Earlier this week I posted a link to papierdesign.de, which offers some very good videos demonstrating the process of book binding. One of the featured projects is called ‘Booklet with Pocket’. It’s a sweet little thing, and it’s perfect for the person new to book binding because you don't need any special supplies. The only problem is, there isn’t a template for the cover of the booklet. Because I do enjoy a crafty challenge, I grabbed a pencil and paper and made one of my own. After a few prototypes, I had a workable template. After that, I was good to go.
To make a pocketed booklet of your own, you’ll need:
- an 8 ½" by 11" piece of cardstock (heavy, but not back-of-a-spiral-notebook heavy, if you get my drift)
- 2 to 3 sheets of 8 ½" x 11" copy paper (we’ll be cutting these down to 5 ½" x 8 ½")
- a needle and heavy thread (I used something I had on hand--Coats Dual Duty, 100% Polyester, which worked perfectly)
- craft knife
- cutting mat
- this template to download
- optional embellishments of your choice (I used a big vintage-y rubber stamp to add a little interest to the front of my booklet)
To see the entire process, watch Papier Design’s video. It’s really easy, and after you make one, you just might want to make a dozen.