Book binding is a very old Art form that is greatly lost today in the era of 'perfect binding' and other machine methods of creating books, now being replaced again by digital books.
I have been binding books and journals for several years and sell custom journals locally.
This design is a small journal, (4.5x5.5") with a flexible, ribbon spine.
*Heavy Chipboard (front and back covers)
* Ribbon for Spine (wide types work best)
* Paper (copier/parchment, whatever you like)
* Glue (I use Tacky glue because it is easy to use and not toxic)
* Mod Podge for cover
* Krylon Triple thick clear glaze to seal cover
* Pan scraper (orange) or Sign Squeegee (blue) (both are in photograph)
* Paper punch Awl ( I also use a jewelry awl)
* ruler, needles and thread, 2 sheets cardstock, Xacto knife, Binder Clips
* Printer to design custom page layouts
* Paper Cutter/ Guillotine/ stack cutter to cut final pages cleanly.
Plan to do the covers first. Cover them with the paper, add any embellishing or coloring before covering with 2-3 layers of Mod Podge, allowing to dry then spraying with at least 1 coat of the Krylon Triple Thick Clear Glaze, although 2 may be required to give a uniform shiny luster. ALLOW TO DRY 24 HRS Minimum before applying to book.
Handbound Journal or Book Binding
Published March 9th, 2014 11:36 PM