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« on: January 08, 2011 08:06:47 AM »

Hello everyone,
This past week I've had the flu and have been unable to do most everything.
So in all of my free time, I wrote a collection of original fairy tales for my future children. I want to illustrate them and bind them as a book, but I was wondering what would be the best materials to use?
I was thinking water-color paper because I wanted watercolor illustrations, but aside from that, I am clueless as to what I should use and where I would get the supplies for that matter.
Also, would laminating the pages before binding be a good idea?

« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2011 10:05:50 AM »

When it comes to laminating...I would, to preserve the pages in the future.  I even use packing tape to laminate! Works like a charm and keeps the pages bendable.

For binding, depending on the size of the pages, I've used everything from ribbons (punching holes and tying the book together) to rings to actual gluing of signatures.  I got a book binder with the combs for Christmas a few years ago, also, and that works well but for a project like yours, I don't feel it'd be as personal. 

There are tons of tutorials online for any kind of binding you want to do.  When I use the ribbons, I actually loop them through all of the holes over a dozen times so it holds it very well.

Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2011 11:29:56 PM »

I have been making a lot of journals lately what I have been doing and since you want to use watercolor paper might be perfect for you. I get a pad of watercolor paper and make sure the back board is a thick hard board. Then I carefully tear out the pages and fold all of them in half. I use the back of the pad ( the hard back part) and cut that in half this is what I use as the cover and decorate how ever I want to . I then sew the pages to the cover using lots of various stitching. Coptic is easy to learn. Or if you want to cut the pages japanese stab binding.

I just find that by doing it that way I don't have to buy separate book board.

I have also bought presentation board which is available at my local craft store. It is with all the art paper (its much thicker then poster board but has no foam in the middle. )

hope that helps Smiley


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