Japanese Stab-Bound Book-Making!

Last week, I attended the Audubon Camp’s Educator’s Week at Hog Island in Bremen, Maine where my husband and I met tons of educators and spent days immersing in nature. It was truly a memorable experience as the staff was tremendously knowledgeable, dedicated, and extremely fun to be with! I’ll definitely share more in the next couple of entries.

At this camp, I had the privilege of being with Sherrie York, an incredible artist as well as an illustrator of Audubon Adventures. We hiked together and she shared some great resources I can use in the classroom, but one of the greatest parts was participating in her book making workshop. Though my pictures and directions are far from being perfect, I just had to share some of the photos of the steps we took to make a Japanese stab-bound book! The directions were very detailed, so if you are interested in making it, please feel free to message me for specific directions!image

First you need 2 cover spines, 2 cover boards, drawing paper, 2 cover papers, 2 inside cover papers, glue (Apparently, the “YES” glue won’t buckle or cause bubbles when you’re gluing so it’s perfect for this), scissors, needles, thin ribbon, binder clips, rulers, pencils and a drill.

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Glue the cover boards onto your cover papers (scrapbook paper).  Do this twice so that you have a front and a back cover.

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Then glue the inside cover paper onto the cover board, leaving enough room to still fold the spine.

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Put your drawing papers in between the cover boards. Then binder clip each side so everything stays in place.

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Yes! This is proof that I did indeed drill my own book 🙂  Drill holes every ½ inch along the spine.

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Use thin ribbon or embroidery floss to bind the book.

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Ta-daaaa!  I absolutely loved this tree scrapbook paper and couldn’t resist picking it! Now the hard part…. what to use this book for!

A huge thanks to Sherry for this wonderful resource. I look forward to adapting it so my 2nd graders will be able to make one!

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