I've moved on...
...to a different domain. Why, what were you thinking? The truth is, I just woke up one day and decided it's time for a change—a metamorphosis, if you will; or, in layman's terms, if Britney can shave her head, then maybe so can I? Nevertheless, it's been a rather handsome 10 years of talking to you, and thank you for putting up with all my moodswings and terrible dad jokes. Fear not! The hormonal imbalance and jokes are more terrible on CUBICLE, see you there.


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In collaboration with CollectPlus, who kindly helped produce this video!

Two things I learned from my graphic design degree at CSM: how to write a thousand words between Liverpool Street and Holborn, and how the triangle shape can be so fresh and so friggin’ hipster at the same time. Bookbinding, sadly was one of the workshops that I managed to put off as acting Admiral Webdesign sitting on my high-horse that only insisted on pulling the Live Online broadband-a-wagon. I thought all I needed was a Wacom tablet and a keen eye for pixels, and my hands would ever be clean of ink or glue. But in my first year, I met Ellen – a fellow flâneurfor those who remember – a deft hand in all things hand-crafted, and a keen collector of rare paper and sketchbooks.

Over one bleary-eyed all-nighter at her house, she effortlessly demonstrated how to bind a book while fixing a midnight snack, and I’ve been putting some easy tools to good use and making my own sketchbooks ever since. Granted of course, I had filled most of mine with wireframing scribbles, hex codes and the occasional existential babble of a 22-year-old, but some of those notebooks I remember using until the book tape wore off. So, here’s a tutorial on bookbinding, as quick and simple as Ellen first taught me. I partnered up with CollectPlus, a nifty service I use and abuse often – especially when I rock up to the nearest corner shop looking like a hot mess with not a smear of make-up on and smelling of cheesy Dorito’s, demanding for my box of stationery. I wish I could’ve gotten Ellen herself to explain things better, but you’ll have to do with me for now; she’s currently illustrating a book on Autism, while I’m picking my nose making fart jokes (aka fashion-girl noise like ‘omg shoes‘).

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  1. Is there another link for the video? For some reason it’s not working when I try to press play :/

  2. Never mind, just found it. Thanks!

  3. oh my goodness! This is such a good idea. I recently started my own business and have been toying with the idea of giving newly signed clients a notebook, pen and some other things. I would love to make the notebook myself as it would be a nice touch. x

  4. Dora

    video link not working . . :/

  5. The video works fine here! Great diy – will try this soon!

  6. that looks so much easier than i thought it would have been. def gotta try this out now!



  7. Thanks for sharing this! I’ll definitely be doing this very soon!

  8. Great share! :)

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  9. So good. Love these types of post Shini! Keep it up ~



  10. What a lovely informative video. Loving your content Shini ;)

  11. That is almost too easy (!) not to give it a try :)
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  12. Great tip! We didn’t think it would be this easy.
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  13. OMG shoes!
    What a simple but handy tutorial! <3

  14. You make it seem so easy! I think I’m gonna try binding my own notebook! thanks!

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  16. easy & simple!
    I will definitely try this.

  17. A very interesting article !

    Have a nice day

  18. Gabriella

    Oh, I have to try this!

  19. Emmajane

    I love little diy projects like this, so much fun! X

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  20. I could so easily get obsessed with bookbinding!

  21. Love notebooks, I’ve finished tones of them sketching and taking notes! The feeling is even better when it’s yours too!

  22. Great idea there, Shini. And, I finally get to hear u speak.

  23. Stella

    really useful video