Using pads of sticky notes, scrapbook paper and a few other supplies, I made one of these books for each of Rebecca's classmates to celebrate the last day of Kindergarten. It didn't take that long, and I thought some of you might like the idea. Who knew this was going to turn into a book making blog?
For the books I made this time, I used 3" x 3" Post-it Notes (in their Ultra colors), so all the measurements I'll give you will reflect that size. But I've made these before with the 1" x 2" pads and shipping tags that I decorated with rubber stamps instead of scrapbook paper, so use your imagination and see what you come up with.
I got this marvelous stack of 12" x 12" scrapbooking cardstock at 50% off, and cut pieces that were 3¼" x 7¾". If your paper is directional, you need to make sure your pattern runs horizontally. I was able to make three book covers from one sheet of directional paper.
Find yourself a scoring tool (I used my handy dandy #2 double pointed knitting needle), turn your paper upside down but with the right side still facing up, (trust me, I don't know why it works better when you turn the paper upside down, but the thickness of the scoring line affects the measurements ever so slightly, I think) and score at 3⅛", then ⅜" from that first line, then 3⅛" from the second line, then one final line another ⅜" away from the previous mark. You should have a little section left over that is ¾" wide.
Turn the paper over to the wrong side, with the large section on the left, the little flap on the right, as in the photo above. Next you're going to make two small holes at the midpoint of the paper, about 1" from the edge on the left, and the other in the middle of the last flap on the right. You can just barely make out the little holes in the picture, I think. I just used my knitting needle, pressed down firmly on my self-healing mat and twisted it back and forth a few times. Bend all lines inwards, towards the unprinted side of the paper. Pull the backing sheet off of the pad of sticky notes, and press in place, fold sides up and around.
I punched two circles from contrasting cardstock with a ½" circle punch, poked a hole in the center of each, and inserted a mini brad.
Next comes the kind of fiddly part. Take a length of perle cotton, embroidery floss, whatever, and tie it onto the underside of one of your circle/mini brad things, or you could use the teeniest dab of glue if you prefer. If you use glue, make sure it's completely dry before you continue. You don't want the circle to be stuck to the cover of your book, you only want the thread to be stuck to the circle/brad part. So you'll end up with a pair of circles with brads attached, and one will also have a thread stuck or tied onto it. Insert one circle/brad into each of the holes on your book cover.
Let me know if you have any problems with the instructions here, I had a heck of a time writing this tutorial (since June 11th!). "Circle/brad thingy," "left edge," "midpoint" and all of that seemed hard and confusing to write down. It always is easier for me to just do or show, rather than try to explain it in words accompanied by my lame photos. I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
And there you have it. Repeat instructions as desired, until you have a satisfyingly wobbly little stack of sticky notes books. Then let your three year old have one, and it will become a sticky notebook in no time flat!