I used a metal "butcher's
pan" that is a white enamel tray that butchers used to keep meat
in, it is about an inch deep and 24"X12", but any shallow pan
First I took a pad of gold ink
and ran it over the edges of the book to make it look like the pages
Then I poured in a mixture of
half water and half Modge-Podge and I added some baking soda to
neutralized some of the acidity in the paper.
I opened the book in the middle and put it face down in the glue
mixture and let it soak for a while.
Then I sort of dipped all the edges in the mixture to coat them
I placed it face up to dry, but
first I curled and arranged the pages and they seemed to stay the way I
put them when they dried. I
used a dull pointed letter opener rifle the edges of the pages. It
Then after it was dry and
seemed to be the way I wanted it, I took some straight Modge-Podge and
coated the whole thing.
I printed a poem and some
other phrases I wanted to use on some Lokta paper, which has a really
nice aged look to it. Used
more M-P to glue this insert into the middle.
I then decorated the cover and let the whole mess dry.