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How To: Bind eBooks or Your Own Printed Documents

by Chris Gardner

This week marks Curbly's fourth birthday! We're pretty excited, and so we're bringing you some of our favorite original DIY projects and how-to posts from the last four years. This one's from Curbly's most established Featured Writer, DIYMaven.

How To: Bind eBooks or Your Own Printed Documents

So you've downloaded an eBook. Now what? Well, if you're a bibliophile like me, you might want to print out the ones you love. Like Curbly's Make It! series, for example. I'm lucky enough have the new edition to the Curbly Library in perfect-bound, so I'm set for hard copy. However, I had a copy of David duChemin's wonderful photography book '10' on my hard drive that needed to be birthed onto paper. 

 

Now, I could have printed it at home and rammed a staple into one of its corners, but that would have been barbaric. I could have taken it to my local Kinkos and had them print and bind it, but that would have been uninspired. Instead, I printed it at home, bound it myself and included its own beaded bookmark into the binding. Here's how I did it:       

First, the supplies

  • 2 pieces of card stock, the same size as the format in which you'll be printing your eBook and as heavy as your printer can handle
  • string or pearl cotton
  • a few beads, large and small to coordinate with your string/cotton
  • a ruler
  • an awl or nail
  • an embroidery needle 
  • Dremel/roto tool or drill and a 1/16" or so drill bit
  • 2 hinged paper clips

 

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Curbly Video How To: Make an Accordion Photo Album

by Chris Gardner

This week marks Curbly's fourth birthday! We're pretty excited, and so we're bringing you some of our favorite original DIY projects and how-to posts from the last four years. This one's from Curbly's most established Featured Writer, DIYMaven.

This is a really fun and effective way to make a little photo album--all without using glue or adhesive in its construction. It’s a great way to showcase your photography. It also makes a great ‘brag book’ for images of your favorite children--furry or otherwise.

 

Curbly Video How To: Make an Accordion Photo Album

Here’s some of the things you’ll need to make one:

  • Medium weight poster board
  • Card stock, two different colors
  • 1/4” wide elastic or ribbon
  • Small hole punch
  • Decorative brad
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Flat-bed cutter, optional but very handy  

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Hooray! It's Curbly's Fourth Birthday! To Celebrate, We Wanna Give YOU Free Stuff!

by Chris Gardner

Hooray! It's Curbly's Fourth Birthday! To Celebrate, We Wanna Give YOU Free Stuff!

Hello, hello, everyone in Curblyland! We're pretty excited to share that this, the second week of November, marks the fourth birthday of Curbly.com. We've gone from a few folks in the Twin Cities area to a full-fledged writing team across the U.S., including our first intern!

To celebrate, we'll be posting some of our favorite and most surprising posts from the past four years, and learning a little bit more about the Curbly team. AND! We wanna give you some free stuff, to say thanks for being here.

We hope you'll join us.  Check out the details:

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How To: Make a Wooden Designer Key Rack

by Chris Gardner

This week marks Curbly's fourth birthday! We're pretty excited, and so we're bringing you some of our favorite original DIY projects and how-to posts from the last four years. This one's from Curbly's most established Featured Writer, DIYMaven.

How To: Make a Wooden Designer Key Rack

So last week I was searching for cool things to post on Curbly, when I came across the Marvelous Key Rack by Tomke Biallas and Grisella Kreiterling. The designer version is made out of a slab of oak (15" x 2.3" x 2") that has a cavity the width of a key plunged down the middle. A quick measurement of my keys told me most are about 1/16" to 1/8" thick, about the same thickness as a saw blade. You know what that meant....to the table saw!

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