Hot Bookmaking How-Tos

How To: Easily bind your own booklet

Get creative and make your own writing accessories! In this two-part book binding tutorial, learn how to make a simple leatherbound soft booklet to either take notes in, draw in, or just carry around as an adorable school accessory. In part one, learn how to prepare for the sewing of the page signatures, and in part two, how to sew the actual signatures is gone over. Good luck with your project!

How To: Improve your handwriting

Have you been typing at computers for so long that your handwriting has become unreadable? Follow these steps to make your handwriting beautiful again. This Howcast guide demonstrates how to improve your handwriting - just follow the steps!

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: Make a Word-A-Day journal

I have always loved the idea of faithfully keeping a journal with something written or drawn for each day of the year. In practice it has never worked. I decided that I might have a chance if I only had to write one word a day and that it was important to keep it small and simple so I wouldn't be tempted to start more elaborately and then quit because I couldn't live up to the expectation. I designed a series of small books, one for each month, that go in a box made from a cereal box. Learn h...

How To: Craft a five stitch journal

Learn how to make books! It's easy to construct your own books to use as journals, scrapbooks, notebooks, or sketch books. This is a five stitch method of bookbinding. You will need two pieces of cardboard, writing paper, and old calendar, embroidery floss, a ruler, scissors, rubber bands, double stick tape, Mod Podge and a craft knife.

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 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 hardcover miniature art journal

Watch this bookmaking tutorial to make a fun tiny sized art journal. You will need five sheets of paper, one sheet of card stock, two pieces illustration board of equal size, and a smaller piece for the binding. You will also need some decorative paper, glue, a needle and thread. These miniature journals are small but can hold a lot of information, depending on how you fill their pages.

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 book

Make a book using the five-hole pamphlet stitch. You will need paper, a bone folder, an awl and a needle and thread. Watch this instructional video to make a quick paper book for sketches, notes, illustrated stories, and picture albums.

How To: Make Raven Symone's padded journal

Raven Symone shows us how to make a padded journal using your favorite fabric. You will need a pair of scissors, a composition notebook, a yard of fabric, ribbon, cotton stuffing, and hot glue. If you love to write poetry like Raven Symone, or you want to give a cool gift to your best friend. Make Raven Symone's padded journals for your own own writing, birthday gifts or school projects.

How To: Make a Japanese style stab book

This tutorial shows you how to make a basic Japanese style book. You'll need two different styles of paper, a cutting surface, a ruler, a paper cutter, and a ruler. Watch this video bookbinding tutorial and learn how to make a Japanese stab book.

How To: Publish your own book

Want to see your book in print? Going the route of agents and sending your manuscript off for publication is a long grueling process that may not even pan out. If you're not looking to get famous and you're just looking to get your book in tangible form, take a look at this instructional video and learn how to self publish your own book.

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 and bind a book

This video provides a clear, step by step approach to making books. By following the detailed instructions, you will learn how to bind books using relatively few tools and little material. Make and bind a book.