Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tutorial: Threading Elastic Cording Through the Spine of the Eileen Hull Passport Die

I've had many requests for a tutorial on how to thread the 2mm elastic cording through the spine of the Eileen Hull Passport Die.

So, here's my simple tutorial for threading the elastic cording.

But first, you'll need some 2mm elastic cording. This cording comes in a wide range of colors, but I typically use either black, white, or beige -- depending on the colors in the journal cover.
The spool of 2mm elastic cording has 70 meters/76 yards of cording. That's enough to make more than 100 passport journals using my method of threading the elastic. If you're going to also use the cording for a closure (I'll do a separate tutorial for that), it's enough for about 75 passport journals. That's about 13 cents per journal!

You can easily find the cording on Amazon. Click HERE.

If you are new to the Eileen Hull Passport Die, you can find it HERE.

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To fit the signatures into the journal, your goal is to have inside lengths of elastic cording that will fit the height of the pages. However, I wanted to show the least amount of cording on the outside of the spine -- at just the top and bottom of the spine where it wraps around.

You can see the three lengths of cording giving you the full length of the spine for inserting the signatures. The parts of the cording that stretch across the holes in the spine and are tied together will be covered up after you insert the signatures.

On the outside of the spine, all you see of the cording is where it wraps over the edges.

Step 1:

Cut the 2mm elastic to about 25 inches in length, which is five times the height of the journal. This gives you plenty of elastic to make it easy to tie the ends together when done.

Step 2:

Start with the center top hole. Thread the elastic from inside and leave a 2- to 3-inch tail on the inside.

Step 3:

Wrap the long piece of the cording over the top edge (in the spine's top groove) and back to the inside. Carry it all the way down to the bottom edge. (This will be for the center insert.)

Wrap it around the bottom edge of the spine and thread through the center bottom hole from the outside to the inside.

Step 4:

Carry the cording across the the left bottom hole and thread from the inside to the outside as shown above. Wrap the cording around the bottom of the spine, carry the thread to the top of the spine, around the top, and into the top hole.

NOTE: As you are working, try to keep the elastic cording taught so that there isn't too much slack. This will ensure that your signatures are nice and tight in the journal.

Step 5:

When looking at it from the front of the spine, it will be the top right hole. Thread through the hole from the outside back to the inside of the cover.

Step 6:

Carry the elastic across the top to the top right hole and thread from the inside to the outside of the spine. IMPORTANT: Make sure the cording goes under the previous lengths of cording.

Step 7:

Wrap the elastic around from the outside of the spine to the inside, and then down to the bottom of the spine. Wrap to the front along the bottom right groove in the spine.

Step 8:

Thread the elastic from the outside to the inside through the remaining hole.

Step 9:

At this point, you have the opportunity to tighten up any slack in the cording. When you are happy with how taut the cording is, tie a square knot with the two open ends. I then trim the ends of the cording to about a half inch.

That's it. After doing this a couple times, it becomes second nature to thread the cording.

I hope that having the photos helps as you try out this technique.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

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Paula said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have always loved the way your binding system looked. Great instructions.

Anneke said...

Thank you for taking the time to make a tutorial! Your book looks beautiful!

ann barnes said...

This is super! Now I have bookmarked the post, I love the look of this from the outside and it works great for full height signatures. Thanks!

Lisa H said...

Great tutorial and beautiful journal covers! This tutorial will be really helpful for people. =)

Kathy said...

Fabulous tutorial Linda! Thanks for being so great about sharing with us newbies!


thanks again Nancy ..very sharing and caring of you to help us out x x x Liz

Busy Crow Studio said...

Thanks again for this great tutorial; I've had hits-and-misses with my Passport Die (not the die, the putting it together part). I've used Fabri-Tac and other glues, and sometimes they stick, sometimes they haven't, so frustrating! But I'm going to try all the products you recommend (Scor tape, Adhesive Sheets, etc.), and I will be using your links to buy them from Amazon so that I can at least thank you in that way for this wonderful, detailed, step by step method.

Cate said...

HI, Thanks for your tutorial. It is very helpful. I was wondering how you tie the elastic journal closure? I don't see it on the inside of your samples above. I worry that the knot would get in way of the signatures. Is there a way you could possible show a picture of what it looks like? Thanks ever so much.

LiahonaGirl said...

Cate: I just tie with a square knot and trim the ends to about .5 inch. My signatures are thick enough that once they are inserted, they cover up the knot and it doesn't get in the way.
I hope this helps (and that you see this response since there was no email address associated with your comment.


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