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This kind of wrapper is made very much like the case wrapper that is covered in a hard binding. It uses the same 20-point library board and archival double-sided tape. Basically, it is constructed from two strips of library board: one vertical, one horizontal.Again, the first step is determining the grain of the library board. You want to make sure that the grain will run parallel with the folds. This is usually made for something up to an inch in width. It is the simplest of the three enclosures.

Now, unfortunately, I made my enclosure backwards. You want to be able to open the wrapper horizontally. So the first piece, which is the inner wrapper, should be cut about three times the height by the width plus three board thicknesses.

Self-closing wrapperNext, you place the book about 3/4 in from the end and mark your first crease. Stand the book on end to measure the depth and create the next crease. Place the end of the book at that crease to measure the height and mark the next crease. Use a jig made from measuring the first width to create the final crease.

The outside wrapper should be cut about 3 times the width of the book by the height of the book. Both of these measurements should consider the book and the inner wrapper together. Then you create the folds the way we did above. The final product will look something like this:

sc2.jpgAs you can see, I made this for a graphic novel, Fray. Fray is a vampire slayer in the future, who doesn’t know what she is. This was originally published as a comic series, which I have, of course, and was written by Joss Whedon. Yes, the same Joss Whedon who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Thus, I couldn’t resist this. Excellent!

The next step is to secure the two wrappers to each other using that double-sided tape. After that, it’s time to create the tab and slot to complete the enclosure.

Tab jigTo create the tab, you want to make a jig first. This jig is made from left over board that is the same width as your closing side. You begin by making a line 1 1/4 inch up from the bottom. Then mark a second line 3/4 inch above that. Next, find the middle of the board and draw a dotted line. Mark a line 1 or 1 1/2 inches on each side of that dotted line up to the first line. Then draw a line from that corner to the outside point where the second line ends. Cut away those pieces. The final jig will look something like this.

Cutting the lineNow, just lay the jig on the cover and mark where the tab will go. Open the wrapper, remove the book, and cut the tab. To create the slot, put a dot at the inside corners of the tab and draw a straight line. Then open the wrapper, remove the book, and cut the line.
The wrapper is now complete. Yeah! 🙂
Completed self-closing wrapper

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