Jul 232014

It’s so easy to procrastinate when it comes to new designs or products. Recently a buyer asked me if I sell handmade address books—not the first time I’ve been asked this question. This time, however, the question was followed up with an order, and I finally designed the book.


I often use recycled chipboard for my books from old three-ring binders you’d normally throw out, but I forgot how thick that chipboard is. This affects the type of punched holes I use for the spiral binding. My Zutter Bind-it-All punches rectangular holes, while my We R Memory Keepers The Cinch™ punches round holes. If you’ve ever wondered which punch-and-bind machine is better, it really depends on what you’re binding and how much flexibility you need. The Bind-it-All definitely handles thicker materials better than The Cinch™, and it’s more portable, too. However, if you need to punch more than six holes, it’s fussier to use. The Cinch™, on the other hand, is extremely flexible. You can vary the spacing of your holes with a simple flip of a lever. Because the chipboard I used for my address book was so thick, I had to use the Bind-it-All.


Whenever you design a book with printed pages, it seems to be easier to size the pages first, and then calculate the cover size needed. I had to allow for a little more cover space on one side of my pages because the book has alphabetical tabbed sections.


It was fun designing the address book for my buyer, who is gifting a friend with it. Although you can purchase an address book in any office supply store, there’s something special about a handmade one destined to become a keepsake. And that, of course, is the general idea!

Address Book Collage

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