Bookbinding, woo!

I, like many other people, have a passionate and deeply loving relationship with notebooks. All that notebooks and I ask is that you respect our love for the sacred union it represents. There have been a spate of birthdays amongst my friends recently, so I put together some hand-bound notebooks for them.

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This one is bound using coptic stitch in gold thread. The cover is made from a repurposed purple pinstriped suit jacket.
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I bought the corner protectors from this eBay shop.
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The covers are a couple of centimetres wider and longer than the pages.
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The signatures are encased in purple, blue, and grey cover papers.
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I used this super happy kawaii wrapping paper (from Primark) to line the insides of the covers.
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I made it for my awesome friend Sacha, who is a composer. The pages are a mixture of manuscript paper, squared paper, plain, and coloured paper.
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I made a PDF of the manuscript paper in LibreOffice Draw. You can download it from here.
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The next three notebooks were for my chums Emma, Benji, and Laura. The red fabric used to be a dress, and the blue was a pillowcase.
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Manuscript paper for Laura, because she's a classical guitarist, folk musician and composer.
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Lined paper for Emma because she's a writer (PDF).
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And storyboards for Benji because he's a filmmaker (PDF).
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SUPER COOL COVER PAPERS (also from Primark).
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I used a mixture of coptic stitch and french tape binding on these books. I learnt the exposed tape technique from this amazing tutorial.
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The covers on these books are the same size as the inner papers. I think I prefer making them this way since it's a more economical use of my A4 pieces of cardboard (cannibalised from notebooks and A4 refill pads).
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I really like the look of the exposed tape bindings, but I think I prefer to attach covers using coptic stitch as it's a lot less fiddly.

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