This was a thing I wanted to do because creative stuff focuses my mind: it’s meditation for me. Plus I really love specific colours and wanted to make cheap inserts for brain dumping in my wallet. Shopping lists and FYIs, that sort of thing. It was actually the cardstock which sold it for me, especially when I realised it was double sided on certain sheets.
As this one was a prototype, I learned lots of things:
- Binder clips are a godsend.
- Ditto my cutting mat.
- Measure twice, cut once. At least in theory. In reality, measure lots of times.
- I also learned how to saddle-stitch AND that you can make your own waxed thread using embroidery thread and beeswax. I love that I’ll be able to choose not only the cover, the paper but also the thread, all to compliment each other. That said white makes a lot of mistakes bearable.
- The stitching needs work but it’s basically pretty secure.
- My collection of hardback gaming books makes an excellent DIY book press.
- The book is a little narrower as I didn’t measure everything while it was binder clipped together, so there was a bit of an overhang. I can take this into account in the next version.
- A rotary cutter should make cutting everything down a lot safer.
- Thread is so much fucking easier than a stapler. An awl makes the process a dream.
- I can, apparently, sew. Who knew?
- You can see all the dot makes, those are from the sodding staple gun. I’ll be a lot more careful on the next one.
Right now, getting all the stuff was a bit of a money sink but there’s a break-even point somewhere. The notebook I made has a cover and nine sheets (so 36 pages in all, 150gsm, I think). All the bits can be used for others things, as well, and—frankly—I want to get more crafty, more able to make mistakes and create things.
The point is: I made a shiny. I made it without slicing my fingers off or poking my remaining eye out.