I thought it would be fun to have a journal that could be transformed on a whim. What better than a LEGO journal! This coptic book with a chain stitch can be completely personalized to your taste using whatever LEGO you'd like.
Both books are bound in the same way, but the covers are different. Most of the instructable shows the construction of the cover with the inlayed LEGO because it is more complex.
Important note before getting started:
Bookbinding is a very precise art form. As you work though each step, take your time and check each action for the smallest of errors. Even small mistakes can be very obvious in the finished product. This being said, if your first attempt doesn't come out perfect, just keep practicing. Step 1 and 2 are interchangeable depending on your priorities. If you want a specific size of book, start with step 1. If you want a specific configuration of LEGO, start with step 2 and then cut your book board (step 1) to fit. Let's get started!
Materials needed for both book styles:
mechanical pencil with the smallest lead you can find (This makes for more accurate marks.)
paper for pages
rubber bands (2)
rulers (1 small for small measurements and 1 large for a straight edge)
small curved needle
drill with bit slightly larger than your needle
Materials needed only for cover with inlayed LEGO:
E6000 or similar glue good for plastic
book cloth with paper backing
PVA glue (if you want it to be archival. Elmers will work otherwise.)
flat paintbrush about an inch wide
LEGO plates (any color or size though larger ones will save time and effort)
book board (Book board is archival but if that doesn't concern you, the board on the back of a pad of sketch paper will also work.)
sand paper (medium grit)
paper for inside cover (I recommend a high quality paper.)
awl or stylus
Materials needed only for book with base plate cover: