I'm doubling up today because I missed a few days early in this challenge, in February and March. I don't like the idea of being behind, so... double post. And although this might look like cheating, because the two books are similar, it's really not. Though they are both housed in these charming little matchboxes, the individual book structures are different. So I think it's fair to count them as two.
(Oops! Cat on the keyboard. Had to back up and correct. He doesn't spell very well.)
I knew as soon as I saw these little matchboxes in a shop yesterday that I had to have them and make little mini books to fit them. I've been a huge Frida Kahlo fan since before it was the chic thing to do. When I visited her house in Coyocan, near Mexico City, in 1989, I just wanted to move in and stay there. So the Frida one was a no-brainer. The Pancho Villa box is just fun. He wasn't really a very nice man, but he's certainly an important part of Mexico's history and you see his image everywhere.
The Frida box has a tiny mini-journal with lonstitch binding inside royal blue suede leather. There's a little wrap-around leather thong to close it. For paper, I used some of the pale green vellum scrap from the book I did a few days ago. Two signatures of 10 pages each are stitched in, for a total of 40 leaves (80 pages both sides)--that's a LOT for such a tiny book.
The Villa book also has two signatures of the same vellum paper, but they are tied at the spine, sort of a cross between a pamphlet stitch and a tied binding. They are not attached to the cover, which is basically just a folded card stock portfolio. The wrap-around flap at the right tucks into a slit on the cover.
So two more books down...