I would like to coin, here and now, a new phrase. Born of my love of jumbling words and making books, my I introduce to you: hackbooking. What is hackbooking you say? Hackbooking is the process of borrowing from tools from the wide world of scrapbooking and pressing them into the service of bookbinding.
So why hackbooking? I enjoy making books, and while I’d LOVE to have thousands of dollars to throw at everything Talas has to offer, at the end of the day for a hobby binder it’s a game of “make do.” And what better way to make do than to borrow from the wide world of products that scrapbooking has created? Sure, I’ll be skipping the aisles of cutesy appliqués and layout templates, but a tool made to set cute little eyelets in paper? Hack it, now it’s a cool tool for setting eyelets in your board before binding a Coptic stitch. Lovely 12x12 paper page meant as a meaningful setting for pictures of your best friend’s wedding? Hack it, now it’s a beautiful endpaper for your own handmade wedding guest book. Don’t even get me started on the organizational goodies- the possibilities are endless! I’ll profess my love here and now for the “Crop-a-dial” eyelet setter and snap punch (which makes many of my upcycled books possible). Also new to me thanks to a student (thanks Laura!) but soon to enter my arsenal is the Paper Shaper corner rounder punch (great for cleaning up the edges on your book). So join the revolution (that was, um, already happening- but now it has a name!) what are your favorite hackbooking tools?