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Prepping Your Pages

Bonnie Christine

Design, Print, and Build Your Portfolio

Bonnie Christine

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17. Prepping Your Pages


Lesson Info

Prepping Your Pages

The first thing we want to do is prepare our inside pages if um if you have ah two pages that you need to make double sided this is how this is how we do that is also why you have to have your margins on opposite sides so that when you put them together they have the margin on the same side okay, so I am just going to separate these two just like this and there are two different ways they're probably lots of ways but they're two different ways that I make these double sided either with the do attack sheets which are these small sheets you khun layer these on fill up the hole a piece of paper still attack also makes big sheets so these are a little more expensive but they make it really nice have already cut this to size makes that really fast but if this is not an option for you you can also just use double sided tape and my entire portfolios inside pages were done with double sided tape so that's what? I'm in a show really quick we just take tape and line the four edges um the one thi...

ng you do need tio no about bookbinding in general is that it's all about precision precision measuring twice before you cut that kind of thing and so you want these two look you know, really really nice work going for handmade not homemade s o I'm gonna run off the edges here and trim up the excess as I'm done, because I want to make sure that I have a really nice um ah adhesive all the way to the edge. I'm not going over, um, actually it's, just on the lengths I was shopping for paper the other day, and I'm not a hundred percent sure, but I got a really good feeling that I saw online that epson that was making double sided, right? The bright white, but I'm not sure just they have a week ago, they make double sided eight and a half by eleven okay, this they don't make bigger sizes, though, okay? Okay. Gosh, you better get on board. I was just saying I didn't call them to beg, but okay, all right, okay. All right. It would make my life so its current soon. I don't know why it wouldn't, because so because they wouldn't have been teaching this. So this is good. We need it because the quality I'm a I'm a particular fan huge fan of this paper, this steps in premium presentation papers also what I print all my art prints on that I fell it's just really, really nice prince beautifully, I'm also a big believer in keeping like epson epps and epson I have absent primaries epson inc and I have absent paper and it really works you start mixing stuff it seems like colors might get off or papers or whatever so not that it has to be upset but if you have a particular kind of prettier than try sticking with the whole of brand a cz you go and see if you get better results but this is just seamless so if they are I just I debated on where they're going this smaller but I think it would be too small to show my work right but if you're a photographer you have smaller work than eight and a half by eleven you should know that they do make double sided in that size I'm glad you brought that up so one thing you want to make sure is to at least add one or two pieces of tape in the middle so that um it doesn't seem like it's kind of coming apart in the middle and then this part is ah I just double check to make sure my margin is indeed on the right side and this part is the exact part and if you get one corner lined up and quietly and carefully line up the one edge um he should be good okay, so the only thing I have to do now is trim the I'll use my rotary cutter to dis tram off this excess double sided tape and I want to make sure to pick up all these little bits of double sided tape because if you leave one on your cutting board and then you have a nice piece of paper and it gets laid down on it it will rip your ink offer whatever okay, so ah, you really cannot tell that that's two pieces of paper it works really well, it's just a little time consuming. Um so the next thing we need to do is score our pages so they fold and I mentioned before that I have a one point seven five inch margin so that means I need to take my wheeler and line up at the margin which is an inch and three quarters and using my bone folder I'll just score right there along the edge that allows me to fold this easily in the bone folder again comes and use right there to fold that edge ok? And then you can straighten it back out um but you want to do this ahead of time so that when you are flipping through your book your pages fold really nicely so I need to dio for today's ah book that we're making on I am using the double sided pages that I had printed already didn't mention this earlier but you also need to have cover paper for the inside front and back covers of your port folio this khun b decorative paper so of course I used one of my patterns but if you're not a surface pattern designer you can use any kind of paper kraft paper wrapping paper or solid paper but you need paper to cover up your messy edges along thinks so these have no margin and they don't get scored I have scored most of mine already I think I have I think I have four that I need to score today and then I did the rest in the bank so this goes pretty quickly I just use my ruler and um that measurement and we just skowron fold and this paper is a little thinner because it's only one layer and so I don't even need to use the bone folder decrease decrease it a second time so what you want to be careful of is just making sure that you have this all lined up he definitely don't want any cricket folds and you only need to crease it this one way you don't need decrease it the other way because nobody's going to be looking through your book backwards but the first book I made I creased on both ways well I realized that was completely unnecessary you should also know that if you have nail polish on you can streak it off on your pages so we already have people on the job I'm noticing your nail polish they love it it actually makes it easier to see what you're doing. You can see your nail polish stand out against the paper. Good. I think that it's, the same as I had on last year and and we had that question. It's called slate from whole foods, nontoxic because I'm pregnant, I'm pregnant, just in case you're wondering. Um, ok, I need to make sure I didn't get these out of order, but we have all of those ready to go now, so I'm just going to step them aside. I did let me make sure they're in order, because I got him out of order. Ok, those are all in order, but the glorious thing about this is if they're not in order and you finish your book, like I just realized, one of my pages is upside down and another of these books. It's. Ok, because you just can unscrew the posting and fix it.

Class Description

No matter how beautiful your work is, it won’t sell if it’s not presented in a polished, professional way. In Design, Print, and Build Your Own Portfolio, Bonnie Christine will take you through the complete portfolio design process, so you’ll feel confident about showing your work.

Bonnie Christine is a surface pattern designer and mother hen of the Roost Tribe, an inspirational community for creatives. 

In this class she’ll teach you how to:

  • Design your portfolio and develop your pages
  • Print, build, and bind your portfolio
  • Stand out from the crowd and contact companies
Designers, photographers, and artists will all learn about what belongs in a portfolio and what to leave out. Bonnie will help you design a portfolio that reflects your true style and helps you attract the kind of clients you really want to work with.

If you’ve been putting off putting together your portfolio, this class will help you get motivated to assemble a portfolio that showcases your work and demonstrates exactly how talented you really are.



Bonnie, I want to give a super big Thank You! You have helped change my life. I was recently laid off from my full time job. Due to your courses, I have dedicated my time to continue designing. You have helped my heart come out on the pages. Thank you sooooo much! :) thankful & very happy, Dawn Stratchko


I thought this class was engaging and informative. Bonnie Christine has such a natural way of presenting the information and never seems to lose her concentration. I really wanted to learn more about how to put together a professional but handmade portfolio and that is what you get. Thanks for the great class!

a Creativelive Student

Absolutely loved this course! I learned so much and feel confident now on how to present my company in a consistent and professional way.