I buy a standard white printing paper, size A4, which is a bit heavier than normal, 160 g per square meter, but still smooth and glossy, which I like. It is thick enough not to bleed through most pens, colours, and inks. They come in packs of 250 sheets, which will last me at least six months.
Then I use an awl, a cutting-board, a darning-needle, some heavy thread (I use a cotton crochet yarn for lace-work, because it´s the kind of thing I have lying around), a pair of scissors, tape, and punch pliers (not pictured). Here we go:
|Fold the sheets in half. I use eight in a book.|
|Punch six holes through the folding.|
|Thread the needle and start sewing from the outside.|
|Stitch back and forth and join on the outside, where you started.|
|Tie a tidy knot and cut the ends by about a centimeter.|
|Cover and fasten the seam on the outside with a nice looking tape.|
|I use two pieces that overlap. Don´t try to fix it if it goes wonky, |
it doesn´t matter much.
I don´t make a cover for each sketchbook, instead I use the same cover over and over again. These covers are sold in a number of stores selling stationary and such. I also have one that I got from the husband´s stash - something he picked up at some conference. I prefer it since it is rather sturdy, but it is of poor quality and will not last long, unfortunately.
|Just finished the sketchbook of the week.|
|Two punched holes and an elastic band makes a holder for the book.*|
|Two punched holes in the cover, and two in the pen case, an elastic|
to tie them together.
|Here I added the sketchbook. The elastic goes over the center fold.|
|And I close it snugly, with the pen case attached at all times.|
|I use this book for graphite drawings and put pages in made by |
oven paper to prevent smudging.
|Here is one that has two pockets and don´t need an added elastic.|
|I use this only with the fountain pen. Minimalist!|
|As the books are finished I just put them in a drawer. I plan on a fancy |
box when I see how much a year makes.
And that´s it. Simple, really. I have experimented some with putting pages of other colours in there, but I don´t like the texture of the coloured paper that is available. I really enjoy that glossy stuff! Perhaps it is because it gives me more control, I don´t know...
* If you are wondering about the coffee filter - they make a great substitute to blotting-paper. Also, you can sharpen your pencil over it and retain the litter in it.