Accordion Book for a Quickstart Manual

Canon 50d Pocket Guide, Accordion Bound

Canon 50d Pocket Guide, Accordion Bound

I put my Bookbinding I skills to work to create an accordion book for a quickstart manual for a used camera we recently picked up, the Canon EOS 50D.

I found the PDF online, but unfortunately it had a bunch of watermarks across it. Or did it..? Yes, I have Photoshop skills. No, I won’t use them to remove watermarks from legitimately-for-sale imagery. But to make password-protected-for-no-good-reason old product manuals look better? Sure.

I arranged the corrected pages so each page ended up 2.5″ x 3.5″, and I was able to get about half onto one standard letter-sized sheet of paper. I set them up so they would create a nice, thick two-paper-width page once folded. My measurements were perfect, and they lined up nicely. Attempting to glue them…not so clean. I really need to get the “50/50″ glue we used at the class since it’s more forgiving for repositioning. The basic school glue I used was not, so my perfect alignment ended up not-so-perfect…oh well.

In the true spirit of a first attempt from memory of something done in a class, I also mis-measured the paper for the cover. I forgot to take into account the thickness of the davey board used for the cover, so I realized the paper wouldn’t wrap far enough (~.25”) to cover the edges so the inner paper would be approximately the same size as the paper. Yes, these are the things I’m now aware of after a class about this. To “fix” this, I chopped of 3/16″ of the davey board for the covers. This would definitely not fly if I were making this to particular specs, but since I was making this just to work on its own, it’ll do! The rest came together a bit better: the glue didn’t warp the paper as much as I feared, the glue held, and I decided to favor cover alignment (so the front and back lined up) rather than paper alignment (since that was a bit off-kilter anyway).

I’ll just pretend there are no mistakes. Isn’t it lovely?

Folding the pages

Folding the pages

Joining the pages

Joining the pages

Aligning the covers

Aligning the covers

Glueing the paper edges

Glueing the paper edges

With end papers

With end papers

Completed book (closed)

Completed book (closed)

One Comment

  1. Bill Westerman 10 March 2016

    I love it! So cute!

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