and loverpageup on May 3rd, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, thank you so much! Most useful!
peetypeety on May 3rd, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
I've made two of the diaries. I'm no bookmaking wizard, but there were two things I did that came out well. One was to hand tear the pages rather than cut them evenly. If I was to do another one, I'd tea-dye the pages to make them look older. The other thing was to put the pages together in a bunch of signatures. For once, my lack of precision was helpful. :)
I look like a wedding cake: [who] Archaeologist bang bangpageup on May 5th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah I plan to dye the pages before hand, which is probably gonna take some time in itself - I'm wondering if the neighbours would think me odd if they looked out and saw pages on the wash line lol.
Ariellunar47 on May 5th, 2011 06:09 am (UTC)
Bookbinding is definitely not as difficult as it might seem. It's one of those things that make sense while you're actually doing it but not while reading directions.

The guides I've used are as follows. If you have any questions just ask.



I totally want to make a River Song Diary myself.

I look like a wedding cake: [who] fighter and loverpageup on May 5th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
Both those websites look incredibly useful - Thank you so much for pointing me in their direction. I'm buying the awl, needle and thread tomorrow so hopefully I'll be able to have a test go at binding before I do it properly on the dyed pages.
Emelinewell_thats_ood on August 6th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
I don't have any words of advice for you at the moment, but I'm working on a River Song project of my own currently and I just wanted to tell you that your journal so far looks beautiful! I'm so envious of how great it's looking!