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Hi guys, now I'm going to talk about date books. First of all, I need a date book, I can't live my life without a date book. And no one around me can live their lives without their date book. Everyone grabs my date book to fill it in. We've been carrying date books for I can't tell you how many years, and we have them in three formats. You can buy just the date book itself, which we have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 different types. This is the checkbook style. But each one of these five comes as what we call the text block and the two covers cut to size. That's so important, that is the hardest part to do, to cut that to size. It's not just measuring which is a real tricky thing, it's also the act of cutting it because this board is very dense, very sturdy, and very hard to cut. So you can buy it like this. We used to sell it just like this, but then heard too many reports of people cutting their fingers off, not really, but it scared us, so now it's only like this, or you can buy it as a wonderful kit that looks like this with all the stuff in it, not quite all the stuff. You still have to have your own glue and glue brush and all that stuff, but we'll get to that later. And then the other way is the really cheatty way, that is all done for you by our bindery. Let's talk about the five different sizes and their different formats. This is the checkbook style which we're going to be making in a few minutes. And it has one spread for one week. It's a wonderful little size, it can fit in pockets and your back hip pocket and your purse, whatever. Then there's the little diary style which is one day per page. It's for you people who have a lot of things to do, or want to include a lot of information on each day, like you know, who hit who, and what jokes you told and who you're dating and all the other stuff. Then this is a little weekly planner, like the checkbook, one week for one spread, in a nice handy small size. And then they get bigger and bigger, this is one week per spread, much bigger. And then our giant size, which is one week per spread, it's very big, it's more like a desktop appointment style. So we're going to put these guys away and start making some journals. Okay so this is the way the kit looks when you get it. I'm not allowed to open it up because it makes too much crinkly noise so here's the contents. You get directions, they're really well written, you'll really be able to make it all on your own without looking at this, but you know, some people really do like to have instructions. I, of course can't even open the little package. So anyway, it lists all the things you need, its got pictures, its got great words, it's a wonderful little set of instructions. They're like everythinge else. The first one it's not the best, it'll be great for yourself, but you'll get so good, you'll want to give them to everyone as gifts. It's extremely affordable, it's so much fun to and people will get such a kick out of you doing it for them. So I'm going to show you how easy it really really is.

So we can put the directions away because you've got me babe. So here's whats in there, two pieces of tape, one that makes the spine, let me get one out here, now where did I put it... Oh it's too far away, I can't reach it but one makes the outside of the spine and one makes the inside. So you need two pieces. Two peieces of decorative paper. I'm using some really lovely cut paper from Japan. The kits have limited choices, if you buy just the textblock and the boards you can use any paper that you can find, you can make your own with photographs that you use on a copy machine, you can be extraordinarily creative. But I'm going to use this wonderful one. This is my little textblock, and these are the two boards.

So to begin I take my longest piece of linen tape, you see there are two different sizes. You see it's folded? Don't worry it won't look bad. So you peel off the barrier, I'm just going to get it started because that's what takes me so long. Even though I really have to fold it first, but I was hoping to show you that, so there it is. This is one of our newest products, we're so proud of it, it's a linen tape, it's our great bookcloth we get hand dyed for us in Germany in these wonderfully cool colors. We have an adhesive back put on it, and it's a beautiful quality linen and the adhesive is really sticky so it works for bookbinding. So anyways I'm going to just pinch together, that's the easy easy way of finding center without having to do a lot of measuring. Math is one of my hard things to do. So now I fold it in half, I'm just going to peel back this corner, and I'm going to measure 9 1/16ths from each edge. I'm going to put it on ten, so I'm going to put ten in the center, go 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, it's just counting. So you just mark it there, and then you do the same 9 from the other side. Not too hard. Then you turn it around and you do it from the other side. So now I can get rid of the ruler, not one of my favorite tools. And put my boards on, I've got my tape ready, I've creased the center so I can put my 9/16ths on. One board on here, I'm going to basically center it, put it on like that, and then I'm going to put the other board on the other side. There's no right or wrong side to the boards. They're just the same. The trick here is to get this corner and this corner right next to each other, because you don't want your book to close crooked. So that's pretty good. This is tape is so wonderful to work with. And then you just flop this over, I didn't put this in tightly, I left a little ease in it, and then you take your trusty teflon bone folder, or your bone folder, and I'm just going to move this down, crease it in there. And make it nice and tight. You can see if I had pulled it tightly across it wouldn't have gone in so nicely. Well, that's how that is, it's actually a little on the tight side, so I'm going to do this side, hopefully a little looser. I lift it up, and it's always nice to get those two edges in nice and tight. And then I'm just easing these two sides in, just a little bit. I don't know if you can see, it's almost like a little tunnel. Then I go like this, and put that one in there, and this guy over here. And then this is just about perfect for this, and I'm going to do this end again, making these edges good, and now I'm done.

So that's the first step, then you take your next piece which is, this is always the hard part for me, getting the backing off. Voila. And you just sort of line it up. Always give things a dry run with your eye and see that, this is the same thing, you don't want to make it really tight, you want to give yourself a little room in there for, I love this one, it just fits right in there and it looks like you know what you're doing. So there we are, perfect. Isn't that cute? You've got your, your beginning of your thing.

