I bought a Cricut Maker recently, so excited to do more things with it! The first thing I did was make a lettering cutout for the cover of a journal I’m making using Japanese bounding technique.
For the cover of the journal, I first designed the letters on the Procreate app on my iPad Pro, then used the Cricut Maker to make the cutout on a white card stock paper. I used a 8.5 x 11″ paper, made the cut with the Cricut, then folded the paper in half and inserted a regular light blue paper in between, that’s how the blue colored letters come about 🙂
How to make a Japanese bound book
#1. Create the lined paper
Take 25 sheets of regular 8.5×11″ blank paper and print out the lines on it with your printer. I used this grey lined pdf that I created to print the lines on the paper. After it’s printed out, cut the paper in half so the resulting size of the paper is 8.5×5.5″. So the total number of paper you would end up with is 50 sheets.
#2. Make the holes for binding
I am doing the 4-hole binding technique with a slight variation so I’ll need to measure out and mark 6 holes on the spine of the paper. I created a PDF with holes marked that you can just print it out, and the holes will be where you need it. After you’ve marked the holes, use the binder clips to hold the stack of paper together (including the front and back cover) and clip the sides of the paper so it doesn’t move. I put a strip of paper under the clips so that the clip doesn’t make any dents on your journal. Then use the awl to make the holes.
#3. Thread the holes together
Cut a thread length about 5.5 times the length of the journal spine, so for this it would be about 47″. Then use the needle and put the thread through, and make a knot at one end of the string. Now follow the instruction here to making the binding pattern.