Let's be very honest here. Before today, I've never voluntarily signed up for notabilia's bookmaking classes because I can't do those stuff. Give me a screwdriver and a spanner and I know exactly what's to be done. When a class opened up with no stated pre-requisites, Yuling was interested and pulled me along.
I went with no other intention than to learn what bookmaking is about. One could well, flip books, google, and then try it on your own. That could work especially if you lean more towards being a visual learner. But for kinesthetic learners, nothing beats having an instructor around and looking at other people's creations. There's also the social element. I teased notabilia that besides adding more humans to the growing art and craft community in this city, her classes are also the hottest social activities in town that don't revolve around aimless shopping and sitting down to fluffy tea sessions.
I spent ALOT of time befriending beer cans and wine glasses. It was a lovely cool afternoon with the rains pelting down throughout the session. There would be no headaches induced by a mixture of alcohol and heat. If anything, it put me in a mood to attempt to handle paper, scissors and needles without too many mishaps. I knew that the multi-layered accordion fold is meant to present a three-dimensional effect which is a good storytelling tool. But I've no patience to cut that out in one afternoon. Understanding the basics and to be familiar with the know-how sufficed.
I'm not showing you mine. It's stitched up, but it's not cute or presentable. I didn't bother with anything pretty or fancy. I simply cut out circular shapes to fulfill basic requirements so that notabilia wouldn't frown at me. Remember our home economics classes in secondary school? I resented being made to do sewing and cooking and being disallowed to join the boys in the workshop for cutting, welding and hammering. I had to pay classmates to bake my stuff or sew the ugly house dresses assigned. A load of crap. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is, in the same manner, I made Yuling help me sew and all! If there's any reason I need to make a book, I'll buy someone else's handiwork. :D
You've gotta see @cclaudd's cool stripes, @paper_tigress' little house on the prairie and M.'s cute (again) cupcake! Spot 'em in the photo below. These ladies have quite the eye for depth and how they want the final product to look like. They end up with gorgeous creations, and seems like they're almost ready for retail after a few more rounds!