Do It Yourself Book Binding

An easy little origami paper technique began a new interest for me in bookbinding. I found a blog site post with a link to a PDF file that, when printed out and folded, produced a very useful little 8-page expenditure tracking pamphlet that would save your pocket.

I have found a variety of other sites just recently that deal different design templates for personalized note pad and day scheduler pages that can be printed out on your desktop. Now I wish to bind an appropriate notepad with my own template pages inside.

Saddle Stitching

There are a number of methods to set about making a book. The most inexpensive and most convenient is to saddle-stitch the book. For this method you lay a little stack of pages together with a cover made from card stock, put 2 staples along the  column to hold it together, and then fold it in half. The edges of the paper will not line up completely (an issue that becomes more noticeable as the variety of pages boosts.) At the same time, you can stitch the pages together with a heavy thread rather than stapling. You can also cut the edges with a paper trimmer to even them up. Many big hardbound books are made by gluing together a number of little stacks of pages bound in this way.

Perfect Bound

A typical method of binding is to stack together your pages and after that glue them along the column edge with very strong glue. Search your bookshelf and you will see that your paperbacks are bound in this manner. Since there is no folding – other than the cover – the pages are simple to line up and the edges of the book are spick-and-span. This is described as a ‘Perfect Bound’ book.

Because of its simplicity, I have picked a best binding for my book.

Here it the detailed binding procedure:

1 – Stack your pages together in order. If you wish to make a book with pages smaller sized than 8 1/2 x 11 inches, you can fold the pages in half then stack the folded pages together.

2 – Clamp the pages together along the column edge. You can do this in a variety of methods and you can purchase a press gadget if you want. I recommend a couple of huge springs that you can get at the workplace supply store and a few paint stirrers. Place the paint stirrers along the out edges of the column and secure everything together. The stirrers will help expand the clamps and keep them from expanding or denting the paper.

3 – Take a little piece of sand paper (200 or 300 grit need to work) and rough up the paper along the column edge. This will expose the fibers of the paper and enable the glue to bond strongly with the paper.

4 – Glue the edges of the paper together. Use a little brush or a cotton bud to spread out the glue around uniformly. Wait a couple of minutes and use a 2nd coat and then let everything dry completely.

5 – When the columnhas dried, it is time to glue the cover. Remove the clamps. Fold the cover using the edge of a ruler so that it will cover nicely around the pages. Then, use more glue to the column and place the cover. You might want to secure all together once again while the glue dries.

Your book is complete!

This method is ideal for making photoalbums, journals, collections and more. If you have downloaded an e-book that you want to print type for sharing – print it and bind it. This works on anything that is printable in your computer. Make presents, or simply gather your personal works in a more organized and effective way.

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