What's the best way to make little paper sketchbooks like the one in the picture? What is this binding called?
I accidentally bought a bunch of 9x12 60lb paper that comes with one of those little tape binding strips so it's going to fall apart and you can't fold the paper back. I want to make some sketchbooks out of it that don't look like big spiral bound ones so I can take them out and do a little clandestine drawing in the food court or cafe or whatever.
I actually had a similar dilemma to this a few weeks ago.
Had a Field Notes notebook lying around and really liked the size, fit in my back pocket well. Took that and basically traced it on some marker paper sheets I wanted a book made out of, then did the same with a sheet of thick cardstock to be the cover. Cut and stapled them together in the middle. Then fold in half and took some pliers to really clamp the book down and keep it from trying to open back up.
Really though, I think this was a pretty tedious/sloppy way to go about it, but after trimming and cleaning up the end result it looked more than good enough for my needs. Using a straight paper cutter instead of scissors would have sped up the process a lot too, and probably would have come out looking nicer.
I'm curious as well if someone can offer some good notebook making advice. Would love to take some other paper I have and make it nicely portable.
For that size paper I suggest the Japanese 4 Hole Binding technique, google it and learn it, pretty easy and you get good results. Also for larger sheets you can use the Coptic Bookbinding technique which folds large sheets in half for binding. Look that one up too.
I have a couple books I have made using the Japanese 4 hole method. Its ususally old books, workout manuals or sheetmusic/guitar tabs I found online (usually pdf or powertab format). Print that shit at the office, bind at home, cardboard with old wallpaper or wraping paper pasted over it for a classy cover.
Also, for bookbinding using sewing like the 2 I mentioned I prefer to substitute fishing line instead of a natural fiber thread. I used an old thing of fairly thick fishing line and an upholstering needle I found in my grandparents house so I have been using those.