I love stationery. I was very gleeful when I told Theo that I needed a new A5 project book for work and that meant I could go shopping.
“Wait a moment, I’ve got a spare one,” he said, and fished around in a box.
He presented me with this.
One of our philosophies is that we should use what we have before we think about alternatives. It certainly is an a5 project book. Shame it’s so, well, ugly. Not just ugly. The cover was pretty flimsy and for something I wanted to carry around at work and put in my bag, I didn’t think it would hold up.
So. The book is good. It’s just the cover that needs changing!
To the craft supplies!
I knew very quickly that I wanted a stiff card cover with something colourful on it. From my colouring stash I withdrew one of the lovely postcards from the Secret Garden book of blank postcards.
In the rest of the post I’m going to give you Amazon links in case you want to buy any of the items I’ve used. Obviously, this is only going to be cost effective if you use the items more than just the once, like I do.
The Kraft card rocked in at 300 gsm. This is a measure of how thick, or stiff, the card is. I wanted my cover to be thicker, so I spray glued two sheets together, twice. You could skip this step by just buying stiffer card!
Note that with Kraft card one side is a different brown to the other. Make sure you know which side you want to keep on display before you spray and stick. Always use spray glue in a well ventilated area and put down something to protect your work surface before you start.
The Kraft card was now thick enough. Very carefully, without bending the wire, I removed the original cover of the project book. I used this as my template to trace around onto the card.
I marked the places where the holes needed to be.
Before I started punching out the holes I checked to make sure which punch I needed. The little heart shaped one was too big and also couldn’t punch through the double thick card without a hammer. Not going to work.