Oliver is a big Archie Comics fan: every week he and Catherine trek over to Lightning Bolt Comics and pickup a selection of whatever is new (and there’s a surprising variety of “new” in the Archie universe, even today).
Yesterday morning Oliver told me excitedly that he’d found Wikipedia entries for all of the Archie characters, and sensing a teachable moment, as well as a way of indulging my recent obsession, I resolved that Saturday’s father-and-son project would be to make an Archie character reference book.
Here’s how we did it.
Next, we loaded up OmniGraffle an excellent Mac application for creating things like book pages, set the page size (File | Page Setup) to “Index card 3x5 in.” and the page orientation to “Portrait.” We then laid out each page, dragging in the characters one by one and changing the text for their names.
We printed out each page on 3” by 5” index cards from Staples on the HP PSC 2355 inkjet printer in my office. Forty-five minutes later, we had a nice collection of characters ready for binding together into a book:
Next we stacked the cards together, in order of importance to the franchise (as selected by Oliver; Archie came first, and there was some discussion about whether Betty or Veronica should come next and it ultimately fell to me to pick Betty), spread some regular everyday white glue (Martha Stewart brand, only because it was the cheapest, purchased at Michaels) over the top edge and clamped the resulting stack to dry with binder clips:
We waited a few hours for the glue to dry and used the wait to go for lunch and to pop up to The Scrapbook Studio to buy some cover stock (they’re super-friendly there, and their prices for card stock are cheaper than Michaels).
Following the process outlined by Hamish MacDonald in his Perfect Binding episode of DIY Book we cut, scored and folded a piece of purple card stock around the stack of index cards, glued, and clamped again with binder clips to dry:
An hour later, we had a real book, ready for action: