Approximate Assembly Time: 15 minutes --EASY
Here's what you need:
Card board piece with the following dimensions: 27 inches in length & 13 inches in height
Old notebook with binder rings still in it
Duct tape - color is advisable
Marker or pencil
Small rectangle shape - may from a cookie cutter
Stickers or Flair
Step 1: Preparation
a. Cut cardboard piece measuring 27 inches in width and 13 inches in height.
b. Fold card board in half so that both sides are 13.5 inches in width and 13 inches in height.
Step 2: Assemblying the Binder Rings
b. Center the binder rings. In this sample the binder rings are 1 in. but you can use any binder ring size.
c. Using an XACTO, make striations along the sides of the binder rings. DO NOT CUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE CARDBOARD. Just trace lightly along the edges. This makes bending the cardboard easier.
d. Choose either duct tape or gorilla glue to attach the binder in the center of the cardboard piece. I used Duct Tape to attach the binder rings.
Step 3: Finishing Touches
NOTE: For DURABILITY I advise backing up the gorilla glue with duct tape.
b. Using a rounded rectangle or free hand - trace a rectangle about 1 inch from the edge.
c. On onside cut out the rectangle completely and remove.
d. On the other side of the binder - cut the shape out with the exception of the bottom part. This can be folded down and tucked into the other side as a fastener. See images.
Step 4: Customizing Your Notebook
a. Reinforce the binder edge with duct tape.
b. Reinforce the handle piece.
c. Add whatever flare you would like. (I used the apple symbol because I was inspired by the duct tape.
a. Using a heavy binder clip, you can add a legal pad.
b. Glue some stick tabs using GORILLA GLUE.
c. For additional features you can get folders or string a pen to it so that you always have one.