My house was becoming overloaded with little piles of paper, time to do something about it.
I happened across this video on youtube, and was inspired to alleviate the problem while preserving all the work.
I didn't have all the things that were used in the video that inspired me on hand, so I just improvised my own bookbinding jig, it works pretty good (from an amateur book binders perspective). It is certainly sufficient for the task at hand, and I can see myself using it again once my daughters pile has grown a little larger.
It defiantly helped go through some of the craft bins and art piles.It made for a fun activity, my son was even got involved in picking and sorting and best of all purging.
My wife was really pleased with this one as it reduced a lot of mess and made it into something that my son can keep forever, which is why I called it a keepsake book.
Step 1: Hunter/Gatherer
- Some scraps of plywood or Masonite....or both really.
- a couple of screws
- 1 pack of hook and loop strips from the dollar store
- a drill
- a saw (to cut the scraps accordingly)
- a pencil to make marks
- a straight edge
- carpenters glue
To make the book, you will need
- book innards (i.e. sheets of paper, with stuff on or not, this is really up to you)
- some stiff cardboard (to make the covers)
- a strip of fabric (to run up the spine)
- a strip of ribbon or mesh
- something to cover the book in (packing paper looks and works well, I did a collage using a variety of textured surfaces. Ripped paper bags, mesh, material, kleenex, birch bark, tissue paper, textured paper, whatever I could find really.
- white glue