CHAPTER 6The Best Things in Bookbinding Are Free

Few things trump getting bookbinding supplies at zero cost. A keen eye, some ingenuity, and a little gentle persuasion are all it takes to come up with terrific materials that don’t require a cent.

Consider gift cards—once the balance reaches zero, turn the small plastic rectangles into pocket-size books good for jotting notes. Or create mini journals from heavyweight glossy postcards, flyers, or brochures.

When freebies require a solicitation, politeness is always the rule of the game. Ask nicely for a couple of extra coasters from the bartender or waitress and he or she will likely oblige. Square coasters can be used to make up quick books in a number of binding styles, such as accordion and ...

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