I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, and last night I finally got around to making one of Martha Stewart’s recycled notebooks (A5 size, with a few alterations).
Because I don’t have a wondrous (and wondrously expensive) stapler as shown in the video, and because I’m fundamentally lazy and dislike the idea of having to make a new book every time I run out of paper, it’s held together with one of those metal folder clip things. Does anyone know what they’re really called?
For bonus environmentally friendly points, the cardboard covers were cut from a FedEx envelope we received at work, which was itself made from recycled material. (Let’s just not go into the aerosol spray adhesive I used to glue the fabric to the cardboard, okay?)
I left the ‘spine’ exposed, and cut a notch top and bottom to loop a snagless hair elastic around — it keeps the pages from flipping up — as the front and back covers both have little flaps so the clip doesn’t show on the outside of the book.
If you do this yourself, don’t forget to fold the fabric to get mitred corners. I didn’t, and now they’re fraying. Oops.