When I write a how-to book I test and re-test the instructions to streamline the wording and make sure everything is clear and works. Occasionally, I get an email asking me to clarify something, which I always answer. Occasionally, a mistake was made in the publication, and I like to be alerted to it. In some instances, a photograph of the structure is a variation of the instructions. Both structures will hold together equally well; both are equally correct.
I'd like to use this post as a place to answer those instructional questions. Please feel free to ask your question as a comment, and I will answer it in the same way. That way we can all increase our knowledge. And, it is to be hoped, increase our happiness!
Here is a recent question I got in email to start us out.
Q: In the "X Book with Pockets" (MHB 33, 34) it looks like there is an extra tab in the photograph. Why is that? How do I make it?
A: To add this extra decorative tab:
- Cut a strip of lightweight paper approximately 1/2" - 3/4" inch wide (1.25 cm - 2 cm) by the height of the book, in this case 2 3/4" (7 cm). Before you cut the strip, make sure it will be grained long, or so that the easier fold is along the longest side.
- Fold in half, lengthwise.
- Apply glue to the back of the strip. Sandwich the edge of page 3 (should be the one with the tabbed edge that was glued together) inside the strip. Press down.