If this all sounds confusing, try putting one of these together. It is one of those things that sound simple, and in fact is simple, but when you are doing it there is a contant state of panic that you have glued something to the wrong side of something...and I only did that once.
I had some wonderfully colorful paper and rather thought I would start on the book without knowing for sure what would go in it. It doesn't make much sense to make one of these blank and I soon saw that the art or attachments really needed to be put on the flags before they were assembled. So, I fell back on my tried and true postage stamps. I pulled the page that had all the canceled stamps to match my colors - yes, I sort my stamps by color, doesn't everyone?
|When barely opened, you can see it looks quite normal. I made a paper band to keep the book closed which simply slides off and on and covers the decoration on the front cover.|
|And here we are fully opened, with flags going in opposite directions. I used only stamps with faces on the sides which would show when opened. The other side of each flag had a stamp with a heraldic device of some sort, mostly lions.|