How to Make Playing Card Notebooks: Bound Books

18 Jun 2008

Here's the second style of playing-card notebook: a simplified stitch-bound style. This style takes a little more rough handling than the accordion, due to the introduction of good old E6000 at the spine. Anyway, here goes:

You begin with two playing cards, and a lot of small pieces of paper. The paper should be about 1/2" shorter than the height of your cards, and about 1/2" shorter than the width of both cards, like you see here.

You can make this book with many or few pages. We're going to bundle the pages up into something called "signatures," which are groups of 5-6 pages each. I'm going to make this book with three signatures, but feel free to use just one, or up to five.

Anyway, to make a signature, stack up 5 or 6 of these small pieces of paper, and then fold them in half together, as you see here. Make a good crease at the fold.

Then, flatten the stack back out. Using that crease you made as a guide, staple the pages together in the center. For this kind of book, one staple will be plenty.

When I'm making a book with several signatures, I like to place the staple in a different location on each one, so that I can stack them together more tightly in the finished book.

You'll need a strong, flexible material to make a spine for your book. I'm using some awesome library binding canvas I found at SCRAP (score of the year!), but you can also use oilcloth.

Cut a strip of this material that's as tall as your cards, and about 2" wide.

Now, you'll want to see how wide to make the spine of your book. So put all your signatures together and place them between your two cards, like this. Move the cards apart to gauge how wide the spine needs to be.

Now, glue the strip of binding material to the cards. You're gluing it to the back sides of the cards, and leaving enough space between the cards to fit all your signatures. I use glue stick for this step, by the way - applied heavily, it'll bond, especially because you'll be putting the book in a binder clip later on to dry.

Flip your cover over so you're looking at the back. Put a wide line of E6000 along the spine - but not too close to the ends! (You don't want it oozing in the next step.)

Press the signatures into the E6000.

Fold the book closed, and take a look at it edge-on, like this. Make sure all the signatures are still in contact with the E6000. Then, put a binder clip or two on the spine, and let your book dry a while.

When it's dry, you may notice that the E6000 has crept up onto the first and last page a bit, and they won't open all the way. If this happens, I just glue-stick those pages to the insides of the covers.

Interesting little repurposing note: Laura brought a lot of these casino cards to the meeting. See how they're drilled? Apparently, the casinos change out their card decks all the time, and they put holes in them so they can't be used again. If you have a casino in your area, perhaps you have access to a gold mine of book covers.

I covered them with some paper, and loved how they looked.

Comments

Now I need to find some cards! I love these little notebooks. I like how you covered them as well. I always need something to jot down lists in!


you are so awesome


These are great! You could also use tarot cards for those who would like that sort of thing!


Thanks for that great tutorial! What a fun idea. Can't wait to try this.


I'm in for the embroidered gift cards! And to make a playing card notebook with all the orphaned playing cards (I collect them) I pick up at the street, in libraries between books, at café's.. would be such a great idea! Big kiss and hugs..
And remember, "there's no place like home."


Wow, totally cool and I love that you showed tarot cards there. Now I know what to do with the decks that are incomplete! :D

Kudos! :D

Starr


These are great! DH collected playing cards for a while, and we have, literally, dozens and dozens of decks. I KNEW there had to be a use for them.

*Dances happily away from computer*


Super cute!


yay! now i know what "signatures" means! lol great idea!


You know, I think we still have boxes of cards from when a family friend worked at a casino! And if not, I am heading back home in a week, I'll stop by and see what they have there. I never thought of using something sturdy like cards as a base. :D


These little books are so sweet! I'm jealous of your library binding canvas find. What a total score!


Oh how cute, love these, both of the book styles! Who needs a moleskine notebook when you've got copy paper and playing cards??? :-)

Thanks for making a tutorial Diane!

Happy Midsummer!


WOW!! i never saw binding like that!! nice thinking!


Adorable! What a great little craft project.


what a great idea for those bindings... and note books.. I never knew what a signature was until this. Wow, Thanks.


Great little tutorial. Even with the computers, or maybe more so because of them, books seem to be treasured items and making your own super special. Thanks.


wow those cards (with the missing aces and such) will now come in handy!


love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


You must have a ton of patience! What a great idea!


What lovely little gifts to make for your friends! Thank you so much!


great idea for waste paper ;-) will keep my kid happy for a couple of hours lol


great idea!


That is really cool thank you for sharing.


Hmmm... well, E6000 is a one-part epoxy, so you might check hardware
stores for a similar epoxy product. The whole reason E6000 works so
well here is that it has a flexible bond, which means the little book
can open and close without breaking the glue.

Rubber cement might fill the same function, although the bond would be
a little weaker.

I hope this helps!


is there an alternative to using e6000? because i live in irealnd and i don't know if i can get that here.


Hmmm... well, E6000 is a one-part epoxy, so you might check hardware
stores for a similar epoxy product. The whole reason E6000 works so
well here is that it has a flexible bond, which means the little book
can open and close without breaking the glue.

Rubber cement might fill the same function, although the bond would be
a little weaker.

I hope this helps!


These little books are so sweet! I'm jealous of your library binding canvas find. What a total score!


Oh how cute, love these, both of the book styles! Who needs a moleskine notebook when you've got copy paper and playing cards??? :-)

Thanks for making a tutorial Diane!

Happy Midsummer!


Wow, totally cool and I love that you showed tarot cards there. Now I know what to do with the decks that are incomplete! :D

Kudos! :D

Starr


These are great! DH collected playing cards for a while, and we have, literally, dozens and dozens of decks. I KNEW there had to be a use for them.

*Dances happily away from computer*


I'm in for the embroidered gift cards! And to make a playing card notebook with all the orphaned playing cards (I collect them) I pick up at the street, in libraries between books, at café's.. would be such a great idea! Big kiss and hugs..
And remember, "there's no place like home."


You know, I think we still have boxes of cards from when a family friend worked at a casino! And if not, I am heading back home in a week, I'll stop by and see what they have there. I never thought of using something sturdy like cards as a base. :D


Now I need to find some cards! I love these little notebooks. I like how you covered them as well. I always need something to jot down lists in!


You must have a ton of patience! What a great idea!


great idea for waste paper ;-) will keep my kid happy for a couple of hours lol


yay! now i know what "signatures" means! lol great idea!


WOW!! i never saw binding like that!! nice thinking!


what a great idea for those bindings... and note books.. I never knew what a signature was until this. Wow, Thanks.


wow those cards (with the missing aces and such) will now come in handy!


Thanks for that great tutorial! What a fun idea. Can't wait to try this.


Great little tutorial. Even with the computers, or maybe more so because of them, books seem to be treasured items and making your own super special. Thanks.


Super cute!


love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Adorable! What a great little craft project.


What lovely little gifts to make for your friends! Thank you so much!


great idea!


These are great! You could also use tarot cards for those who would like that sort of thing!


you are so awesome


Great way to use up a deck that has a few cards missing.

Thanks


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