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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2009 05:06:08 PM »

That looks absolutely amazing!!! I LOVE covering notebooks with scrapbooking paper, but I have always strayed away from spiral notebooks for fear of messing up! I'm so excited to try and alter the cover of a spiral notebook now!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2009 11:06:04 AM »

LOL Sorry for the delayed reply!! I forgot I posted these and I've been waiting for my first baby to show up {he's 10 days late already}.

Anyway. I didn't detach the ENTIRE spiral, I actually just flipped the front page to the back, and slipped them both off.

To get that clean edge, I folded the paper over the holes and then I cut out the holes using an exacto-blade. The exacto-blade method is very time-consuming, and I was surprised that I had the patience at all! LOL

I should take a photo of how I removed the covers, it's really simple and it doesn't require bending or re-shaping anything....

Here we go:

The inside of the back cover looks like this. Here you can see the type of spiral binding, and by flipping the front cover to the back, it's easy to remove both pages.

Like so. By pulling the little prongs to the side, and slipping the front covers up, it just pops them out of the binding. Very easy.

Binding after it's been man-handled. It's not as in rough shape as that tutorial binding - might also be because of the metal binding used. It's super durable and doesn't warp easily. {Another reason I love Strathmore sketchbooks! XD }

Finally, both backing and front cover have been removed. It takes all of 30 seconds to pop it off. And maybe a minute or two to pop it back on {another reason to REALLY GLUE DOWN the paper you cover it with!}

« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2009 10:56:18 PM »

Ahh, I didn't even notice that in the tutorial that she took the bind completely off.  After I saw the type of binding i just assumed that she just pulled them a bit an slid them out.  Bet she'd be kicking herself reading your post! 

edited to add you did really good at using the xacto to cut the holes!  Mine woulda been all jacked up, lol.  Hopefully your baby has arrived now.  You get so anxious in those final days, even more so when they're late.  Congrats either way!
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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2009 09:21:20 PM »

This is fabulous! I have a Bind-it-all so I imagine I can use it to cut my papers and to re-"seal" the binding, too.  How great! Thanks for sharing and your new journal is really great!!!
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