The method you mentioned is actually how I bind the books I've been making recently. It seems to be holding up fairly well. You just have to make sure that all of your pages are lined up. I usually shuffle things around and smack it (not really SMACKING it, but I think you get it) against my desk. Here's a really great tutorial for making photo journals. It's basically what you asked about:http://photojojo.com/content/diy/make-your-own-photo-notebook-journal/ I don't use photographs for my covers, I like using thick cardboard for a sturdier cover. Also, I use modge podge and not elmers glue. basically because it's all I have lying around =P I hope this helped.