To makeover this mini 3-ring binder, I started out with a slightly banged up binder I found at a discount store. The original price was $3 but it was marked down to .25 cents! I didn’t have a purpose for it then but no way I could pass up that deal! I got 2! I’d like to send a gift to an Etsy customer/friend of mine. I decided to cover the outer binder with a black vinyl-like chalkboard fabric. Not sure how practical it is to write on a binder with traditional chalk but I liked the looks of the material so I used it anyway. Chalk markers would probably work better.
- I cut the fabric around the opened binder and left a 3/4″ border around the entire thing.
- I trimmed the corners and I adhered the fabric with spray craft glue. I carefully folded the edges in.
- Then I cut two sheets of decorative scrapbook paper to size and glue them to the inside covers.
- This is for a male so I kept the decorating very low key by stamping the name of the company in silver across the front. The chalkboard material did not allow it to dry so I sprayed it with some final fixative protector and that solved the problem.
This is another of my nephews. He’s a little genius and reads very well. His mom sent me this picture of him reading Harry Potter for he first time. We were so so excited! So I made him a Tom Riddle Diary of his own to write and draw in. I followed along with this tutorial by Jennifer at Sea Lemon.
I added this tag I happened to come across somewhere. It was very easy to create with Word.
I folded sheets of paper in half and sewed them together to form a text block. (learn how to do create a text block from Jennifer @SeaLemon).
Using my home-made book press (also learned from Jennifer @SeaLemon) I covered the edge with the stitching with PVA glue. (PVA glue happens to be flexible and is good for bookbinding).
Then I put some weak coffee in a spray bottle and sprayed each page individually. Then I dried it with a hair dryer to make things move along faster.
I used a thin piece of vinyl that had similar texture to the real diary from the movie.
Then I took a piece of cardboard and cut the corners similar to the real diary from the movie.
I painted them antique gold and glued them to each of the 4 corners of the book.
Then I used alphabet stamps to add Tom Riddle’s Name on the back in gold. That’s it! And what a bonus…it smells like coffee. Yum!