Notebooks From Paper Waste P.3

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Intro: Notebooks From Paper Waste P.3

So, this is Part 3 of my notebooks from trash series, and if you're curious enough, go and visit Part 2 in which, beside other things, I'm talking about why Part 1 doesn't exist yet.

Part 2

Here, as previously, I'm going to show how you can make a simple notebooks from paper waste, everyone possess in their homes in some quantitie. So, let's begin.

Step 1:

First of all, gather the material. I'm going to talk on this subject more specifically in Part one, so for now let's just take some old schoolboks in a quantitie our old schoolbook deposits allow us. Probably, after a closer inspection you'll find out that those manuscripts quiet often contain more than one clear pages. This exactly what we will be using in this project as a sourse of pages for the notebooks.

Step 2:

So, tear the clean pages out an cut them into desirably sized pages. In my case I'm using a plastic template to simplify my work. It's a simple rectangle with measurements of the sides of 8x21cm., which allows me to use standart format sheets more sufficiently.

Step 3:

Usually I make covers for these notebooks from cardboard decorated in some way, like, for example, covers on the photo made with cut outs from different magazines. But in this case I have those nice plastic page divides from the initial notebook, so I'm just cutting them out using the same template.

Step 4:

Everithing looks better with rounded corners so I'm rounding corners on everything.

Step 5:

I decided, that semi-traslucent nature of the covers is a good thing that can be used with some creativity attached to it, so I went ahead and dug out from my creative junk paper archives some handwighting practicing sheets from far past, when I was a student. I used them to cut out front pages with the lettering designs that will be visible under the cover.

Step 6:

Nomatter what you're yousing for cover: paper of plastic, it's a good thing to score a line across the middle of the piece to ensure nice fold. Here I'm using the back of the knife's blade, but for paper use a not wrighting pen od a dull awl... or something else.

Step 7:

Put the pages and the cover in stack. Usually, for these type of notebooks I use 10 sheets per notebook (which makes 20 pages after it folds).

Align the stack neatly and secure pages from sliding with paper binders.

I have this rather nice long reach stapler, so I'm using it to bind the pages and the cover. I'm using scorred line as visual guide. If you don't have a stapler like this, you can stitch pages together by hand od with sewing machine.

Step 8:

Fold now your stack in half and you'll get a nice notebook. In this particular case I had to add some rubber bands to keep those things closed because the plastic coder doesn't want to teke it's new shape, but with cardboard it's not that much of a problem.

I really like these small thin notebooks. The're fun to make and fit perfectly in a pocket. I always have one with me when going somewhere. I wrote in it some stuff I keep forgeting all the time, like adresses or working hours of certain places.

Anyway, this is it for now, look for other parts, thanks for your attention and have a nice yousing.

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