Book Binding

Making a BOOOK–from scratch! 


Got into bookbinding lately—that’s the process of making a book from scratch. It’s a pretty natural progression, I guess . . . me, being a writer and all.

I love it because it’s not an expensive hobby, and you can get great results without being an expert. Decorative paper is less than $1 a sheet (much less if you get them on sale or with a coupon), the interior can be made from any type of paper, and cardboard at Walmart is also less than $1. That, and some thread, a larger needle, a thumbtack (an awl is the proper tool), something to help make your folds crisp (I use a metal ruler), glue, and an exacto knife (or if you can cut a straight line, scissors) are really all you need to get started.

It takes about 1-2 hours for me to finish, but most of that time is taken up with waiting for the glue to dry. I’ve made two—one for my niece and one for my nephew—as well as a third for my sister. I made mistakes, but now I think I’m pretty good at it. And since my niece and nephew haven’t destroyed theirs yet I think that they’ll last a while.

I’ve just finished working on my fourth book. This one is a watercolor notebook I’m making as a present for a friend. Here it is below.

Not bad, huh? Not perfect, but . . . I get better and better every time.

Last night, I realized I need to keep a notebook with me to jot down blog ideas–so hopefully I’ll post regularly from now on.  I’ll probably get to it after Christmas.

And maybe next time I’ll post progress pics. But first I need a good camera.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin


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