(…ok, I will answer this before shutting down the computer. ^_~)
My pleasure! And YES, a book press makes life SO MUCH EASIER. And if you have access to a drill, I would definitely make one instead of buying one. You can make one for $30 or less, but buying them costs like… ridiculously a lot more. 😛 Here’s the video I used to make mine. I found cutting boards that already had the bumpers on them, so I didn’t need to do that step.
As for how I decide on fabrics… I’m not sure? I mainly use quilting cottons (100% cotton calico) and just… whatever fabric strikes my fancy? I’ve always enjoyed playing with prints and seeing what fabrics go well together, and it’s not so different from picking fabrics for patchwork, which I’ve experimented with for years, so I just kind of play with that for the quarter cloth covers. If you have a Joann’s near you, they organize all their fabrics by color, so fabrics that go together all live in the same general shelf area. Also, most fabric stores sell little bundles of fabrics that kind of match like this and that can make it easier to find fabrics that go well together. You can also combine fabric on the spine with fine paper on the cover. The paper is a lot easier to work with than fabric, since you don’t need to make bookcloth out of it and it’s easier to handle, but that’s a personal preference thing. ^_^
Does that help?
Ah, yes thank you! I took a look at the additional videos Crystal Shaulis has done, I really like how it’s done with the different spine color but I have a feeling I’m going to have to watch it several times to get it all figured out.
Went ahead and bought my cutting boards and bumpers to make my book press today. Luckily I already have access to a drill! I think mine is going to be a bit under $30 dollars as well. Just need carriage bolts, wing nuts, and washers. My boards are 12×15 though and I’m wondering if I can get away with just two carriage bolts or if I should go with with four. Eh, I figure it out I suppose.
You’re welcome! ^_^ And oh GOSH, I love her videos. I wish she had more about case binding, but I picked up so many good tricks from her. As for the quarter cloth binding (different color on the spine), I practiced with a solid piece cover for a while before moving up to that, but I love the effect so much I never went back. ^_^ And actually, on one of Crystal Shaulis’ videos, I left a comment asking for measuring advice, because that was something I was still struggling with, and she had some really good pointers. So, that may help you, too.
As for the book press, if I were you, I’d do 4 carriage screws on that size board. The boards I got were a little bigger than 9 x 12, too, and since the books I make are significantly smaller than that (and I only did two carriage screws; you live you learn, right? :P), I end up having to put another book in on the other side of my book press to help balance out the one I’m actually pressing when I’m putting the book in there to glue the spine. It’s not THAT big a deal, but I think having four screws might have helped me there. 😛
But, yeah, it’s so much cheaper to make your own, it’s ridiculous. They go for $150-$300+ on Amazon. O_o;;; Seriously. Yikes. -.-;;; Anyway, good luck making yours!