The little note books I made on Tuesday were made in minutes.  The longest part of the project was selecting some magazine pages.

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Most people have old magazines lying around so this is a good way of recycling at least a little part of them.  For me the best size to make the little notebooks is 5 cm x 10 cm.  That size was perfect to staple.  I tried other sizes as well.

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I’m going to put a couple in the car, 1 in my purse, one near the telephone, etc.  They will be handy to jot down numbers, notes, shopping … and on and on.

I used some Washi tape on the spine of a couple just to add effect.

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All you have to do to make these is

  • Tear out pretty pages from magazines
  • Cut them into 10 x 10 cm squares (4″ x 4″ approx) to be used as the covers
  • Score and crease down the centre
  • Collect together some old half used exercise books or pads
  • Cut 9.75 x 9.75 cm pads of paper – just slightly smaller than the cover (you can use as many pages as you like)
  • Staple the pads to the inside of the cover
  • Fold in half and crease firmly (I put mine under a heavy weight for a few hours)

Next I found a few old birthday cards to recycle.

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These were even easier because they already have the centre fold.  Took even less time.  I’ll put these in dh’s car.

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Of course is you want to make bigger books and you don’t have a stapler with a long enough arm you can always sew the books, either by hand or machine (this might even make it easier to tear out a page).  Mine aren’t very imaginative but they will be very handy.  If you make some I’d love to see them – see what you can come up with.

Bye for now,

lorraine

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