My journal has started running out of pages and I’m not ready to start a new one just yet. So I decided add some extra pages to my existing one. That way I could keep my doodles, inspirations and other odds and sods close by if I needed to look back at my notes. And No I’m not sentimental at all… 😛
With this bright idea there was just one small challenge all my craft tools have been packed and en-route down under. After a bit of rummaging I managed to find a few thing that would do the job.
Here’s my quick bookbinding tutorial with no fancy tools:
Step 1: I gathered all my tools
Step 2: Preparing the pages
- I cut and folded the paper to the appropriate size.
- Then stacked the pages on top of each other, lining up the folded sides, which made up the spine.
Step 3: Making a spine
- I measured 1cm from the folded edge, and 0.5cm increments along the length of the spine.
- Bulldog clipped all the pages together to keep them in place
- Then positioned the nail at each 0.5cm mark and hammered down until it went through all the pages.
Side note probably not too wise to do this at 23:00 on a school night, neighbours might not be too impressed!
- Once all the holes were made I was ready to get sewing! I threaded the needle and tied the ends together to make it stronger. I used about 1m of thread for my A5 booklet, figured it was better to have more thread than to run out and be sad!
I used a Japanese bookbinding technique (here’s a great tutorial). The tutorial is only for 4 holes, so I just repeated the threading until I got to the last stitch on the other side. This technique reminded me of the blanket stitch often used in hand sewing.
Step 4: Adding the additional pages to my existing journal
- Last but not least I glued the booklet to my existing notebook. Any craft glue should do the trick but I used Uhu All Purpose glue. And I’m Happy Az! 😀
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