But how do you make that magical step between loose pages and a beautiful, fully bound volume?
Read on, fellow bibliophiles, read on.
(Other uses that have just occured to me-- your own calendar, a hollow book, archiving magazines/comics, etc)
**UPDATE: All of the photos are up, and should help to clarify the process. Yay!
Step 1: Prepare your materials
You'll need: (an overview of what you can buy online at http://www.dickblick.com/categories/bookmaking/)
*A papercutter (useful, but not always required)
*Straightedge Ruler (you'll need to measure and crease)
*PVA (Polyvinyl Acetate-- find bookbinding glue in your local art store (or http://www.dickblick.com/zz128/44/)
*Paintbrush for spreading PVA
PVA is very durable and flexible-- you can make do with Elmer's Glue, but it's not as good)
*Cover board (I use chipboard because it's cheaper http://www.dickblick.com/itemgroups-c/chipboard/ but other people swear by binder's board http://www.dickblick.com/zz128/27/, make do with non-corrugated cardboard)
*Bookbinding cloth (this is almost completely necessary; if you *have* to make do, glue some cloth onto paper.) http://www.dickblick.com/zz128/45/
*Bookbinding needles (sewing needles aren't strong enough-- embroidery might work)
*Waxed thread (http://www.dickblick.com/zz128/41/ or wax some emboidery thread with beeswax http://www.dickblick.com/zz128/26/) Dental floss might work, but I haven't tried it.
*Head Material (also really hard to scrounge; any ideas for in a pinch?) http://www.dickblick.com/zz128/37/
*Cloth for adhering signatures (preferable a loose weave cotton, but I've had success with thickish clothing cloth) http://www.dickblick.com/zz128/29/
*Awl (this is also almost essential; try and make do with a pointed compass, but it won't be pleasant)
*Pretty paper for the cover
*Pretty (thicker) paper for the endpages
**Optional bone folder for nicer (flatter) creases