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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Turn an Old Record Cover into a Snazzy Notebook

Aka. Making a 100-page "book of brilliant things."

Confession time: I have an embarrassing weakness for ... stationary. There, I said it. We're talking pens, staplers, notebooks, paper, paperweights, whatever one can find in a stationary. It's not unlike my relationship to cameras (I have about 10, and still coveting more).

But lately, what I've been coveting are things you can't buy in a store. More and more, I'm finding things on the web that I want to make. That I have to make. Not just for me, but for the wife and kid.

So when I saw this tutorial on turning those old vinyl record covers into a journal notebook, I had to try it. That's my first effort on the left, using a Simple Minds cover.

Who it was made for: The wife.
The occasion: None. Just wanted to make it.

  • Paper. Legal size.
  • Old album cover
  • Yarn and embroidery needle
  • Thumb tacks.
  • Paper Cutter
  • Binder clips
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Butter knife
  • Elastic

Check out the Instructable link for the full tutorial with photos, but basically:
  1. Measure and cut album cover.
  2. Fold the paper.
  3. Clip to hold together. Puncture holes.
  4. Stitch the binding.
  5. Put on the elastic.
Ta Da.

Total time: about 2 hours (you could do it quicker, if you're the organized type.)

Total cost: $1.50 (for the elastic).

What I could do better: The stitchings are a little loose. I could try to make them tighter next time.


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