Moving right along, making 100 books this year with Artists Of The Round Table, the third book on the list is the X-Book with pockets.
This book is constructed like the first X-Book which you can see by clicking HERE, with the addition of a simple cover and pocketed pages. Notice the arrows which I've drawn on the pic at the top. The cover is glued to the book only at the point of the 3/8" wrap around on the first and last pages of the book. The arrows point to the open area where the cover is not attached to the book. This is significant, because with a single sheet of paper folded into eight sections with pockets, and six of these exposed as book pages, the other two are hidden behind the cover. So you end up with a book of six visible pockets, and two hidden ones.
Stretch out the cover from the back of the book, and a hidden area with secret pockets is revealed. I slipped in a couple of plain tags to highlight the pockets. The arrow points to the secret hiding place.
Once again, if you're interested in any of the books I'm making, or if you're interested in bookbinding in general, pick up a copy ofMaking Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms by Alisa Golden. It's a great book, and the one we're using for this ambitious project.
If the first handful of books in my posts strike you as a bit on the simple side, let me assure you that each contains valuable elements crucial to some of the most sophisticated bindings. Simple perhaps, but not simplistic. The steps we are taking and the order in which they are taken provide an increasing bank of information, with each of the steps building upon the next for a comprehensive enclyclopedia of knowledge in making books and binding them. Each book, even those that seem the most simple, contain cuts, folds, and steps in construction that form the basis of many of the more complicated structures. So stick around! I'll be getting to some of those shortly!