A question was posed by one of our readers regarding what kind of paper to use in bookbinding, thus inspiring this posting!
I have been experimenting with different "innards" for my journals, most recently working on a journal for myself with a mix of sketch paper and watercolor paper.
What type of paper you use to fill your journal depends on the intended use. For my journal, I wanted something I could sketch and draw in, but also use watercolor paints so I alternated the papers.
If you're making a journal to sell, think about your target market, considering the price your buyer would be willing to pay. That may determine what type of paper you use. For example, if your target sales price is $10, it wouldn't make sense to purchase a ready made text block or use high quality watercolor paper exclusively. Likewise, if you're making a high quality journal, a buyer would expect a nice weight of paper inside.
Here are some choices for the insides of your journal:
You can make your own text block or purchase a ready made one from a supplier, a few of which are listed here.
The Paper Source
90 lb works good for covering the book board as it isn't quite as bulky on the corners. Inside you can include a range of weights, 90 lb and up, or one weight exclusively.
I wouldn't recommend anything lower than 60 lb.
50 lb or less tends to be too thin, and also tears easily when sewing.
Is a loose term for anything ranging from copy paper, writing paper, or lightweight sketch paper.
This is by no means an all inclusive article on text blocks and as always, I welcome your comments. Thanks for your informative responses on our previous postings and I look forward to learning more on this subject from you!