Permanently binding Circa pages

So I was thinking... What if you "sewed" a bunch of Circa-punched pages together -- weaving the thread in and out of the smurf holes without any slack, so the thread doesn't come out the slits -- then applied a bunch of glue to the edges of a stack of the sewn booklets and glued them into a cover?

I'd really like to permanently bind some of my Circa journal pages together, and this seems like it ought to work. Comments?

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My only though...

...just reading your description, is that turning pages might be a bit difficult. Are your inside margins close to the smurfs? If so, you might have trouble reading there, and don't even try scanning or xeroxing these books.... But other than than, it seems sturdy enough, just basing on your description.

Makes sense

but I agree with Jon. For any kind of permanent archiving, you would not be able to use the originals unless you allowed sufficient margin for the re-binding.

I had a brief brainstorm (more like a drizzle) involving covering the smurfs with tape or paper and glue, but that would get messy and expensive real quick.
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glue binding

Actually--and I'm just guessing here, it's possible that just gluing the edge would work well enough.

However, with the smurfs, etc. you would want to be extra careful that glue didn't get between the sheets. The best way to do this is to really clamp the paper very tightly before you glue.

Fortunately, this is a simple thing to do. Just get yourself a bit of one-by-four wood (two pieces), drill holes through both just far enough apart to fit your paper (probably better to drill a few holes, probably on 1 inch centers--so that you can move the screw clamps), and use bolts and washers, together with wing nuts for cranking everything down tightly. The simplest way to get this all to work is to jog all your paper and make it nice and even on the back binding, where you will glue, stand it up, and drop the two pieces of wood down on either side of it, and clamp it all together, so that the wood is flush with the edge you want to glue. Once it's tight, glue it all together. Be liberal with the glue, and binding glue would be best, but Elmer's should do in a pinch. You can get fancy with a cover, etc at that point. I think you can leave out the stitching step, especially if you won't be flipping through them a lot.


Japanese binding

I think a Japanese binding would work. Just have a narrow spine and make sure the thread is snug. I've seen some with a small decorative paper cover only over the spine that would hide the smurfings.

Here's a pic of what I'm talking about:

Japanese binding with spine cover

A tip I learned the hard way: If you decide to use covered boards (and not something flexible like paper), there needs to be a gap between the spine and the cover that allows you to fold the cover open. You also need to do this for the back cover if you want to access the back pages. I used linen tape to connect the spine to the cover (with about an 1/8" gap) before covering the whole.

Cut them off

Perhaps you could use a wide margin on your circa pages. Then you could cut off the smurf holes and get the pages you want bound either wire bound or heat bound.