How To Make a Memo Pad From an Old Book

Jenny Murphy of Perennial shares step-by-step directions for her favorite creative reuse project.

 

What You Will Need:

  • old hardback book
  • craft knife
  • scissors or a paper cutter
  • school glue
  • hole puncher
  • awl or drill
  • scrap paper
  • paper brads 

 

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1. Find a hardback book

Check out and local thrift store book fair for old hardback books. I try and find ones with vintage-looking covers and library discards are the best!

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2. Cut out the pages

To glue this paper down, squirt school glue onto the paper and spread it out into a nice even coat with a scrap of chipboard. (Sn old cereal box works great!)

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3. Trim a piece of the cover page to glue over the exposed spine

The first page of most books is a thicker paper that matches the inside cover. You can trim this down so that it will cover the spine of your book and a little bit of the inside of the cover.

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4a. Apply glue…

To glue this paper down, squirt school glue onto the paper and spread it out into a nice even coat with a scrap of chipboard. (Sn old cereal box works great!)

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4b. …and press it to your book

Then, press the paper into the spine of your book and smooth out the rest onto the inside cover.

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5. Measure and cut your pages

Measure the inside cover of your book and figure out how big to cut your scrap paper for the memo pad. I usually cut the paper an inch or two shorter than the height and width of my book.

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6. Punch holes in your paper and mark them on your book

Punch two holes through the top of your stack of paper and lay it down on your book to mark where you will need holes for your paper brads.

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7. Use an awl to punch through your book

I use an awl to punch through the cover of the book where I marked, but if you have a drill handy you can also drill holes into your book.

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8a. Add paper brads…

Push your paper brads from the outside in through your book.

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8b. …and secure your paper

Set your paper over the brads and bend them down to secure it in place.

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9. Get creative!

You can get really creative with the inside of you memo pad. Add pockets, collage images from your book or others, or even add a spot to hold a pen or pencil!

 

Photo credit: Jenny Murphy

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