Handy Dandy Notebooks
I like the look of vintage children’s literature illustration and so I decided to re-purpose an old collection of bedtime stories into handy notebooks. These books make nice little gifts and are pretty useful if you’re a daily list-maker. You could use any images for the covers, really the possibilities are endless. I plan to make some using maps once I run out of the children’s lit ones.
How to: Instructions are listed along with the photos.
Find a book from which to take the images you would like to use for your notebook covers. You will also need paper to make the inner pages. I used computer printer paper).
Cut your blank pages in half. I used the half size for smaller notebooks. I only stacked about 13-15 pages high because my sewing machine doesn’t like to punch through more than that at a time).
Use your half pages to lay over a page of your choice in the children’s book and cut the image out. This image will serve as your notebook cover.
Once you are satisfied with the cover selection, place over inner pages and sew a straight seam down the center of the notebook. This is now the spine. You may need to do a pass through just to poke holes and then another pass to actually bind the pages with thread.
This is how the spine looks before folding the book shut.
If you are left with inner pages sticking out, simply cut the remainder from the book to give it a finished look.
Trim excess using scissors or retractable craft blade.
Tadaa! You are finished. Now you have a simple notebook to use or give away.