Hot Bookmaking How-Tos

How To: Make a simple homemade journal from index cards, dental floss and a cereal box

Traditional bookbinding can be a complicated job requiring specific tools and crafts. But when you're making a personalized homemade journal or diary at home, anything goes. This video will show you the basics of making a simple, small book using easy methods with materials you likely have around the house, like index cards (for the folios), a cereal box (book cover), paper, duct tape, scissors, dental floss (binding), glue, Sharpie marker, and an awl or sewing needle.

How To: Make a notebook pencil holder

This is a detailed explanation on a particular step of an earlier project "Moleksine Notebook Mods". This is my first time working with a video explainer so I'm happy to take comments on whether this is useful, if some voice over would be better, maybe text on the video.

How To: Make a duct tape book cover

Duct tape is versatile and can be used for anything. But did you ever imagine that it can be used for making a book cover? Protect your books with sturdy duct tape. This tutorial shows you how to make a general book cover for a paperback using duct tape, but the process can be extended to cover any type of book. Protect all your books from damage with duct tape.

How To: Glue in bookbinding

Learn how to use glue to attach the book board and paper in bookbinding without making the paper wrinkle. Watch this video bookmaking tutorial and learn how to glue paper to book board without damaging and warping the surface.

How To: Make your own art journal

By watching this video, you will learn how to create your own art journal. Begin by cutting pieces of heavy weight cardstock 5" by 8". After you have cut all your sheets, fold them in half. If you want a defined crease, you can use a bone folder. Next, poke small holes in the crease of each sheet. Start at the center and then poke one every inch above and below the center hole. Then using a regular running stitch, sew through each hole of a single sheet. Once you reach the bottom hole, bring ...

How To: Make a homemade photo album

This next arts and crafts tutorial will show you how to make a homemade photo album. It's a perfect video to follow, if you're looking for an easy gift to make for your mother, friend, or relative. So check it out, pay attention, and find out how to make this great gift that is sure to last a long time. Enjoy!

How To: Print and bind your own paperback book

Here's how to print, bind and publish your own paperback book. You need a color or B&W printer, a hot-melt glue gun, a clamp, and a thermal binding device. This instructional video will allow you to organize all of your downloaded files into neatly constructed books for an enjoyable reading experience.

How To: Make a glue bound paperback book

You Tube user go to guy enterprises teach you how to make glue bound paperback book. You will print you book on a4 paper, 2 pages per side, on each side. That means you'll have 4 pages in total on a sheet of a4 paper. Fold the paper in the middle and make stacks of the pages. You will also need an adjustable wood placement for the pages. Make sure you also have a piece of card stock for the black cover. Then align everything up, clamp it down to make the pages staying tight. On the spine of t...

How To: Perfectly bind a book with two different methods

Demonstrator Andy Hirsch offers a tutorial on how to perfectly bind a book using two different methods. The first method is with binding clips the second with a binding jig. You will need and cutting mat, X-acto knife, paint brush, ruler, binder clips and binding glue. Use use 8 1/2" X 11" paper folded in half for the book pages and 11"x 17" page for the cover. In the 'Binder Clip Method', you make all the pages and cover flush and use the binder clips to keep everything together. Ad glue to ...

How To: Make a mini zine

This is a video tutorial for all of you people who don't know how to cut and fold zines, which are short magazines, especially a fanzine, or webzine. It's not brain science here. You basically just print, cut and fold. That's it.

How To: Do the coptic stitch to bind your own book

Want to learn how to bind your own books? For aspiring publishers, or artists and fashion designers looking to bind a small quantity of look-books for prospective retailers, this tutorial will be of use. Learn how to do the coptic stitch to bind a book in this two-part video tutorial.

How To: Make a book weight

If you're looking for a solution to keeping your books open during a read, you might have considered using a book weight. In this video tutorial, the author will be showing you how to make your very own homemade book weight using a few inexpensive house hold products. The entire procedure can be completed in about 10 minutes, and all you need is some uncoated lead shots, a bag of lentils, a zip lock bag and a sock. You will also need either a sewing machine or a needle and thread to keep the ...

How To: Create a cuneiform clay tablet magazine from scratch

In this video tutorial, you'll learn the ancient art of clay tablet making. Back in the old, old, days, before paper and pencil, there were clay tablets. Sumerians used these clay tablets to communicate, record business expenses and more. In this video, you'll learn how to make your own cuneiform clay tablet magazine! Spread the word!

How To: Submit a children's book manuscript to publishers

In this video, we learn how to submit a children's book manuscript to publishers. First, you will want to type your manuscript oh white paper and make sure it's double spaced and indented at the beginning of each paragraph. Use one inch margins on each side as well. Make sure the pages are number consecutively and your name, address, phone number, and e-mail are listed on the cover page. Don't break the text up and don't include pictures unless you're a professional illustrator. When you are ...

How To: Bind Your Printed PDF Books Fast, Easy, and Cheap

Today, books in PDF are quickly accessible on the Internet, whether free or paid. You can easily read them on your computer or mobile device, but some still enjoy a printed version they can hold in their hands. Printing PDF volumes is a quick and easy task, but the only problem is binding them into a sturdy book, especially when they're pretty thick.

How To: Make a notebook with ribbon binding

This video demonstrates how to make a notebook with ribbon binding. Take a stalk of plain white paper and it would be 5 1/2" long and 8" wide. Fold it in half. Trim off the excess with a ruler. Then align the edges of the white paper. Put this in a cardstock which is 8 1/2" wide and 5 1/2" long. Cover rapid around the white paper stalk to make sure that it the spine is bounded. Take the grid ruler and center it and mark the center and also 1" from the center at each side to the left and right...

How To: Make an accordion photo album

Want to make a neat gift for a friend? In this Curbly video tutorial, steps are given on how to make an accordion style photo album without any glue or tape. Materials needed include: light to medium weight poster board (24x4.5"), a scoring tool & board, an Exacto knife, scissors, a hole punch, 0.25"x7.5" piece of elastic, and brad clips. Put photos of you, friends, and family on both sides of the accordion to make for a great keepsake.

How To: Make a book out of recycled material

Make your own book out of recycled material. You can use thick cardboard pieces for each page. Find some strong tape to make an outer binding. Tape each page of the book down with masking tape. You can then reenforce it by glueing down strips of brown paper bag. Decorate your book with other recycled items such as stickers, photographs, and plastic bags.

How To: Make a 100% Recycled Art Journal From Cereal Boxes

This video will show you how to make a funky hand bound art journal using only consumer waste and unused household items for materials. Items and materials for the project include cereal boxes (as the main material), scrap papers, scrap fabrics, broken jewelry, along with whatever else you wish to use to jazz up your art journal and make it unique.

How To: Make a book without glue

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a book without glue. First, you will need two thick pieces of cardboard paper, the paper for the book, scissors, duct tape, tape, and a pen. First, punch holes in all the papers and cardboard. Now, assemble the book and tape the duct tape around the holes in the book. Roll the tape around and tie it together, do this to all the holes. Now, place the tape around the edge of the book and tape the edge together like the binding of a normal book. Now, write ...

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