In preparation for a trip that starts next week (more on that when it happens) I went a little crazy in the studio with small books with pages from an old college rule spiral notebook. It begged to be cut up & re-purposed. I prefer small structures.
These two are 7" X 4"
Here was my process.
Decide on a size, determined by papers I wanted to use for covers. Measure, cut, fold.
straight edges guides to hold papers or covers that need to stay put. What a frustration reducer!
A 2 signature five hole pamphlet stitch was my structure of choice. Create templates for the holes, punch signatures & cover, sew. Great tutorial on the sewing in the link above.
The fold in the spine is what allows two signatures to be sewn together in one pamphlet. A stronger structure that can accommodate lots more pages
Of course there has to be an index.
With the paper left over from cutting down the pages for the first books I went on to make smaller versions with a 3 hole stitch. Another great tutorial here with a few different design choices to create a 2 signature 3 hole book. She describes the spine of the 2 signature approach very well. 4" X 3 3/4" is the finished size.
I should be set for jotting down those random ideas for awhile.
My favorite Canson Mixed Media spiral bound journal will still come along on the trip for artful pursuits. I wouldn't leave home with out it. I'm on my 7th of these.