Sick of being accused of stealing when you carry yours proudly from the local office supply store?
Or just want to express yourself on every modifiable surface of everything you own?
I have your solution!
Inspired by the notebook embossing instructables by DemolisionWolf and randofo, this technique has the flexibility of imprinting your desired designs without a 3D printer or laser cutter, and when the bent-wire method doesn't quite float your boat.
Join me on an epic journey to make your notebook... your notebook.
Step 1: Gather stuff
- hobby knife
- small files and/or fine sandpaper
- hair dryer
- stiff sheet material
- an acetate sheet of reasonable thickness (mine was about 0.75-1 millimetre thick)
- masking tape
- Moleskine-style notebook (I've only tried it on the leather-backed ones, so I'm not sure about the effects on notebooks with other cover materials. If in doubt, don't try it on your favourite notebook just yet.)
- print-out or drawing of your desired icon
You can search for logos and emblems online, or draw your own.
Make sure your image is the right size: try cutting one out and placing it on your notebook to get an idea of the positioning you want.
Print multiple icons on the same sheet of paper in case you stuff it up.
Step 2: Prepare the acetate
Score, on the acetate, around the icon.
This will make it easier to cut the right shape out.
You can remove the paper at this stage.