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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From Album Cover to CD Binder on: December 27, 2003 10:35:44 AM
This project is a little similar to this one, but with enough of a twist that I thought I'd make a new topic. This is modeled by something I saw for sale about a year ago, and I just barely managed to get my own completed by Xmas. It's a cd case/binder/album made from an old record album, and it goes like this:

The Inserts:
http://www.vjhc.com/craft/inserts.jpg

http://www.vjhc.com/craft/insertdetail.jpg

Locating these were actually the hardest part. The only 4-up cd insert pages for binders I saw for sale in stores were these slimmer ones with the holes too close to the actual cds, but you need the extra space for your binding, like in these pictures. Easiest way to get them is thru mail order at places like Light Impressions or other cheaper places, but I waited too long and ended up getting lucky when I found a big binder that didn't have the pages permanently stuck in, that I was able to tear apart.

The Covers:
http://www.vjhc.com/craft/album-board.jpg
http://www.vjhc.com/craft/edge.jpg
I cut apart the two halves of the album cover and glued each to a piece of black illustration board, then trimmed it down to size. I cut off about 1/2" from all sides in order to make it closer to the size of the inserts, and used a mat cutter to do the cutting and bevel the edges. In the future, I'd look for something a little thinner than illustration board (which is basically mat board) because it was a pain to cut. For the gluing I used sheets of dry-mount adhesive (sort of like big sheets of double-sided tape) but I think spray mount or even regular glue, thinly applied, would work.


The Binding:
http://www.vjhc.com/craft/open.jpg
I decided on 6 insert sheets for the album. It didn't seem like much when empty,  but that means 48 cds when full, which will add a fair amount of bulk. I took the whole thing to Kinko's and asked them to coil bind it. They balked  a bit at the stiffness of the boards (another reason to find a thinner backing material) but agreed to give it a shot. (if you get turned down, try going back and asking the kids who work nights there, they tend to be more inclined to appreciate such projects)

http://www.vjhc.com/craft/bindingdetail.jpg
http://www.vjhc.com/craft/opendetail.jpg

As you can see, the holes for the binding just punch through the 3-ring binder holes, which doesn't seem to pose a problem. Alternatively, you could just drill holes in the cover and use binder rings with the holes already there. That would give you the added bonus of being able to add more pages, but might feel less secure.

The Finished Product:
http://www.vjhc.com/craft/bound.jpg
Ta-Da! I think it turned out pretty well. In the future I would see if I could  get larger coils for the binding, because I'm worried it'll look a little overstuffed when it's full. But all in all, I'd call it a success.
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