One of the nice things that I want to point out before this sets too long, this book tape, we asked for a formulation that have some forgiving qualities. So that when you put it down, it'll actually come up for a little while, and it sets over time. So if I pick at this, it'll actually come up, pretty cool. it allows us beginners to look pretty good. I've got my book cover done, inside and out. Now I'm going to glue it up, don't forget your messy paper. Here is one cover, and we're going to do one cover at a time. And so just to run through this, this is going to go on top here. The question is where do you put it down. You're going to be handling a wet piece and it's kind of hard to know where to put it, it's easier to pre-mark it. And about a half inch is a pretty good measurement. And one would think one could just measure in from the edge a little bit, but if you measure from the edge of your board out, what you do is guarentee that if your tape went on slightly crooked, the cover will go on straight. One could aruge but who cares it's a book cover and it's so small, but I have Linda standing over there and if I don't do it right, I hear about it, so we're going to do it the right way which is measure. I put my mark here and I'm going to measure a half inch, put a little dot there, I come down here, and there's an edge, and I put another mark here. And while I've got my ruler here I'm going to just do the other side. I just want to point out, I don't know if you can see this, but this side is perfect, this side is crooked. It's going to mean I'm going to have a little problem when I bind it, but don't worry, I'm going to correct the visuals with my marks. So I'm going to put this aside, right here close at hand, turn this over, I'm going to glue this sucker up. And I'm going to use my handy dandy book binders glue which if you remember it's 60% PVA and 40% methyl cell. The methyl cell gives it a longer drying time, makes it a little slippier and easier to use. So here's my brush, it gets a lot of work out. And remember you want to brush away, you're going to get glue on your fingers. Get over it. Now you're ready to put the cover in place. I'm going to just pick this up, I'm going to move this over, just a little bit so that it's easier for you to see, and I'm going to center it onto these marks leaving approxomatieky the same on the top and bottom. So you don't have to measure everything, you just do this by eye ball. I've hit my marks and I've gotten an even amount on the top and bottom. And then it's just a question of smoothing it in place. You can use your bone folder when you figure out where you left it. And now I'm going to turn it over and make sure it's okay, just to be on the safe side, I'm going to do this. Move it up forward, like that. Now I'm going to turn the corners in.

So now comes the fun part which is turning in your edges. It's easier to make your cuts on the board rather than on the paper. And my board is clean and I have this on the backside so what I want to do is figure out how to cut it. It's approximately double the board thickness. Which personally, I think you can just eyeball, but oh well. So you're paper's still wet. Start in the middle, and go this direction, and then just turn it around and go in this direction. My glue is already setting up, but it's okay because you're going to reactivate all the glue. And now I'm going to do this side. Which is again, like this, and turn it around, and do here. That's approximately 2 board's thicknesses. So now I have to reglue it, so back to my handy dandy craft paper. My glue brush, and I'm going to add some additional glue, I'm going to try very hard to make sure that I hit the inside edge. So I do that, and I'm sure that I'm covering up your view, but I'm really only putting glue on the edge. This paper is so wonderful, in the process of printing it, it gets washed. So it takes water extremely well. So there's the glue, and I'm going to lift it up because I don't want to deal with that mess. I'm going to start with the two ends, which Linda refers to as the head and the tail. Two ends work, and you just push it up like this. If you use your bone folder you'll get a much crisper edge. And now I'm just going to turn them in, turn this one in, and now I'm ready to fold the last peiece in. And I'm just going to click that in a little bit, on both sides, I hope you can see that. This just goes up like this, again you're going to want to be really sure that you make this really tight right there. Smooth it down, bone fold it in so that you don't push the glue into a little pocket along the edge. And there you are. One cover done. How hard was that? This is going to be a great gift to give.

So now both covers are done, we're just going to case the text block in. On this one there isn't a front and back, if this were for instance a photograph of my family and my brother and I was going to give it to him, I would want the picture of his head on the back and his head on the back. There might be a front and a back. But in this case there isn't, so I'm just going to put it into place just to get an idea, close it. See if I've done everything right. I'm pretty happy. Everything looks about right. I'm going to push it a little further this way which I'm sure the camera can't show you, but again I'm centering everything. So there is my position. And now I am going to put glue here and the trick is to not let the glue dribble down onto the pages. We're going to be moving this way, but kind of flick up rahter than drag done. I'm going to get this mostly done firstbefore I attack the edges because thats the danger area so I might as well get this done. I'm going to just put a little bit here, it's not so much that there's alittle bit of glue, but you have to be careful to move your hand up like that so you dont get all yoru pages stuck together. I've got a little too much glue there so I'm going to carefully move a little of it away before I do my flicking, there we go. And now comes that part where you use your nails and just go like this. I'm flicking it up and I'm pretty happy. I'm going to put my brush down and I'm going to somehow put this on top of this in the right place. Now it sounds harder than it is because you have working time. And there we go with what I think is about right. My fingers are sticky so I'm going to use a baby wipe right now to take off the excess glue. You can use a paper towel just as easily. And now while the glue is wet, I'm going to make sure it's just right. Centering it from side to side, making sure the front and back covers end up this direction. And I'm very happy. Now I'm going to open it again, do the same thing on this side. Which is just as easy as the first side, I'm not even going to show you, I'm sure you believe me. And now the trick is to weight it, now in the bindery, Linda has all these wonderful supplies, wax paper and these great bricks so that's just wonderful. A dictionary works great, the wax paper is actually a nice touch because it keeps everything from sticking to itself. I don't know if you could use a baggie, but a baggie might work. Or just go buy yourself some wax paper. So the wax paper goes on like this, and then your dictionary goes on like this, and you let it dry overnight. It's a beautful, beautiful gift. You can start small, and you can do all the big sizes. By the way, the textblocks, this is an international gift, the textblocks are from Italy, the paper is from Japan, the linen is from Germany, and it's made by you in the USA.