Bookbinding Basics: Making a Perfect Bound Notebook

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Bookbinding Basics: Making a Perfect Bound Notebook

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In Skillshare’s unique philosophy, everyone is a teacher, and everyone is a learner. Rather than a traditional lecture format, courses are offered within a global online learning community in which learners collaborate and learn by doing. Instructors are industry leaders who share their skills with anyone who wants to learn. No credits are offered. Founded by online entrepreneurs Michael Karnjanaprakorn and Malcolm Ong, Skillshare’s online “campus” was launched in April 2011. Its catalog has grown from 15 to more than 250 online courses that cover creative arts, entrepreneurship, branding and marketing, lifestyle and technology. The School of MakeOurMark, with courses in photography, illustration and tattooing, was launched in October 2013, and the School of Design went live the following month. Among the instructors who have taught courses are Seth Godin, founder of online marketing firm Yoyodyne, who teaches a class on entrepreneurship; DJ Young Guru, who leads a course on mixing and recording; and actor, writer and director James Franco, whose course focuses on screenwriting for short films. You can begin a Skillshare collaboration by taking an introductory course in a particular area to learn, for example, the fundamentals of Photoshop and expand your knowledge with a five-part, in-depth Photoshop series.

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Course Description

Learn the art of book binding! In this online class we will learn the techniques and process of making a one-of-a-kind handmade notebook. The course will cover the nitty-gritty details of taking raw materials and forming them into a functional book, as well as covering tips on craftsmanship and production.

Making Perfect Bound books is a great way to enter the world of book binding because, compared to stitching methods, a Perfect Bound book requires less material, unique tools, and can be completed between 30 minutes and an hour. Crafting Perfect Bound books is an excellent way to make gifts for friends, for personal use, and even to start a business!

Why Book Binding?

So, you're probably thinking book binding sounds like an unusual hobby. Well, you're right! After all, we live in an industrial society where every item we use is mass produced; and while a handmade has become a novelty, most peop...

Learn the art of book binding! In this online class we will learn the techniques and process of making a one-of-a-kind handmade notebook. The course will cover the nitty-gritty details of taking raw materials and forming them into a functional book, as well as covering tips on craftsmanship and production.

Making Perfect Bound books is a great way to enter the world of book binding because, compared to stitching methods, a Perfect Bound book requires less material, unique tools, and can be completed between 30 minutes and an hour. Crafting Perfect Bound books is an excellent way to make gifts for friends, for personal use, and even to start a business!

Why Book Binding?

So, you're probably thinking book binding sounds like an unusual hobby. Well, you're right! After all, we live in an industrial society where every item we use is mass produced; and while a handmade has become a novelty, most people would never consider making their own books. That's why I want to invite you to join the cool kids! This class is for anyone with a sense of adventure and lover of learning. I will teach you the skills to create excellent quality Perfect Bound books, become better craftsman, and have fun along the way.

Next Steps!

I have been making and selling books for years, producing a variety of binding styles, but Perfect Bound books are my bread and butter. I want to share my expertise with you, and hopefully have fun too! I want to make the course easily accessible to all, and just as easy to recoup the cost (and more) when you venture to sell your first book!

What You Will Learn

  • Materials & Tools. We will cover materials and tools needed, where to find them, and brands and tips to keep an eye out for.
  • Process. We will cover the step-by-step instructions of making a handmade perfect bound notebook.
  • Tips & Tricks. Throughout the class we will talk about tips to improve craft, work more efficiently, use our tools better, and be awesome!
  • Ideas & Alternatives. We will discuss alternative ways to make books, materials to use, and how to make things new and exciting.

Materials We Will Need

We will need to gather some materials to produce a book. Below you will see a general list of the materials, we will cover the material list in more detail at the beginning of the class.

