Step 8: Make the Book Spine

Loosely assemble the bound paper and the covers. Pressing them together, measure their combined thickness and mark off on a piece of scrap card.

Cut the spine so that it is the thickness of the covers and the paper together and the same length as the height of the book covers.
<p>Although not this exact project, i've made several book binded at home and share KaptinScarlet oppinion that using something made by us is an extra motive to be proud!</p>
<p>I really like your illustrations!<br><br>I used your process, plus some of the process illustrated by Crafty Loops on her Youtube Videos, to bind my first book. Mainly, I used sewing to bind the signatures together instead of staples. Thanks!</p>
<p>I have a question. Is it necessary to staple it? I mean, can't you just stick it straight into the cover?</p>
Not really. Because the pages are folded together, the pages inside the ones you glued would fall out. Even books you buy, the pages are sewn together before binding
<p>Thanks! best tutorial ive found! Ive made 2 books with it in the past but don't have tem anymore, and didn't take pictures :( BUT I plan on making 5 more for Christmas using homemade paper and a suede cover. they are gonna be the magic tomes from skyrim ^^ ill try to post pictures when they are done!!!!!!</p>
<p>Also I wanted to ask what you have found to be the best fabrics (or fabric qualities ie thick, flexible, stiff) to use for the covers as I wanted to make some hand bound BoS as well. </p>
<p>Great tutorial! </p>
<p>I like :3 very much good</p>
<p>Lol this is fun.</p>
<p>much wow. thank u</p>
It's called rubber cement in the US. You can get it from any craft store anywhere in almost any size you want. I even have a travel size one for my desk.
<p>Rubber cement is not archival. Eventually it will yellow and lose its hold. (Great stuff, it simply does not last forever.)</p>
<p>Statements over the archival status of an adhesive is rather redundant to be made in passing. The usage of adhesives isn't as simple as stating use a PVA glue which is suitable in most cases for archive purposes. But is doesn't account for the requirements of the object in its lifetime or future manipulation in archive. It is a big topic and one where there exists continued academic and trade level discourse.<br><br>JDRocker, PVA is a usually a better choice when working with paper and books and likely a safer bet if a book is to exist into the future. It isn't entirely reversible from the paper but it isn't likely to fail either.</p>
<p>hi, ok so i'd like to make already printed on paper into a book for my friend, but i'm not sure how to make it so the pages are in order so if you could tell me any way to do that i'd greatly appreciate it :)</p>
This is a great question. I won't have this problem since I will be doing a poetry book and it's one per page. I have a few long poems but it's not very aesthetically pleasing to split them up so they will go on pages 8-9 where I know the center fold is :) this won't help with stories though. I think you can use Microsoft publisher for your purposes. It does bifold printing I'm sure it goes to 8 pages. Not sure! I used to print church programs and the easter one is long. Publisher I would say!
<p>ADOBE INDESIGN or QUARKXPRESS are two of the standard software for making books, magazines, or any other layout work you want to do. If you know these software, it will be a breeze. You can also automatically program the page numbers and they appear in chronological order.<br><br>This tutorial is rather inspiring. I want to bind my comics illustrations so it's easier to put them in books.<br><br>Though what I find lacking from the instruction is how to create SIGNATURES. Say, if I have 2000 pages of illustrations, how many folded pages are allowable to complete a signature? Also, I've always thought the pages are sewn with strong waxed string to keep the pages intact. I had to destroy a hardbound book to see what's hidden, and the pages, I discovered, were sewn then glued!</p>
<p>Sorry. Not 2,000 pages. I meant 200. LOL.</p>
Thanks so much!
<p>Or you could put together loose sheets into a perfect bound book.</p>
Microsoft Word has a function that lets you paginate properly for binding. I described it further up in the comments, so have a quick trawl back through them and I'm sure you'll find it.
<p>Aileen,</p><p>There are a few ways! I used this program to do it: <a href="http://www.quantumelephant.co.uk/bookbinder/bookbinder.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.quantumelephant.co.uk/bookbinder/bookbi...</a></p><p>The term to describe it is imposition, and there are a lot of programs and ways to do it. Look around and see what works!</p>
<p>I took a bookmaking class a few years ago and we made a &quot;rough draft&quot;--a miniature version with all of the folios simulated in small, unbound paper. Then you can number the draft pages and unfold them to see what order they go in.</p>
<p>it's lovely</p>
<p>I really loved this tutorial. My main difference was that I used glossy adhesive paper in place of fabric for the cover, and I stapled the pages to the binding (also a sheet of paper) rather than gluing them, based on my resources at the time. The adhesive paper has an advantage in that it allows you to print your cover design before you make your book. I must say, I'm quite pleased with how it came out. Gonna make a whole bunch more!</p>
This is so helpful. I love how this came out
Thanks, that looks awesome!
<p>A great pictorial of how to make a book and then bind a cover onto it, very cool! </p>
<p>A big help for me. You know, I badly need a help since I need to bind a project and this idea is really pretty to make :) Thank you very much!</p>
<p>In the U.S., Elmer's makes a product called &quot;rubber cement&quot; that works as well.</p>
<p>Amazing project! For step 6, you can use a nail file to fine tune the cuts. It worked great with the printer paper that I used.</p>
Love it!! Thank you so much!!
<p>Nice Instructable. Fun to make!</p>
How would you bind 8.5x11 size pages into a full size journal? Could you staple them together in folios then bind the according to the instructions or would you need to use paper that when folded is the equivalent to that size?. I want to make my own planner but prefer full sizes.
<p>You would need to use 11x17 paper to make a book that's 8.5x11. Yes...this is my second attempt to comment on this. I did math wrong the first time! :)</p>
<p>I really appreciated the tutorial, i sped through it to feel the process and figure out what works and what doesn't . Thanks.</p>
What exactly is the stiff card that you're using for the cover because I haven't been able to find the right material for it. I've looked everywhere.
You are looking for mounting board. Any art shop should be able to supply it, or even a picture framing shop might be able to let you have some. I used the stiff board that was a backing for a sketch pad
Amazing! Thank you so much for this! :D
<p>Lovely instructable!</p>
Finished my first book this evening! Thanks for the tutorial!
Just printed out my signatures for 96 page book. Fingers crossed it comes out alright! Thanks for the tutorial. It's one of the best I've found for creating a hardcover book!
Nice and thanks for the kind words. Hope it all goes well!
I want to be the cover to be something that I've drawn. Is there any kind of special paper or something that anyone would recommend for this?
nice notebook!
<p>About the spine-cover distance, how big of one should there be?</p>

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