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My New Favorite Obsession: Book Binding

My New Favorite Obsession: Book Binding

If you've read my original how-tos, it probably won't come as a surprise that I'm kind of a hobby junkie. I'll try anything when it comes to arts and crafts. Some stick and become on-going pursuits; others don't. Book-binding, I have a feeling, is going to fall in the former category. I've always wanted to try book binding but was a bit intimidated. I mean, I know how to write a book, but actually make one? Scary. This weekend I threw caution to the wind, however, and headed to Blicks for some supplies. Of course, I did this after referring to the Google, which resulted in finding the very helpful Papierdesign.de and this article on eHow. I don't have to mention that YouTube is also filled with book binding videos as well, do I?

created at: 2009-03-02

Anyway, the reason I decided finally to give book binding a go was because I wanted to put together a portfolio of some photos I had taken in a recent photography class. To make the individual pages, I created a Word document, inserted the photos where I needed them (right justified), and then printed them as double-sided copies. I trimmed them into smaller strips, which became the papers for my book. For my first binding attempt, it's not bad. Of course, as with any hobby, practice will make perfect--or at least better. Ultimately, if you've ever wanted to try making a book, go for it. Believe me, making one is much easier than writing one.

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