  • Cardstock Paper
  • Chipboard
  • Glue
  • Decorative Papers
  • Duct Tape or Masking Tape
  • Double-Sided Tape Roller
  • X-Acto Knife & Blades
  • Metal Ruler
  • Pencil

What People Are Saying

great class! very clear and simple. I've worked with other binding techniques, but this one is faster, uses less materials.. and the end result is just as good. Thanks! –Jose Stramucci

Caleb's instructional videos are easy to follow and he shares great tips along the way. I also notice that he's been answering a lot of the student questions, which I think is just great. I found it helpful printing out his "Handmade Perfect Bound Notebook" png and taking/adding notes to it as I watched the videos. –Alexis Trono

A nice, quick and easy introduction to making perfect bound notebooks. –Anders Kvist

If you're not a crafty person don't let it get in the way of taking this course! I am horrible at crafty things but with Caleb's excellent instruction, insightful tips, and excellent course pace, even I was able to build this awesome notebook that I am fiercely proud of. The value is also amazing. Caleb provides a lot of cool tips that can be used in ways other then book binding. I was shocked when I learned I had been folding paper wrong my whole life. I'm glad I took this course and look forward to more classes ( Advanced book binding please!) Joshua Hodges

I really enjoyed this class very much. Caleb offers a class that's easy to understand, he explains all the steps one at a time - you sit there with a pile of paper and within a few hours you have made a book out of it! The tools you'll need are simple things and Caleb gives you a detailed list in the beginning of the class (makes shopping for these items really easy). I would definitely recommend this class, it's real fun! –Pamela Kultscher

Featured Student Project

Earthbound Notebooks by Wesley Johnson

An excellent set of books, crafted and illustrated by Wesley Johnson. The set revolves around his favorite SNES game Earthbound.

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Jose Stramucci

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6 years, 2 months ago
great class! very clear and simple. I've worked with other binding techniques, but this one is faster, uses less materials.. and the end result is just as good. Thanks!
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A nice, quick and easy introduction to making perfect bound notebooks.
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Alexis Trono

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6 years, 2 months ago
Caleb's instructional videos are easy to follow and he shares great tips along the way. I also notice that he's been answering a lot of the student questions, which I think is just great. I found it helpful printing out his "Handmade Perfect Bound Notebook" png and taking/adding notes to it as I watched the videos.
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6 years, 2 months ago
Very thorough and love the recycled materials that one can use for the cover.
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Melissa Taylor-Gates

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6 years, 2 months ago
This was a very cool class. There are lots of ways to bind a book, and this course only covers one of them. It was simple to follow, well explained and gave a lot of room for growth beyond the course material. I can see using what I have learned in this class for years to come. And I think the end product looks gorgeous! Thanks Caleb!
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Joshua Hodges

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6 years, 2 months ago
If you're not a crafty person don't let it get in the way of taking this course! I am horrible at crafty things but with Caleb's excellent instruction, insightful tips, and excellent course pace, even I was able to build this awesome notebook that I am fiercely proud of. The value is also amazing. Caleb provides a lot of cool tips that can be used in ways other then book binding. I was shocked when I learned I had been folding paper wrong my whole life. I'm glad I took this course and look forward to more classes ( Advanced book binding please!)
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George Mercer

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6 years, 2 months ago
I liked the class a lot. It was easy to follow along and understand the steps to make a book. I've never heard of bookbinding or thought about it before, but glad I tried it out. I think I will make more books to use day to day, and maybe try to sell some. Definitely recommend the class to anyone, whether you would normally consider something like bookbinding or not.
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Rebekah Schroeder

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6 years, 2 months ago
Caleb offers in-depth, easy to follow steps to create your perfect, customized book. He includes helpful tips along the way so that even a beginner could create a great quality book and those with more experience can perfect their craft. I recommend this class for anyone who enjoys creating unique, handmade items!
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Pamela Kultscher

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6 years, 2 months ago
I really enjoyed this class very much. Caleb offers a class that's easy to understand, he explains all the steps one at a time - you sit there with a pile of paper and within a few hours you have made a book out of it! The tools you'll need are simple things and Caleb gives you a detailed list in the beginning of the class (makes shopping for these items really easy). I would definitely recommend this class, it's real fun!
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6 years, 2 months ago
Caleb knows what he's doing, and has clearly had a lot of experience making this particular item. He covers all the basics in this class, and even provides quite a bit of extra insight into the process along the way. Anyone that has even a remote desire to create great, quality handmade books should check this out. It's succinct, detailed, and will have you crafting your own books in no time!
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