A thin metal
straight-edge ruler. Make fold lines by pressing against
edge of the ruler.
Good cutting mat
white craft glue that dries clear
A glue stick
Small piece of
aluminum foil to use as a glue pot
paint brush to apply glue
Black binder clip
Cut out the four long page strips. Fan fold all page
strips taking care that the raw edges line up
perfectly. Note the direction of the fold to start
with at the beginning of the ‘end board.’ Also check
the ending fold for the final ‘end board.’
Use a glue stick and carefully add a layer of glue
to the back side of the first strip. Make sure to
reach the edges of the strip. DO NOT PAINT GLUE TO
BACKS OF THE ‘END BOARDS’ that are located at each
end of a strip. This is the only step that requires
the use of the glue stick.
One-by-one, press the blank sides of the pages
together. Be careful to align the raw edges of the
pages as perfectly as possible. Note that the ‘end
boards’ are not included in the gluing. Repeat for
the other three strips.
4. Clip the four
stacked strips of pages together with the black
office clip. You might want to place a folded bit of
cardboard under the pinch of the black clip to avoid
denting the pages. Paint a generous layer of glue to
the spine side of the page edges. Allow to dry
5. Move now to the
book's cover. Carefully tape the pattern to the
inside of the leatherette piece. In this photo
clear, wide packing tape is used and everything is
taped down onto the cutting mat. Cut out the cover
piece and include the notches at either side of the
6. Take the cover’s
interfacing/lining panel and position it to the
exact center of the inside of the leatherette piece
to ensure that the size is correct. Now paint the
inside of the leatherette cover with a coat of glue
and place the lining panel on the glue.
7. Pieces are made to
fit perfectly together, but if there is a
positioning problem gaps at the corners may occur.
Use a sharp-point, felt-tip pen in a matching color
to cover exposed white interfacing.
8. Fold at the lines
that designate where the spine will be. Check the
positioning of the stack of pages and end boards.
9. Paint glue to the
blank side of the ‘end boards’ and the spine. Yes,
spine is coated a second time.
10. Position the unit
carefully on the inside of the book cover. Flatten
11. Paint glue to the
cover’s art panel and carefully position it as shown
in the photo.
12. To accurately
position the dust jacket, firmly hold the printed
spine area of the dust jacket right over the spine
area of the book. Slip the front flap inside the
cover and then crease along the book’s edge. Repeat
for the back flap.