I decided to learn about bookbinding after I saw some gorgeous leather journals on Etsy. So I looked around online for tutorials and instructions. Using this great video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHAJyzzb4EE
), I bound my first book with a coptic stitch. It's a new planner for the fall semester. I was going to buy one at Target, but it was $10. Here's what the supplies cost-
Cardboard: Free (cut from my sewing machine box
Scrapbook paper: $1 for four sheets
Awl: Free (my dad used to do some leather work and beadwork, so he went digging through his "craft box" and found it for me)
Waxed thread: about $2.50 at Hobby Lobby
Cream cardstock: $4 for a pack...I didn't even use half of the paper in the pack so far
Inside the front cover:
I went ahead and filled out the weeks from August 23rd (first day of classes until the end of January (three signatures-that's what they're called, right?).
By then, my cheapo pen was going weird and I was smearing ink everywhere, so I just left the last two signatures blank to fill in the dates later.
Inside the back cover:
There are a few more pictures at my blog.