Friday, October 9, 2009

DIY! Japanese Bookbinding!

Bookbinding has been around centuries! According to Wiki (who is ALWAYS Right) states that it all began with India and their Sutra. (Hugh Hefner just inhanced on it). But what I will show you is totally easy and really fast way to make pretty binding for notebooks, journals, or your own leaf stains!

What you need:

1 Sheet of Paper for the Cover (I like the Scrapbooking paper at Michael's)
Blank Pages
1 Hole Puncher (or if you want to get fancy, use an Awl to make the holes smaller)
Thread (depending on the size of your book, make it longer or shorter your arm span)

What to do:
Start by stacking the pages all together how you want the book to look.
I like to fold my cover page in half like a binder, then stuff it with the blank pages!

Holding all your pages together as a book, punch some holes along the side. Make sure you punch an ODD amount of holes, otherwise this stitch won't work!

And now for the Binding instructions:
(click to make the image bigger!)



The finished product should look something like this:

Depending on your tastes, you can add more or less holes and you can change up the ribbon! It could be thread, paper, whatever your heart desires!

Hope that was helpful! I'd love to see what you guys come up with, and feel free to email me with questions! Yippie!

P.S. Next Friday I'll return you to the last installment of the Wedding DIY! Hurray!

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