This is a mini-guide on making your own hardcover book. I have never made a book previously, and so I was just documenting the steps I thought were important along the way. I made this book because I wanted a better option to display my portfolio in person, and I was unhappy with all of the options I kept coming across in stores - so it might provide some inspiration for other artists/designers!
Also, this is my first instructable set, so if there are any questions or critiques please let me know. Below are the items I used:
-Book Tape (found at most art stores, got mine at DickBlick)
-Superblack illustration board (also from DickBlick)
-Bone Scorer (Martha Stewart sells a kit for about $25 that is surprisingly decent, find a coupon and it could be $12!)
-Cardstock, or standard paper sheets.
-Drill, and drillbit (0.25" = 1/4")
-Screwposts, sold at hardware stores or art stores
-Alphabetical impact stamps (optional)
Loose blank cardstock, roughly 7" x 12". I happened to have a surplus of this hanging around so I sized my book according to the stock, but of course you can use any size/stock that you feel is appropriate and will print well. I personally prefer the thicker sheets as it really adds some sophistication to the finished product, and I think that adds value to the viewer.