DIY Year Planner
Intermediate | 38 min 23 sec
DIY Year Planner
Create Book Elements
Assembling Your Book
We all know a planner is a very personal thing – it will go with you everywhere for the next year, and it has to work for you. Why not learn how to make a customizable text block planner completely from scratch? Pro bookbinder, Faith Hale, makes it super easy, showing you every step of how to combine blank sheets, printable graph paper, calendar pages, or bullet-style pages for a layout that makes your day-to-day easier to organize. You’ll learn how to make a hardback case using chipboard and book cloth, and you’ll also pick up some foundational bookbinding terms and techniques along the way.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Book cloth (you can purchase premade book cloth or make your own as shown in Jodi Alexander's class)
  • Chipboard
  • Lightweight decorative paper for endpapers
  • Cutting mat and metal ruler
  • Ruler that measures 1/16 of an inch
  • Paper cutter (optional)
  • Clear gridded quilting ruler (optional)
  • 8 ½” x 11” copy paper (Faith uses 25 sheets for her text block)
  • PDF Calendar Printables (optional)
  • Fine tip scissors
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Utility knife
  • X-Acto knife or craft knife
  • Bone folder
  • PVA glue and glue brush
  • Glue stick
  • Scrap paper or newsprint
  • Binder or bulldog clips
  • Heavy books or MDF boards and wrapped bricks
  • Waxed paper 
Learn how to:
  • Make a stacked folio binding
  • Make a perfect bound book
  • Case in a book
  • Work with book cloth
  • Use a bone folder
  • Cut chipboard

What you'll get:
  • Instruction on how to make a professionally bound book and customize a year planner
  • 7 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list and PDF with 4 printable calendar designs
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from Faith Hale
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
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Christina Denz
Beautiful Project, and good explanations
January 11, 2023
nicole pourciau
provide links to amazon for resources and supplies
More than 3 months ago
Donna Murnane
Interesting. Can’t wait to make mine
More than 3 months ago