Step 1: Materials and Tools
You should be able to find everything you need at art supply stores like Blick or Paper Source. I estimate the cost of everything was around $80.
- 2 book binding boards – at least 1/4" bigger on each side than your interior pages
- linen tape
- 2 screw posts
- bookcloth – I would get 2 sheets/rolls, but it depends on the size of your book
- 2 sheets of decorative inside cover paper
- PVA glue
- methyl cellulose (optional) – helps keep PVA from drying too quickly
- wax paper
- scrap paper – covers your work area so you can get your deposit back on your apartment later :)
- several heavy books – keeps your covers from warping while they dry
- cutting mat
- utility/x-acto knife – the board is heavy-duty stuff. even with a utility knife, you'll need to make several repetitive cuts.
- glue brush
- bone folder
- adjustable 3-hole punch
- some sort of book board hole punch or drill
Step 2: Preparation
My final page size was something like 13.75"x11". I left a 1.75" margin on the right side to accommodate the binding, so my printable area was 12"x11".
Use an adjustable 3-hole punch to figure out where your screw posts are going to be. This will be trial and error, depending on your hole punch. I unscrewed all but one punch and used that to punch two holes by flipping the paper.