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Bookbinding Bind

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 5:39 PM

I had an idea for a book I wanted to put together as gifts and thought it would be nice to make my own. I’ve found a remarkable amount of information and various ways online regarding how to do this. I made my first hardcover journal last night (pictures below). I’m not satisfied with the results (yes, I’m a bit of a perfectionist), but they’re not bad for the first time. I’m planning on using a few different methods to figure out which is best for me. Of course, the purpose of the book or its intende drecipient may determine the best method. For instance, for a recipe book, spiral might be best so it can lie flat, but a writing journal may be better with binding. There are many tools out there to make things easier, but since I have no money, I may have to use less-sophisticated methods to do some things. I’m not sure how to have lined pages unless I just print them, but that seems pretty tedious; it’s certainly doable, though. Like any new project, I’m excited and wanting to do everything at once. Also like a new project, the enthusiasm will last for so long, then I’ll move on to something else till I cycle back. (A cycle is usually 4-6 months at a time.) I'm excited to see where this leads.



Categories: books, arts,crafts

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Reply monica
9:21 PM on February 2, 2011 
thanks for the idea! i've printed out some sheets with lines, but i'm concerned about the ink smearing if it gets wet.
Reply Jenni
6:20 PM on February 1, 2011 
Cool! When we were in elementary school we used to bind books, write and illustrate them for the Young Authors Conference. Great memories!
Reply usagi
6:18 PM on February 1, 2011 
If you want lined pages, try casing in a pre-made text block. You can do printing out the sheets and folding in, but it's a lot of tedious work and introduces a great deal of potential error. If your paper isn't too thick, another alternative is to provide a line guide sheet (a single page the size of the journal with the line grid printed on it). The guide is slipped in behind the page as a guide while writing.
Have fun. I'm about two years in to this and thoroughly enjoying it.

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