05. How to make a notebook for the project, what format and kind of paper?
It will be better to have a notebook folded into an accordion-pleat style. It’s necessary to attach a tough check cover with ties at the both sides. So, there is no fear that your thick album swell even more at end of the year.
You have a few options. At the beginning you can make a book-accordion (leporello) with 52 sheets and cover on sides. Or you can prepare 52 sheets of the same size and just glue every week a new worksheet. In that case, you always can cut out the wrong page and glue the new one. A cover can be made at the end of the year.
Book format is completely at your discretion. If you decide that you’re able to fulfill a page of a postcard size weekly, then your book will be about the A6. If you want to swing then your book could be A3 size. Your illustrations could be vertical or horizontal - it’s you business. The main thing is the desire to create!
Choice of the kind of paper for your notebook is completely dependent on technique. If you use acrylic or watercolor, it would be better to take dense small-grained watercolor paper (starting with 165g/m2). If you want to work in collage technique, it’s better not to use heavy paper because collages can be very large. If you like using of photograph and making your book in Photoshop, it’s better to print it on photo paper. More information about paper choice and quality you can find here (sorry, in Russian).
By the way, if your book will be made with embroidery pattern or drawing on canvas, feel free to roll it. Then you can well do without leporello.