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Friday, September 17, 2010

Tutorial: How to Recover a Spiral Notebook or Tablet

Today's tutorial will show you how to recover a spiral tablet. This technique can also be used for a spiral notebook. It would be the exact same steps .. just a larger product to work with. Stampin' Up! supplies listed towards the bottom of the blog post.

My finished spiral tablet. So many fun ideas and different color combinations to create your custom cover for you tablet or notebook.

Any size spiral notebook will work. It is the same technique for each one. Just adjust the size of the card stock cover to accommodate the one you are working on.

The tablet above is 3" x 5"

Gently tear out one piece of the tablet paper. Try to keep it intact as much as possible. It will help in the next step.

Line the tablet paper up over the piece of 3" x 5" piece of card stock. Using a pencil or Uni-Ball Signo gel pen (for darker color card stock), draw little circles/dots in the hole areas.

Use the 1/8" punch hole of the Crop-A-Dile and punch the holes out using the dots/circles you just drew as the guideline.

Use the tip your paper snips to cut into the center of each hole.

Line the card stock up with the cover. Using the bone folder push the little tabs in. They will connect right behind the spiral wire.

Open up the card stock cover, so that it is apart from the tablet's original cover. On the back of the card stock piece (this is the side that will lay against the original cover) put some strips of sticky strip. Don't put extremely close to the bottom edge/corners as those will be trimmed.

Remove sticky strip and place the two pieces together. Go slowly so that you match it all up as close as possible.

Using the paper snips, trim/round the excess card stock on the edges. Remember that the Stmpin' Up! Corner rounder is NOT meant to be used with layers. You will bend it/ruin it if used with more than one layer of card stock. I found scissors worked fine on the tablet.

Using Early Espresso Classic Ink and a sponge, sponge the edge of the card stock.

NOTE: When placing the stamp on the clear block ... do not place it in the bottom portion of the clear block, place it as far up on the clear block as possible. Otherwise the clear block hits the spiral wire and does not stamp the upper image (voice of experience ... LOL).

Open up the tablet so that the cover lays flat on the table. Stamp your image using Early Espresso Classic Ink.

Image stamped.

Take a few Jewels - Basic Rhinestones and decorate a few of your flowers. "IF" this is going to be in a purse, it probably would be better to not add in the rhinestones. On a desk or counter etc., rhinestones are fine.

I think the Crumb Cake paper brushed with the Early Espresso Classic Ink looks like leather. I'm very pleased with the results.

There are many things you can do to customize your tablets using Designer Series Paper, layering card stock, added in punched images. Let your imagination go wild. These will be great as a stocking stuffer or thank you gift.

Stampin' Up! Products Used:
Crumb Cake Card Stock, item # 120953 ... 1 piece 3" x 5" (specific to the tablet used)
Early Espresso Classic Ink, item #119670
Jewels - Basic Rhinestones (150), item #119246
Stamping Sponges, item #101610
Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen - White, item #105021 (use to mark holes if using dark card stock)
Sticky Strip, item #104294
Paper Snips (scissors), item #103570
Crop-A-Dile, item #108362
Bone Folder, item #102300
Just Believe Stamp Set, item #116948 - Wood OR #120453 Clear Mount

Stampin' Up! products may be purchased thru my Stampin' Up! website by clicking HERE and then click on shop now. You can shop 24/7 on-line. You can order too by contacting me directly (e-mail link above).

Mary Director
Stampin' Up! -- Discover Your Creativity
(On-line ordering now available thru my website)


scrapn_momof2 said...

Great directions Mary. I will definately be trying out this technique. In the past I have had a border of the original top peeking through my cover. This looks much nicer. TFS!!

Mary Cavalier said...

I love it! Can't wait to try it.
Thanks for sharing.

Gail said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have seen many tutorials indicating how to remove the metal spiral and replace it again, but I never could figure that out. This makes it so much easier!

Sharon Wheet said...

I am a fellow recruit crew and that is how I have come to your blog. Thank you for the wonderful directions, and the photos to visually explain. I will definetly try this. TFS

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