There are tons of ways to bind books and this is just one. It's fun, easy and you can use any image. It's also a great way to make your own journals, notebooks and scratch-pads. I use all of my scrap paper to fill them but for special friends I use good paper and create special images for the covers. Oh, I have another secret, I use the cardboard from the flat rate boxes from the post office because it's thin and hard and easy to cut. So, that said, this can be a totally recycled project if you want it to be. Paper is a luxury item these days since we don't really need it like we used to. I say journal, leave handwritten notes and write letters! Now go bind some journals and impress your friends with how super cool you are.
Decorative paper for the inside and outside of your cover
Filler paper (construction, scrap, copy paper, whatever!)
Krylon Spray Adhesive
Ribbon (if you want)
Rubber Cement or Elmer’s Glue All
Step 1: Cut the front and back cover of your book, your spine which is 1/2" wide and the length of the book and a sheet of decorative paper that is at lease 2" wider and longer than those pieces laid out together side by side.
Step 2: Using spray mount, adhere your pieces down side by side (on the back side of your decorative paper) with the spine in the middle and a 1/8" space between the spine and the front and back cover then with your craft knife cut off all of the corners.
Step 3: Lightly coat the edges with Elmer's Glue All and fold over the edges.
Step 4: Cut your liner papers 1/4" smaller than the size of the covers and using spray adhesive and carefully apply them to insides of your book covers.
Step 5: Cut your filler paper the size of your liners. I have a paper cutter and use that to make my own block of paper, but, it’s uneven. Personally, I like the HOME MADE feel of it. However, if you want something perfect, head over to Staples and have them cut paper the size that you want.
Step 6: Add glue (either rubber cement or Elmer's) to the spine (on the inside) and put your block of paper in side so that the ends are touching the glue.
Step 7: Stand it on it’s spine with book ends on both sides and let dry overnight. In the morning, you will have a bound book. Congratulations!