I am a big fan of great looking books and sometimes I like to bind computer printouts so they look good on my shelf. Obviously simple changes can be made to embellish your book, however this is up to you (I'll explain a few that may be useful to you).
This particular process requires:
4 x A5 sketch pads
2mm thick grey card
about 0.5mm white card for the spine structure
leather (or similar) for the spine on the outside
A strip of cotton to help bind the pages
Masking tape (18mm wide)
Glue (PVA) is usually the best as when it dries it remains flexible
Contact adhesive for glueing the leather
and nice paper for the cover.
(Also other stuff if you want to make it extra cool)
Some tools that may also help will be:
clamps of various sizes
a staple gun to staple pages together
a craft knife
a steel ruler
and I use a heap of old encyclopedias to press all of the newly glued stuff.
Step 1: Cut and form the card covers
2. To make the leather spine sit flush with the finished product, we need to "chisel out" the areas of the cover that will have a spine. I have decided to have a 50mm spine of leather on the cover. Score along a line 50mm from the spine edge. With the cover on edge score a line about 1-2mm into the grey card (this will differ depending on the thickness of the leather you have).
3. Chisel out this volume of card on the cover and sides also.
4. When the leather folds over to the underside of the cover, you will need to recess these places also. Cut about 10mm into these underside areas.
add a step... Sand the sides of the card, rounded or chamfered, so they are smooth and nicer to hold.