Transform your greeting card in a notebook

Greetings card, paper, scissors and thread, charms are optional.

I needed a new notebook, but, as I wanted it to enter in the case I made for the previous notebook, I decided to make the new one. It also has a built-in bookmark (the better way I found to finish the notebook).

Every year, I make greetings cards for my job, and I rarely send them all, in the other hand, I have a lot of paper printed on only one side. This notebook is the result of what I needed and what I’ve, it’s also a perfectly green project.

Carnets faits de papier réutilisé
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The orange one was the first. I improved the process with the blue one by adding the rubber in the seam.

Materials :

  • greeting cards (any printed cardboard as cereal boxes can do the job too)
  • paper (reuse printed paper)
  • cutting tools (at least scissors)
  • thread (or yarn)
  • rubber band (of ribbon)
  • tapestry needle
  • gimlet (or any other tool to drill the holes)
  • optional : crochet hook, pliers, beads and charm to finish the bookmark

Cut and fold :

First : cut the paper and the card (cut it a few larger than the paper)

Coupe du papier
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For me, it doesn’t matter if some pages have a printed side. But if you only want white pages, select the non-printed parts of the paper. The size depends also of your greeting card !

Fold the paper, if necessary cut to have a flat edge (yes on the photo it isn’t perfect, but it is flat enough for me).

Les bords du carnet un peu recoupés
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The holes

Make 2 holes with the gimlet (it isn’t really necessary to measure).

Des trous faits avec la vrille
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Then add the cover and make the holes in the cover. This is the best and the most easy way to have the holes on the same place in the sheets and in the cover.

Perforation de la carte de vœux-couverture
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The seam

For a best and sturdy finishing, I finished the hands of the thread in a bookmark.
Begin the seam by the top of the notebook keeping a long tail. The thread must go over and under.

Couture du carnet
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Don’t forget to put the rubber band under the middle stitch of the cover. It will help the notebook to stay closed.

L’élastique de fermeture maintenu par la couture
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Tie the ends.

Nœud qui termine la couture
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To make the bookmark : make a chain with the crochet hook, a cord with your fingers or just knots, as you want.

I use charms for the end of the bookmak.

The final product :

Closed :

Un carnet recyclé fini
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And open :

La couture de reliure au milieu du carnet
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Published first on January 21, 2013,