A Circuit Board Design Journal made from a reclaimed circuit board, a piece of scrap wood, and scrap paper.
Step 1: Select the Front Cover
Find an appropriate circuit board to use as a front cover for your journal. Remember that the cover will determine the dimensions of your journal.
In this case, I used a circuit board that had been etched but not soldered.
Step 2: The Pages
Select the type of paper for your journal. In this case, I used 8 sheets (32 pages) of graph paper and 8 sheets of plain paper. I got the paper from an artists' recycle store.
Step 3: The Back Cover
Select the back cover material. I used a piece of scrap board, from Tech Shop, that needed stabilization; the knot in the board limited number of applications for which the board could be used. Cut the board to the same size as the circuit board. For this cover I stabilized the knot in the board with Superglue. To make the stabilization even stronger, I could have filled the crevices with sawdust before applying the glue.
Step 5: Holes for Stitching
Put the covers together and make holes for the cover binding (stitching). In this case the cover was 6" down the side and so I made 3 sets of two holes a half inch apart centered on points 1, 3, and 5 inches from the top edge. I drilled the holes with a Dremel drill press. I drilled holes just big enough for my sewing needle (discussed later) to pass through and centered on a point .13 inches from the edge. I do not work for or own stock in the Dremel Company.
Step 6: Preparing the Pages
Cut paper to size 2 times the size of the cover. In this case, my cover was 4" x 6" and so I cut my paper into 8" x 4" sheets.