My boyfriend and I are getting Married in a year, and I wanted to make something to keep all my wedding planning.... so one thing lead to another and I made this lovely binder!!
spine (and the two sides)
3 rings will rule them all!
and inside with paper!!!!!
NOW FOR THE TUTE!! This is my first time making a tute... be nice please!
2 record sleeves
clear packing tape
old 3 ring binder
Scissors, paper cutter, exacto knife or other sharp object
other items that might be handy:
extra strength glue
an extra record sleeve
First take 2 record sleeves and cut around the edges, or in some cases
all you need to do is tear, to take the sleeve apart. You should be
left with 2 separate pieces per record sleeve for a total of 4 pieces.
(or 6 if you added another sleeve to the mix... you'll know why in a
Cut the front two covers to a decent folder size. Mine measured to be
9 1/2" X 12". I didn't actually measure them out to be this way, but
it was actually quite perfect. You can make yours to be whatever
rectangle length you want, just make sure that if it's to be holding
notebook paper that it is larger than a regular sheet of paper (which
is 8 1/2" X 11").
Next cut the two back sides of the record sleeves which will be the
back sides of the cover. Cut them to be 9" X 11 1/2" inches. You could
probably do it 9" X 12", but the smaller size works better in my
opinion to attach it to the front cover. If you do it 9" X 12", make
sure you have some glue handy. Whatever you do, DO NOT make them the
same exact size as the front covers. The notebook will not shut this
Now, cut a spine for your notebook to be 2" X 12" using scrap
material. I suggested the extra sleeve for this purpose. If you're
picky about how the final product will look, like I am, you'll want to
consider an extra sleeve. If you're not, then scrap away!!
Set aside the two record sleeve back covers for the notebook. Take the
remaining three pieces and cover the back cardboard side in 1-2 layers
of duct tape. The duct tape gives the cover some added support and
makes attaching some of the other steps a bit easier. When you get
finished doing that, you may then attach the two sides to the spine of
your notebook. Basically, lay all 3 sides face down on a flat surface
and use duct tape to tape the seams. Don't be worried about seeing the
duct tape when you open it right now. You shouldn't be able to when
we're all finished.
Now to get destructive...
Take an old 3 ring binder and cut the 3 ring part of it off from the
folder sides. Usually it's attached to some kind of cardboard, LEAVE
THIS ATTACHED. Now I'm sure you're wondering how the heck it's going
to get re-attached to your new folder in all it's record sleeve glory.
Well kids... the solution is simple.... DUCT TAPE!!!!
Now remember that glue I mentioned might be handy? Well... IF you
want, you can be lazy and just glue the damn thing onto it... but
really I think the duct tape method is best... or a glue + duct tape
Anyhow... find the spine of your notebook, and position the 3 ring
thing on it. You might want to trim the cardboard it's attached to
now, and make sure you've got equal space from the bottom and top of
the spine. Now... duct tape it. I'm sure there is no right or wrong
way of duct taping it to the notebook, just make sure you have it
secured nicely. I went across it, and left some space around the rings
so that they'll be able to close correctly, and then helped secure it
with some tape running lengthwise on both sides of the 3 ring thingy.
This was actually the must frustrating part of it all.... so take your
time, be patient, and do whatever seems to work for you.
After you get your 3 ring thing attached, YOU'RE ALMOST COMPLETE!
Take those lovely two sides that you put aside and position them on to
the back of the covers. you'll want to make sure that the sides are
NOT flushed to the 3 rings. It will not close properly this way. If
you cut it smaller like I did, only one side would be flushed to
another side.. but if you did it the other way, 3 sides should be
flushed to all 3 sides EXCEPT where the 3 rings are.
NOW whip out that Clear packing tape and tape those back sides! You
can also glue them, but you'll want to continue with the clear packing
tape around the rest of the notebook to "seal" it, and also make sure
it stays together. On the front side of the notebook, when you tape up
the other side of the seam, it should hide the duct tape that might've
been viable from the other side. It'll also make it a teensy bit
difficult to close at first, but it all works out in the end.
Note: If you used any kind of glue on this project.. PLEASE make sure
the glue dries BEFORE taping it up. Otherwise... it practically never
will and will ruin your project. And also, be careful with the tape..
once it's down on the front covers, it's not coming back up without
tearing the pretty pictures. Make sure to lay it down as neatly as
possible for better results. OH, and another tip, use the handle of
some scissors to smooth out any air bubbles in the tape to give your
covers a more polished look.
And, if you have any questions.. please ask me as I'm sure I might've
missed something when explaining the how-to or written something in a