This week marks Curbly's fourth birthday! We're pretty excited, and so we're bringing you some of our favorite original DIY projects and how-to posts from the last four years. This one's from Curbly's most established Featured Writer, DIYMaven.
So you've downloaded an eBook. Now what? Well, if you're a bibliophile like me, you might want to print out the ones you love. Like Curbly's Make It! series, for example. I'm lucky enough have the new edition to the Curbly Library in perfect-bound, so I'm set for hard copy. However, I had a copy of David duChemin's wonderful photography book '10' on my hard drive that needed to be birthed onto paper.
Now, I could have printed it at home and rammed a staple into one of its corners, but that would have been barbaric. I could have taken it to my local Kinkos and had them print and bind it, but that would have been uninspired. Instead, I printed it at home, bound it myself and included its own beaded bookmark into the binding. Here's how I did it:
First, the supplies
- 2 pieces of card stock, the same size as the format in which you'll be printing your eBook and as heavy as your printer can handle
- string or pearl cotton
- a few beads, large and small to coordinate with your string/cotton
- a ruler
- an awl or nail
- an embroidery needle
- Dremel/roto tool or drill and a 1/16" or so drill bit
- 2 hinged paper clips