Leigh Righton, Photography

Building a Giant Book

When I pulled the box off of the new mattress we bought a few weeks ago, I noticed that the cardboard was shaped like a giant book. An idea popped into my head for an image and so I decided to build a prop from the box that was used to deliver my new comfortable sleepy spot.

I’ll be shooting the concept next weekend and will share the image once it’s all complete. In the meantime, I thought I’d show you how the book was made.

I wanted it to look vintaged, so I set off on the great big internet to source inspiration. Click here to see one of my references.

The text will be added in post along with some finishing touches, but here’s the finished book:

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I bought fake brown leather for the material covering the edges as the cover and lining. It had a bit of a shine so it was sanded down with steel wool and then black washed.


I cut off a piece from an extra 6′ seamless paper backdrop to make the main two page spread. Using a tea/water solution, I wiped down the page many many times with a cloth to vintage the giant sheet of paper. Measuring out the span of the two pages, the additional length was cut off and into thin slices to make up the pages on either side of the main spread. They were run thru more tea water to add more curling to the page edges. Using a gold stamp pad, I gold leafed the edges of the paper (not noticeable, but I know it’s there) The additional filler pages were taped together at the back and then behind the main pages on either side.


In the center of the pages I added hemp rope as the gutter, which helps to separate the pages. I wanted the top page to curl in a little, I’ll have to fill that space in with a blank page in post. Other then that, I just needed to pose real cool beside it to show you the scale.

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