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« on: September 11, 2010 11:27:42 PM »

First, a picture of both projects together...



So I needed a three ring notebook to fit a bunch of papers and stuff that are a bit smaller than normal paper but too big for the smaller 6 ring binders.  I decided to take matters into my own hands and make something myself when the stack got so high it fell across the living room floor and the hubster glared at me. I didn't want to spend any money either.  Here's what I came up with:











I did take in-progress pics, but they disappeared somewhere and I can't find them, so sorry about that!  What I did though was take a cereal box and cut the front and back of it to an inch bigger all around than the papers I wanted to store.  Then I took the side panel of the cereal box, trimmed it down to the same length but left it pretty wide so that my binding rings would fit through there.  (I think they are 1" rings.  I needed enough space for them.)  I covered the cereal box panels with scrapbook paper to hold them all together, overlapping the papers for added strength along the spine.  Next, I figured out where I wanted my three holes to be on the papers.  I marked the spine (the side panel of the cereal box that was now covered with my pretty papers) and punched two holes at each measurement for the binding rings to fit through.  And then, I was done!  You'd never know this started life as a cereal box.  Makes me happy.

I know my directions are terrible.  If anyone wants any details please feel free to ask questions and I will answer them to the best of my ability.  I am better at answering direct questions than at writing tutorials!!   Cheesy

Okay, the second project is a lot easier to explain.  I wanted something that I could carry around in my car and bag, so it had to be sturdy enough to survive being bounced around.  I also wanted a really simple way to add in and take out papers and I have a ton of those little bull dog (I think that's what they are called?) clips that were just taking up space in my desk.  So, I stripped an old hard cover book and recovered it, inside and outside, in more scrapbook paper.  My daughter picked out the covers, I was not in love with them and still am not, but flowers are okay.  The inside is the part I look at the most when I'm drawing and stuff so I'm happy enough.  More pics:


The back side.  The front is the fruit blossom page in that first picture, I just realized that's the only decent picture of the front that I got.



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The naked inside!


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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2010 06:57:15 AM »

I like the little notebook with the clip.  What a great idea.  --c
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2010 10:18:15 AM »

Really like the 3 ring notebook!
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2010 03:25:15 PM »

Thanks guys!  I use them both all the time, a lot more than I even thought I would, so I'm glad I took the time to make 'em. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2010 04:33:41 PM »

  Bethie: I think those are both fun ideas, and good use of materials. I also wanted to say I watched your tute on your video channel! I'm going to try making one of those matchbook-type albums. Perfect gifts for some people I have in mind! I'm going to try it soon.
Thanks for the idea!
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2010 07:39:54 PM »

I'm so glad you watched it KL, makes me happy to know someone besides my family is watching, lol.  Hope it helps, and you guys have given me so many incredible ideas that I am really glad I can give some of you one now and then too Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2010 09:41:54 PM »

Bethie: you are really making me think about getting serious about my "Blog".. Put it up, but don't really do anything with it. I wish I could get a web-cam! Is that thing set up on a hat? I was really suprised to find the thing, I hope you keep it up!
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2010 06:38:40 AM »

I'm not sure what you mean by hat...are you meaning, is my camera on a tripod?  If so, yep, it's on a tripod.  It was hard to figure out where to put the camera to get good footage but I think it worked out okay in the end. 

I don't have a web-cam either, I have am actual video camera.  Web-cams do look pretty cool.

I actually feel like I am not serious enough about my blog either, even with the videos.  I wanted to a video of the 3 ring notebook to show how I put it together but I have been so busy/sick that I didn't get around to it.  Maybe we should both work harder on our blogs?  lol.  And if I end up making another notebook I'll try really hard to film it.

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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2010 07:37:59 PM »

Those are made from ceral boxes?!? They look AMAZING! Great projects Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2010 09:53:30 PM »

The 3 ring notebook is made from a cereal box; the other is just an old book.  Thank you for the sweet comments guys!
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