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How to Make a Sturdy Notebook With Postcards and Junk Mail

How to Make a Sturdy Notebook With Postcards and Junk Mail

If you are like me, you have a few postcards around. What do you do with them? Nothing much except move them from shoe box to shoe box or...

drawer to drawer. Why not make something useful with them, instead?

This little notebook has two postcards as the cover and is filled with pages cut from various pieces of junk mail plucked from my recycle bin.

Here's how to make it:

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#1: Select two post cards of the same size. These will be your covers. Cut a stack of pages the same size as the post cards.

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#2: Score lines on the "spine end" of each post card, so that the cover will fold open neatly when the book is assembled. Punch holes in each of the pages. The number and placement of holes is not important. That they all be placed at precisely the same spot on each page is very important. At the lower left of the photo above, I show the cardboard template that I used to punch my holes. The folded paper piece is what I used to determine the placement of the holes for the template.

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 #3: Using yarn or heavy thread and a needle, sew the pages together.

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#4: Spread a thin, even layer of white glue on the inside flaps of the postcards.

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#5: Carefully position the covers onto the pages and clamp to hold in place.

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#6: Optional last step: Add a fabric covering for the spine. Cut a piece of fabric the proper width to wrap around the the spine, but leave it too long. Carefully coat the spine area with a thin layer of glue. Press the fabric in place and clamp. When the glue is completely dry, unclamp and trim away the excess fabric at the top and bottom.

More ideas for handmade notebooks:

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These twig notebooks appear in the Fall 2010 edition of Nuno Magazine. Preview a free 28 page excerpt from Nuno Magazine (with three complete projects) here.

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