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Episode 102 - A Fine Romance
Host Book
Soft Cover 2 hole notebook - 10 pages

  • 10 pieces of paper (5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches) - Beverley Rellin uses fine Japanese papers, but any type will do
  • 2 pieces of thicker stock paper cut to same size as above, preferably with a deckle or ragged edge
  • 2 “fly sheets” - lighter paper such as vellum (optional) same size as above
  • 2 bull dog clips
  • 1 single hole punch
  • Straight edge

Hold the paper with the bull dog clips and mark out where you want your holes to be. They should be placed symmetrically, but their distance from the edge of the paper isn’t important. Punch them out with the hole punch.

Using one page as a pattern for the covers, keep the paper together with the clips and put aside for now.

Using one page as a template, cut the cover paper to size, adding one inch to the spine end of the covers (this is if you are not using pre-cut paper). With a straight edge, fold the 1 inch extra back into the inside and punch two holes that are in the same positions as the paper text. Cut the fly sheets (optional) exactly to size with your pattern page and punch its holes. Beverley finds it easier if the fly sheet is lightly glued to the front and back pages.

Now that you have all of your pieces cut, put the book together, lining up the holes. Hold the whole thing together with the bull dog clips and prepare to bind your book.

You can hinge the front cover which will make it easier to open and close. To do this simply take a butter knife and using the dull edge run a straight line an inch from the folded edge of the cover, the same distance of the fold back.

Then, when all of the papers are together, take your stationer’s bolts, place them into the holes and secure them. There you go, your own host book!