This was my first attempt at making notebooks. So much fun & so easy!! Definately going to make some more
The cover of this one is made from scrapbooking card and the pages are made from scraps of paper I found around the house... envelopes, graph paper, diaries, etc. I love its randomness
In this pic you can see the plastic window on the envelope that looks through to the next page. I thought it was cute!
This pic shows the pattern on the inside of the cover - cute paisley print.
And this is the other note book I made. Good way of recycling raisin packets, huh?
It is held together by wrapping that papery cord stuff around a button
Let me know what you think. I've bought some eyelets, I'm planning on using them for my next note book... just have to figure out how!TUTORIAL
Here is a tutorial on how to make these notebooks as requested. The example I used in this tut is slightly different to the other two notebooks shown above but you can just play around with the general concept to create whatever you like Materials:
(NB. choose the size/amount of materials based on what size notebook you want)1.
Gather as many bits of scrap paper as you can find: envelopes, old diaries/note books etc.2.
Cut the bits of scrap paper down so that they are all the size that you want your pages.3.
Cut a front and back cover + spine out from the cardboard- approx 0.5cm larger than the pages.4.
Cut the fabric approx 0.5-1cm larger than the cardboard.. leave a small (2ml) gap between each of the covers and the spine. (NB the fabric is a single piece where as the card is 3 pieces-2 covers and spine)5.
Chop the corners off the piece of fabric & cover the 'wrong' side of the fabric with PVA glue.6.
Place the cardboard covers and spine onto the gluey piece of fabric. Make sure that there is a small (2ml) gap between the spine and the covers to allow for the notebook to open and close easier.7.
Fold the overhanging edges of the fabric over the cardboard and hold in place with paper clips until the glue dries.8.
Sew the button onto the front cover. 9.
Cut a piece of cardboard out that is smaller than the cover but large enough to conceal the folded edges of the fabric.10.
Cut a piece of cord/ribbon - ensure that it will be long enough to reach along the width of the pages + wrap a couple of times around the button and a bit extra. Place the cord in place on the inside of the black cover- just above where the centre of the button lies on the front cover.11.
Cover the 'wrong' side of the cardboard with PVA glue and place on the inside of the cover, ensuring that a decent amount of cord is secured underneath.
Secure with paper clips and allow glue to dry.12.
Spread PVA glue along the length of the spine (inside the cover) ensuring that you have spread it right to the edges of the spine. 13.
Gather up all of the pages and spread glue along the length of one side of the pages. Place the pages against the glue spread along the inside spine. You can also add some extra glue to the top and bottom of the inside edge of the pages. Allow to dry ensuring that the pages are being pressed into the glue on the inside spine.
Congratulations- your notebook is complete!!!