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There are so many options for customizing your own notebooks and today I’m excited to share two simple “creative add-ons” that will bring your projects to the next level of awesome.

In this tutorial you’ll learn: how to create decorative “headbands” and how to create an elastic band closure. Both of these are incredibly easy add-ons that just take a couple of minutes.

Bookbinding University: Creative Add Ons | Damask Love Blog

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Minute markers:

0:08 | How to Make Text Block “Headbands”

2:05 | How to Make Elastic Band Closures

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Bookbinding University: Creative Add Ons | Damask Love Blog

Bookbinding University: Creative Add Ons | Damask Love Blog


How to Make a Text Block | How to Make a Hardcover | How to Make a Composition Style Notebook How to Make Your Own Bookcloth | How to Make Elastic Closures & Headbands | Perfect Binding

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22 thoughts on “Bookbinding University: Creative Add-Ons

  1. I would have loved to see you add a ribbon place marker like some bibles and finer notebooks have. I can see how you’d add it right before gluing on a headband but others might not be able to figure it out.

    1. to have a ribbon place mark you just need to glue some ribbon to the spine starting from the bottom so the excess will be at the top of the book before you add the Text Block “Headbands”, but make sure it’s long enough.

  2. I like this creative add-ons, it makes the book look so professional!

    I have one off-topic question:
    What is the font of the “Craft is dismissed” writing and where did you find it? I love it!

  3. Hi amber! I LOVE Bookbinding University, and I think it’s so great. I just want to know if this is the last episode, because I’d like it to continue 🙂

    1. Hi Mindy! I am so happy that you love this series and want more! Lucky for you there are two more posts that will go up with week. Each post has a few more creative ideas for making the most of your handmade notebooks!

  4. Love your tutorials. I shall use your tips for binding my next watercolor journal. I made a watercolor journal because I never could find the proper size I wanted for my travel watercolor set. Thanks again for the great ideas.

  5. Thank you for this series. I have been thinking of yearbooks for my three year old grandson . Having blanks ready wil be a great idea. As nice as the shutterfly type books can be it will be nice to capture the action and I can glue it my collage pictures.
    Thank you again
    Gramma Betsy

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