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Last month I kicked off the Bookbinding University series and I’m excited to tell you that for the next few weeks we’ll be completing all the “coursework” that will have you creating beautiful customized notebooks of your own. I am far from an expert on this craft, but I have done plenty of research to bring your doable tutorials on creating your own books.Untitled-19

If you missed Lesson One: DIY Composition Style Notebooks, you’ll want to check it out. It’s a great place to start with bookbinding and will familiarize you with a few of the techniques that we’ll be using throughout this series.

Today, I have a review of the basic supplies you’ll need to follow this entire series. You likely have many of these supplies on hand, and if you don’t I’ve provided suggested resources to make sure you have everything to create along with me.


Suggested : Paper Presentation Text Weight PaperBoneFolder

Suggested: Teflon Bone FolderBookboard

Suggested: Paper Source Bookboard Needle&Thread

Suggested: Heavy Duty ThreadPatterned-Paper

Suggested: Studio Calico Atlantic Collection

Suggested: Paper Source PVA GlueRuler Utility-Knife

BinderClips FoamBrushes

I hope you are excited to get started with this fun series! I have long wanted to learn the basics of bookbinding and I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you!

I’ll see you tomorrow for the next lesson: How to make a Text Block.

Keep on crafting with these other posts

19 thoughts on “Bookbinding University: Basic Supply Roundup

  1. Woohoo, it’s here! I am all ready for the next lesson. I “shopped” my space to make sure all the items are available. I might even buy a pad of 12×12 and letter patterned paper since I’ve cut my current stash down for card making. Looking forward to your next post! <3 Bookbinding University! Go Amber!

  2. I have everything and am ready! Love your tutorials – so professional. You always think of everything we need to know.

  3. Amber I’m ready!! I’m looking to make my own PL planner. I’m currently just taping my planning pages to the inside of my agenda. Excited to make my own little planner!!

  4. I’m excited for the next lesson too! Was wondering if I could use a fabric glue instead of the PVA glue? I have that in my craft room. Does the PVA glue not last long after opened?

    1. Hi Anita! I am not sure about whether you can use fabric glue since I haven’t tried it. PVA glue actually keeps quite nicely for a good while after opening it. Just keep the top on it and you should be fine…although I have to admit, PVA glue doesn’t last very long in my house since I am constantly creating custom notebooks! I’ve kept a bottle for about 2 months though and have had no problems. Another helpful tip about PVA glue is that it’s very thin and easily spreadable across your surface. It also dried very quickly and is flexible. All of these qualities make it preferable for book binding. If you don’t have access to PVA, I’d suggest grabbing a bottle of Elmer’s liquid glue which is inexpensive and works very similarly to PVA. Hope this helps!

  5. I’m very curious to learn this because I have a couple of books that have started to come “unbound” and would love to use this to rebind them. Is this a possibility?

  6. I am so looking forward to this series. You caught my attention with the Mason Jars and now I’m hooked on your blog!! So many great ideas and so well planned out when you teach! Thanks for all the wonderful tips!

  7. Hello! I’ve bben looking for a binding class for quite a long time but those I found were quite expensive ones… So you can imagine how happy I was when I discovered theses videos! Thanks for sharing your knwoledge, I’m going to buy the supplies I don’t have and start asap!

  8. Thanks for info! I’m trying to upcycle something and my friend gave me the idea to make it into a little journal. I love the idea but for some reason it’s intimidating for me. Working with paper is harder than fabric 😉

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