I’m excited to share a beautiful wedding album created by Canadian book artist Sharon Meeker for a friend’s son and daughter-in-law. The book is bound using a traditional Japanese stab binding called an Account Book and Sharon’s jumping off point was this tutorial: Account Book Binding Tutorial.
To reflect the country chic vibe of the outside wedding, Sharon chose burlap for the cover. She made her own book cloth by fusing burlap to paper using Heat n Seal Ultrabond iron-on adhesive, which she glued to the two-piece hinged book board cover. Decorative metal corner protectors are an attractive and practical finishing touch.
Sharon made a mat board frame featuring the happy couple, Justin and Alex, that she wrapped with cord and onto which she glued 100 white beads – what a labor of love! Fabric glue was used to adhere the frame to the burlap cover.
For the single sheet pages Sharon chose a beautiful 100% cotton 90lb Stonehenge printmaking paper. She tore the large sheets measuring 22”x30” down to 7.5″x11” to create 30 pages and added a narrow strip of paper between each signature so that the book won’t bulge when photos are added. The end sheets are handmade rose paper from Paper Club.
Sharon used a hand drill to create the sewing holes for the stab binding and added eyelets/grommets to the holes. To coordinate with the wedding’s burgundy and white color scheme, Sharon chose a pretty burgundy ribbon to sew the book together. As a finishing touch, she added some rustic beads to the ribbon ends.
About the project Sharon said, “It was a challenging and fun project – I’d never done anything like this before.” I think the book turned out beautifully and I’m sure the bride and groom are thrilled to have such a personal and heart-felt book to fill with their wedding memories.