Anecdotal Eye

Aspiring Artist/Surface Designer

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So Fun Fit-In-Your-Pocket Notebooks!

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I cut this paper from a plain white book & selected the decorative cover from a Bank Calendar with Korean art.

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I cut a straight edge using a ruler & heavy-duty carbon steel box cutter. 

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 I didn't have a bone folder but the smooth side of a pen made excellent creases! 

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The creases on this heavy paper turned out to be fairly

sharp for being made from the barrel of a pen.

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With a ruler & the swipe of a box cutter, the cover was cut easily & accurately.

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 I used a large thumbtack & ruler to mark where the nail holes will go.

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 Using clamps to steady the paper, I hammered in 3 nail holes for the cord to slip through.

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After making the holes large enough, I threaded the cord through. No needles were needed since the ends were covered with a plastic cover--similar to the end of a shoe lace...(aglets)...which made it so very easy!

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Ta Da! Finished with a bow & it's complete!

  • For the next book...

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I cut a "Manilla" envelope made of purple acetate for the cover.

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 I used decorative stationary paper for the pages.

Here's a fun tip...

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With an eraser like this one, try this trick to make the staple method much faster...

Clamp the pages so they stay put & slip the eraser under the crease.

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Open up the stapler.

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 Line up the opened stapler with the crease of your cover & staple through the paper & eraser.

Note: For best results, practice lining up your stapler with a few scraps that you've already creased so that you can get the hang of it before trying it out on your new pocket notebook. 

It should look something like this:

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And then like this:

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Turn over your notebook & pull the eraser away from the staple.

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 Then viola! Smooth down the staple. I used the end of my hammer.

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Now this one is done! Yay!

Here are my pocket books together. I'm very happy how they turned out. :)

They were so fun to make

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