Slot and Tab Book


Over at the Book Arts list on Yahoo, there's currently a discussion about the slot-and-tab book structure. Carol blogged about the structure here when people asked her about the book in her blog header, and Celia posted her sample with instructions here.

I followed the instructions in Alisa Golden's book, Creating Handmade Books. I've made many of the book structures in the book, but I had never tried this one before. I used scrapbook stock decorated with woodless colored pencils and water-soluble crayons -- 8 sheets in 4 colors, with half decorated and half plain. Even with all these colors and patterns to help me keep it straight, I may not have attached the 2-sheet signatures to one another in a consistent manner. I'll look at it again later when I have more time. I only had an hour for this today.

Some of the heavier tab papers were harder to curl through the slot papers without damaging. I imagine a strong, long-fiber paper like kozu paper would work well with this structure. It's a great non-adhesive binding structure.

3 Replies to “Slot and Tab Book”

  1. I’m going to have to check that book out of the library again.

    Your walk sounded wonderful. It is so good to have you posting again.
    I’m looking forward to this new year.

  2. Your slot book looks great. I’ll have another go sometime using less pages (my design takes 80 pages or 40 folios) and more interesting paper. I love your blog, I’ll keep reading.

  3. Toni, it’s good be posting. I’m trying to do it often in 2008.

    Carol, I’d like to try the slot book again with 40 folios as you did. I think then I’d get the hang of which part of which signature to attach to the next signature.

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