Piano Hinge Book

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I have been planning on adding the piano hinge book to this mini scrapbooks website for awhile. Late last week I got a request for it and I thought I better get busy here as people do want to know how to make this one. What I really like about it is that it takes hardly any materials to make and the binding on it is absolutely beautiful!

3 sheets of 12 x 12 lightweight scrapbook paper cut in half to 6 x 12
7 bamboo skewers (you can get these at the grocery store)

Instructions to Create Piano Hinge Book:

Cut 12 x 12 scrapbook paper in half to measure 6 x 12. Fold each piece in half to measure 6 x 6.

Take one piece of the folded scrapbook paper and score it 1/4" on each side of the center fold line, so you will have a total of 3 score lines.

Along the folded edge of each piece of scrapbook paper mark every 1/2". Cut these with little snips up to the score line. Erase these lines after cutting.

You now have 12 tabs down the spine of the page. Starting with the top tab, fold every other tab forward. Repeat for all six sheets.

I started from the back, but you can start from either direction. Take 2 of your pages and one bamboo skewer. Run the skewer through the first notch in the first page and through the second notch in the second page. Then through the third notch in the first page and the fourth notch in the second page, and so on until you are all the way down the spine. So you are going in every other notch on each piece of paper.

Connect the next pages together by starting a new skewer going through the first notch on the second page and the second notch on the third page.

Hint: If you have trouble going through the notches open it up a little with another skewer.

Continue in this manner until you have all six pages connected. You will have empty tabs on both the front and back of the book. Run skewers through these also. Here is a view of the completed spine.

Some people saw off the pointed ends and some leave them as they are.

That's all there is to it! Now you can decorate your piano hinge book and put photos in it, et cetera.

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