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Page Borders and Backgrounds

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Book page design ideas are endless. For my homemade books, I use a variety of typed, or easy flowing border designs in black and white, or in color, and some full page creations that easily can be typed, or written upon.

If, like me, you enjoy the old fashioned artwork done by hand and created with basic ideas, here are some ways you can rev up your pages for that homemade book.

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(ABOVE): This is just a little handiwork border with a stenciled “page” number space in the lower right corner. The actual number could be added via stencil, also. Perhaps something smaller could be stenciled into the round of the curve to the left of the word “page”, or a hand-written numeral might be inserted.

(BELOW): Here’s an excerpt page with a created border for the left hand side of the pages from my “Dear Diary” adventure drama novel entitled “Out of Vermont”.

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(BELOW) is a straight, mixed color border, easy to duplicate to use for many pages. I used this in portions of my novelette “Triple Crown Run by Smarty E. Jones”.

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(BELOW): For my first edition of “Interlock”, a novelette thriller, I used a simple letter page border. The (excerpt) page shows BAT, for BAT Publishing, stretch-spelled from top to bottom of the page and from side to side. The name of the novelette, the page number, and BAT Publishing’s (then) address are shown at the bottom of each page.

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(BELOW): Using dashes, or pluses, or stars provided on your keyboard, you can fill

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an entire page with same, then make copies of it to use as background pages for your typed, or written story. Scanning the finished background page onto your computer, then printing it to make copies will lighten the background nicely.

(BELOW): See how typing across the processed background page is easy to do.

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Another page background that can be developed is shown (BELOW):

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This was created by making a copy of a pink sheet of paper that I enclosed in a soft, slightly wrinkled plastic magazine sheet protector. I then made copies from the copy. It, too, can be quite easily typed across and then copied again with the words intact to make multiple pages for multiple copies of your book.

I can create a different color, of course, by simply putting a different color of paper into the sheet protector.

As many of you probably use modern computerized techniques to edit and create images and whatnot, the versions I describe here may seem tedious.

But creative, stay-at-home personality types may find them interesting for low tech projects.

I refer to my techniques as simply “homemade”, and I enjoy making the creations, because I also put a lot of love and enjoyable work into “making” my stories!

(BELOW): This would be my idea of a high-tech homemade border, using the preciseness of a stenciled spirograph! Just create and fill in the color schemes.

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You could use this stenciled spirograph border on the right, or the left of the full page, and, although it is a larger design, still have plenty of room to type, or write your page’s lines.

Your story idea, your story designs, your homemade book. There are no limits. Just have fun!

(For more book design artwork by the author see also the novelette “Factory Tails”: http://www.factorytails.wordpress.com )

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Credit:
Artwork from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

 

A Word About Writer’s Block

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Most of us on WordPress live a potential writer’s life. That is, some of us write all the time for a living, and others of us write when we have time because we love to write. We find places to write.

And some of us suffer bouts with writer’s block.

I never have had writer’s block. Nothing ever has stopped my blabber-pen!

However, I believe I do things with my writing that may unconsciously prevent writer’s block, that effectively allow me to avoid the pitfall of mental blockage.

Photography and artwork are part of that unconscious effort. I like to take pictures; the one displayed here was taken in the 1980s. (Non-digital, it uploads with no difficulty onto the modern writing sites by the way.)

When people talk to me and ask, “Where do you get your writing ideas?”, I’m sure my expression is one of incredible disbelief! That’s because I’m thinking, “What? Are you kidding? Look around! The answer is ‘life’ in all its ups and downs!”

What do you see in the above picture? Or is it just obvious to me that a storyline jumps forward here because I’m a farmer’s daughter? Old pictures, and pictures just taken, as well, and artwork are powerful forces to use to avoid, or to overcome, writer’s block. Look at pictures. Do some artwork, which, after all, doesn’t have to be Picasso-esque!

Those things help unblock the stopped words.

Never pass up the opportunity to write down your thoughts as they come to you! Keep a writing journal. Everything that can be called an idea is worth it’s weight in gold to a writer. And the more a writer observes and records, the less credence writer’s block will have to exist in his world.

See also: http://www.storypromptsdeluxe.wordpress.com

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*** Credit:
Top Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg
Photographed Book Cover of “The Creative Writer”, Edited by Aron Mathieu, 1961, published by Writer’s Digest, Cincinnati, Ohio