Thursday, June 11, 2009

Easy to Make Mini Card Notepad

I thought of this project a couple of weeks ago when I saw CraftyPod's post about one of her Maker Faire projects. I recently became interested in book binding, and decided to give it a shot with two cards from one of my many deck of cards that I bought from Vegas for cheap. I don't know why, but I like collecting the dealer cards from different casinos. Anyway, I sacrificed one deck for this project.

Here's how I made it:

- 2 cards from a deck of cards.
- paper (I used some used printer paper that had a blank side)
- contact cement (or other glue would probably work)
- some paper package tape
- some type of clamp (I used a chip clip and some binder clips)

How to:
1. I cut the paper into rectangles the size of the the cards. Stack up the paper and cut using an exacto knife.

2. Stack the paper together with the blank side all facing the same direction. Place the two cards you're going to use on both sides of the stack of paper. I like the back of the card showing on the outside.

3. Align the side of all of the papers and cards on at least one side. And clamp on opposite side so that the aligned side is exposed (because we're going to glue it)

4. Put a thin layer of contact cement on the exposed edge, and set it all aside for 5-10 minutes (to let the contact cement dry).

5. Once it's dry, put a small piece of paper packaging tape on the edge. You may have to cut the packaging tape so it isn't too big for the small notepad. I cut the tape to about 1 inch width and a length longer than the notebook. Fold down the tape and trim the edges.

And there you have it. I'd let it sit for a little while longer in case the glue isn't fully dry, but it should all hold in place.

These notepads are the perfect size to carry in your pocket. I love them already.


Captain Monkeypants said...

These are awesome! I love the fact that they're so tiny and what a great use for playing cards which don't make a complete deck anymore. That's so cool!

Fe said...

My thoughts exactly... tho, I did use a complete deck because I didn't have an incomplete one. Thanks for visiting. :-)

Ladyaero said...

Very cute, though inedible (I need something new to cook and you're my favorite guinea pig...any new recipes you like?)...would make a fun little flip book too...

Fe said...

Awww shucks, you say the nicest things. :-) So, we really haven't tried anything new lately. However, since I did two consecutive non-food entries, I think it's about time to do another food entry... just not sure what yet.

Kim said...

totally should live somewhere like your cozy small town. want to be domestic/creative like you. :D NICE!!

Fe said...

@Kim LOL... yeah, it is a benefit of living in a small town... That and cheaper housing. ;-)

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