The cover of this perfect-bound notebook is made from the side panel of a carton of beer from the Grand Canyon Brewing Company, based in Williams, AZ. It's a fairly lightweight chipboard so I backed it with sturdy, metallic-finish card stock. The panel is a piece of white chip board also bonded to some of the metallic card stock. This makes the covers slightly sturdier than a commercial notebook cover.
The book block is made from tan text weight paper stacked and trimmed to size. Then the entire cut end is glued together with padding compound, a glue developed especially for perfect bindings like notepads and magazines. The block is attached to the covers with black duct tape, which then also creates the spine.
I've never really watched anybody do this kind of perfect binding, so I'm pretty much winging it. and I have a feeling I'm leaving some crucial step out or doing something else wrong. The book seems fine, but I'm worried that it would not stand up to use. I need to see a tutorial or watch someone who knows what they're doing make this book. Then I'll have it.