REVISIT: How To: Make a Comic Covered Notebook

Got no idea what to buy that boy for Christmas? Need a last minute present for your brother/uncle/workmate?

Here is an easy tutorial to create a one of a kind notebook that I first posted late last year.

I made this for a friend of mine, who is obsessed with comics, and who is leaving work to start training as a teacher. I thought this would be great for him to scribble down all his planning notes in.

What you will need…

A4 Ringbound Hardback Notebook
A comic of your choice (I had a vintage 50’s one laying about from a  car boot sale)
PVA Glue
Duct Tape

Now before you all get your knickers in a twist, I didn’t chop up a 1950’s comic. I popped into work and took a few photocopies, and then gifted the comic along the notebook.

Cut around the edges of each frame. I tried to mix up sections of the comic too, so I had lots of different sections on the front and back covers.

Lay them out on your notebook in an attractive fashion, leaving a straight edge where the rings meet the cover and then begin pasting them down with PVA Glue. Ensure some of the edges of the comic reach further than the notebook cover so you can fold it them over and finish it nicely.

Do a layer of PVA glue on top of your pictures to ensure they are all secure and nicely finished. Leave all your loose frame edges sticking over the edges of the notebook.

Allow to dry overnight, folding your loose comic frame edges in and under whilst the glue dries.

Once all the PVA is dry, duct tape the frame edges down on the inside of the cover.

And Voila! A Comic Covered notebook.

You could use children’s comics or vintage book illustrations too. The Dandy anyone?




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