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Topic: TUTORIAL :How to turn a hardcover novel into a sketchbook  (Read 69360 times)
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« Reply #40 on: October 06, 2004 01:49:42 PM »

where does one buy said handcrank drill?  can you find one at an average hardware store? or are they kind of a "vintage" tool?

I got my Fiskars hand crank drill at Michael's (it's a craft store chain in Canada) So I would imagine that these drills woulnd't be that hard to track down.
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« Reply #41 on: October 06, 2004 03:01:48 PM »

I turned a children's book into a sketchbook/journal for myself, but did it a little differently. Unfortunately, I have no pictures or paint program, but i'll try and explain myself

I laid the book out and tore out all the pages. 

Then with my exacto knife I cut the cover's spine off, so i had the front cover and the back cover.

I sanded the edges I had cut, and covered it in shellac to give it a nice smooth edge.

Then using my father's drill press (gotta love a dad w/ tools), I drilled three holes in the both the front and back cover.

Sanded them.

Then I bought little snap together rings from a stationary store (don't skimp on the size).

I then collected the paper I wanted to use, did a lot of hole punching, and voila! I had my own sketchbook.

What I loved about doing it this way is that I can

a. lay the book flat
b. remove whatever I want
c. add whatever i want - such as graph paper, nice rag, tags, index cards, and envelopes (great for holding ephemera).

This way has worked well for me. In fact the last one I made is full, so it's time for a new one. I wish I had pretty pictures to show you guys, but I am lacking in tech.

 
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« Reply #42 on: November 01, 2004 11:11:00 AM »

i did it, and it turned out great! thanks!  a few minor changes with tips i learned taking bookbinding in college, but generally the same.

thanks!
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« Reply #43 on: November 08, 2004 08:07:03 AM »

mine didn't turn out nearly as good.  I'll have to try it again. Sad
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« Reply #44 on: November 16, 2004 06:33:41 AM »

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Then I bought little snap together rings from a stationary store (don't skimp on the size).

I then collected the paper I wanted to use, did a lot of hole punching, and voila! I had my own sketchbook.

What I loved about doing it this way is that I can

a. lay the book flat
b. remove whatever I want
c. add whatever i want - such as graph paper, nice rag, tags, index cards, and envelopes (great for holding ephemera).

This way has worked well for me. In fact the last one I made is full, so it's time for a new one. I wish I had pretty pictures to show you guys, but I am lacking in tech.

 

Where can I find those snap rings you talked about? and what exatcly are they and how do they work?
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« Reply #45 on: December 18, 2004 08:10:23 PM »

Do you think it would be hard to use lined paper for this? I'm thinking about good ideas for school books. Any ideas?
Anyway, do you even know if they sell plain lined paper, as in not the ones with holes made for folders?
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« Reply #46 on: December 20, 2004 08:48:47 PM »

that is such an awesome idea! i'd seen it done before but never really had the guts to experiment and figure it out for myself! thanks for the awesome tutorial!

millie, they do sell plain lined paper with out holes, it usually comes in pads. not sure where you could get it though... Huh
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« Reply #47 on: December 21, 2004 01:51:23 PM »

Thanks Violet! I'll be on the look out.  Smiley
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« Reply #48 on: January 19, 2005 06:26:31 AM »

Awesome idea Wink  It's going to make a great gift for my little sis...an aspiring artist.  Wonderful...thank you so much for the very detailed tutorial!
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« Reply #49 on: January 23, 2005 07:01:26 AM »

I second the request for info on how exactly one puts the binder ringes to use.

Oh, and i'm working on doing one with the coptic stitch. I think it's going to be very cute. Thanks so much for your awesome tutorial.

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