So I though to myself, I wonder if I could make an entire notebook out of them?
First I had to come up with a way to make a sturdy front and back cover. I looked to my trusty always-around-the-house crafting supply of cereal boxes. (Seriously, cereal boxes are the bomb. I can't even count how many times I've looked to them to complete crafting projects.) I carefully cut some out so they would be just an eighth of an inch or less larger than the inside sheets on all sides. Now I had to cover them with something that looked nice. The first one I made, I covered with the paper that I made, but that required that I had sheets be larger than the inside sheets, which would have made the notebooks a little small, blah blah blah, cool, but I needed something better.
For the inside, I cut the papers so that they were even on all sides and sewed the binding together with old de-knitted sweater cotton yarn. Pretty nice, huh? Yeah, it was a little painstaking, but I think the result is really cool. They can be used for general notes, a journal, or even a nature journal (keep it out of the rain, though.) I think the inside paper would be really good for water coloring, since it absorbs water pretty well. And just think, they are notebooks that are completely (save the glue) made out of post consumer product.
|The insides of the covers were scored so they open and close nicely.|
They turned out so nice, I thought, "I wonder if I could sell these?" What do you think? I looked on Etsy to see what was available, and there definitely weren't any journals with hand recycled paper on the inside. But what made me discouraged was that there were so many journals on there already that were being sold for 5 bucks or less. With all the effort I put into these, there is no way I could sell them for that low. I was thinking maybe $15? But then I thought, "I wouldn't buy some silly notebook for 15 bucks, why would someone else?"
So I need your help, dear readers. What would YOU pay for one? I'll even add an incentive: each person who responds to this post with a suggestion, I will enter into a drawing to win one of these. How's that? But you have to promise that if you win, you have to tell me what you think after I send it to you, k? Lets say I'll hold the drawing next Thursday. That gives y'all a week to respond. Cool?
Here are some more specs on them to give you a better idea: The small ones are 4.5x6.5 inches and the larger ones are 5.25x7 inches. They all have 10 sheets of hand made paper inside of them. The paper varies based on what batch they came from so they are all unique. I can't wait to hear what you think! (And let me know if you want more details about them.)