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PlumCrafty
« on: May 06, 2007 06:15:22 AM »

Hi everyone

I've found instructions for these little notebooks in the book Making Stuff, they call them Hipster PDAs. I thought they were a great way of using up all my small bits of textured wallpaper I had lying around. I hope you like them and appreciate any feedback.

This is the blue mosaic one and the red circle one - unfortunately I accidentally scratched the cover of the red one when I was screwing in the chicago screw:


The covers are in the wallpaper and I used blank index cards in the middle. The separators are bits of clear coloured plastic appropriated from old document holders etc.


And this is close up of the corner:


I've bought some really funky purple textured paper so I am doing one for a friend now with a matching photo album. Wish me luck!
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2007 07:25:47 AM »

These are neat! How big are they? Did you just use full size index cards (so the size is 3 X 5) or did you cut them down? And do you have a group of pages separated by the colored dividers, or does each page have to be separated for some reason?

And what's a Chicago screw (and where do I find one?)

These would make great little stocking stuffers (always thinking ahead  Wink )!
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2007 12:35:42 PM »

Thanks, craftADDchick, I thought they would be great pressies for all my female relations/friends for b'days and chrissie too! Cheesy

You can make the HPDAs any size you want, my index cards are the 3"x5" variety and I put half a pack of blanks in (3 sections of 16 each). You don't need the dividers, I thought they would add a little interest. Another idea is to use different colours cards, either as sections of just in a rainbow effect (my local stationers only stock ruled coloured cards and I prefer blank cards to ruled).

I used index cards but if you want you could also make a hipster pocket sketch book (HPSB?). Using an A5 watercolour cartridge pad, chopped it in half to A6 size and put some rice paper in between sheets so pastels/charcoal won't rub off on the other piece of cartridge.

Chicago screws (also called interscrews and binding screws) are the "body/girl" screws you can get from machinists and book binders. I found some on ebay. They came in packs of 100 but come in useful for all sorts of projects. I recommend you get a minimium of 16mm as these HPDAs can get quite thick. Get the best quality you can afford, as they come in brass, nickel, aluminium, brass plated and nickel plated.

Hope this helps! Grin



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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2007 01:44:09 PM »

Thanks for the added info! And, I like the idea of the HPSB  Cheesy My sister is an artist and I could make a little travel sketch book for her...

Thanks for the tips on the Chicago screws, too. I'll have to see what I can find.

When I make some, I'll post pics!
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2007 06:43:22 AM »

No worries, I look forward to seeing your HPSBs! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2007 06:58:13 PM »

I think this is the best!  I love the idea of the blank index cards, and the dividers.   I was thinking it would make a great mini scrapbook too...    I love your use of wallpaper scraps.  they look great.  Thanks for all the info you provided.  I am going to have to give this a try
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2007 07:26:45 PM »

I really like the different paper you used. Esp. the blue textured one.
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2007 07:30:45 PM »

usually, you can get chicago screws at home depot. Sometimes they are a little hard to track down (I find the screw aisle hard to navigate, with a million spinning racks and row upon row of drawers).


I really like these, by the way...I should make some with all my leftover chicago screws from my portfolio and artist books class
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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2007 10:21:49 PM »

PlumCrafty....those are brilliant!!!!!

I have a box filled with small pieces of textured wallpaper just waiting for projects...this just may be it!

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PlumCrafty
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2007 03:14:45 PM »

Thanks for all your encouragement, everyone. I'm certainly going to make more as I promised my great aunt I would donate some for her local church fete, so hopefully I will have some pics soon.

BTW, the wallpaper is by Graham & Brown, an English decorating company who used to advertise by placing samples in home magazines. I knew they would come in handy one day! Cheesy

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