If anyone is interested I will be having a book binding demo at my place in Montrose on Sunday (aug 8) from 12-4pm. I will talk about materials and go through three different types of binds: saddle stitch, Japanese stab stitch, and perfect bind. The cost is $25.
If you have questions or anything you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a while now I've been binding my own sketchbooks mainly because I get to choose the and experiment with different types of paper, and also because it is way cheaper than buying it from the store. There is also a satisfaction in designing the book itself. My favorite combo so far has been a dual tone sketchbook with half of it being toned paper and the other half being white. Sometimes you get tired of drawing on one or the other so you can just switch at any time!