- Paper for pages
Think about what you're using the book for, and what type of paper you like using. Best part about post binding books is, you can use any type of paper, it doesn't really matter.
- Paper Cutters
I use a personal paper trimmers, an exacto knife and ruler, and scissors for different steps
- Book Board
Get the good acid free stuff if you can. The thickness doesn't bother me one way or the other, so go with what you like.
- Sand Paper or sanding block
It's for the book board and paper blocks
- Book Cloth
You might try making your own (Google it if you don't like that process, there are 1000 more!)
- Decorative Paper
For this project I used Japanese origami paper from Joanne's for the cover of the book and some handmade rice paper for the end sheets.
PVA is the best, but it has no give. It sticks. I bought something called "Professional Acid Free Glue" from Hobby Lobby and it works well for my purposes. I got it on sale. You can even try to make your own!
If you have a bookbinding press (can I come live with you?) use it! If not, I use book clips, clamps, and pieces of wood. Let me tell you, if you have a book due for class the next day and you don't have access to the book press, you get /very/ creative.
- Screw in Posts
These are sold at Lowe's. Unfortunately, no one who works there will have a clue what you are talking about. Look in the hardware section, in the drawers. It'll be under "Specialty fasteners"
I have one that's clear, and one that has a metal edge for cutting. The one with the metal edge was like, 50 cents at walmart. I do have a love affair with the clear one though, it makes a lot of jobs so much easier.
- Cutting board
Or a table you don't mind screwing up. It's easier to work on a nice table though. Really think about the cutting board.
- Time, Attention to Detail, and Anal Retentiveness
No, I'm not joking
1. Step One - Cut out your paper.
Step 4 - Cut the large piece of book board
After you cut it out, glue and press.
Step 10 - Embellishments
Step 11 - End Sheets
Step 12 - Putting it all together
This part angers me, and I have no trick for it. I am very anal retentive and it has to be perfect. I can spend a whole bloody hour trying to stack the paper and book boards together. I'm still working on this right now.
I am using a regular drill, but a drill press is where it's at. The bit I'm using looks to be about 3/16ths of an inch. That way those posts can fit through the hole. The first time I drilled, the first hole worked out okay, and the second hole became wonky. To try and counteract that, I'm drilling a pilot hole first. I just picked out a thin drill bit to run through my marks first. This drilling is a pain in the butt, because until you figure out exactly what works for you, all your hard work can go up in a whirl of torn paper and tears with the push of a button. :'(
Step 14 - Screwing the posts in (hehehe)
If you get holes drilled, this is pretty easy. It takes smaller posts than you might think. I always keep an assortment on hand.
This is the part where you take your book to another person and go, "Look! I made it!" Or blog about it. Or start journaling. Or looking at it and wondering if you could ever use such an awesome book. Or you can start on your next one. Or, you might be having to take it into class where the teacher will break apart everything you did into bite size chunks of guilt and shame as he points out every drop of glue, every pencil mark, every bent page, and ever wrinkle.
That might have just been me though @_@
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! If you have any questions let me know and I'll be happy to answer them. I know I didn't cover everything (like the difference between paper corners and fabric corners and how bookboard thickness affects the process) but if you run into problems, drop me a line and I'll do my best to help!
Happy bookbinding! (Believe me, you'll need the reminder)