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« on: April 04, 2007 06:56:37 AM »

I want to make more journals (yes I'm addicted!!), but have NO idea where to get chipboard or something to use for covers! Ihave been using cardboard from cereal boxes, but I think it't too flimsy.
Is there a reason I can't/shouldn't use rubber cement for construction? I had issues with my glue making the papers wrinkle and warp, and thought rubber cement may be the answer.
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2007 06:20:01 PM »

You can usually buy chipboard at art supply stores. It's also called Davey board, if that helps.

Check out Talas - they have lots of bookbinding materials:
www.talasonline.com

As for the problem with the glue, the reason it creates wrinkles in your paper is because of its high water content. Try using glues with less water - PVA glue is made specifically for bookbinding purposes, although it dries very quickly so you have to work fast. Lately I've been experimenting with Aleene's Original Tacky Glue - it's thick so there's a low water content, it sticks wonderfully, although it's a bit harder to work with because it's so thick and tacky. But the best part of it is the price (about 1/3 the price of PVA glue). Experiment with different white glues to see which work best for you. Stay away from rubber cement because it will yellow and deteriorate quickly due to its high acid content.

Wrinkled papers and air bubbles are a normal part of bookbinding - try smoothing out your paper by rubbing a bone folder (or popsicle stick) once you've glued it to the chipboard. That should help take out the wrinkles.
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2007 08:54:05 PM »

I buy my chipboard at local craft stores.. Michaels and ACMoore usually.  If you have either of those stores where you are ask someone who works there where it is.  I had to ask because I couldn't find it either, but sure enough, they have it!  good luck finding it! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2007 01:01:43 PM »

E-bay is a good site for chipboard also- in the crafts section of the home page. Another way to get the "bubbles" out is to roll a brayer over the glued pages/covers, using a little pressure. The wide , even surface works great for removing air pockets. Aleene's is my glue of choice and I use a disposable credit card (from the junk mail we all get!) to apply it. Makes a nice even, thin coat so it' s not too messy and dries pretty quickly.
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2007 05:09:09 PM »

Thanks so much for all the ideas! I also found that I can glue 2 layers of cereal box cardboard together for each cover and that works fairly well, (and it's uber cheap!) My fam eats at least 2 boxes a week, so I can make 1 free book a week! Smiley Better get other people to save boxes for me! Wink
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