I got this request from a lab friend for me to make her a notepad with the following features: hard cover, detachable pages, A5 size, re-usable (so that she can only replace the body and keep the neat cover).
And here's the result
Step 1: Materials
Felt (the hard ones used for applying vynil adhesives)
Your pile of pages
Vynil adhesive or wathever you want to wrap the cover with
Eyelet punch and setter
Step 2: Wrapping the Cover
The vinyl was cut so that it was 15mm longer than the hard cover on each one of the 4 sides. Then I've centered it on the liner side and marked 3 sides in order to easily center it again after peeling part of the liner. Using a clean surface as a substrate so the adhesive doesn't get dirty and unsticky (a sheet of glass is always my choice) slide the felt up and down over the vinyl as you pull the liner out.
For the inner part of the cover, pull the leftover corners of vinyl towards the center of the cover and pull up all the lenght of the leftover sides before sticking it so that the edges are well finished.
Cut another piece of vynil, a couple of millimeters smaller than the cover to finish the inner side.
Step 3: Articulation
Step 4: The Notepad Holder (In the Lack of a Better Name for It)
For that I used some thick paper and made a sort of envelope, fixing it with double sided tape on the counter-cover. This envelope is just for the last pages (10, give or take a few) of the notepad to fit snugly. The closest the envelope is to the glue-side of the notepad, the better.