Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's a Cinch!

I am loving my new Cinch binding machine!

I am taking a trip soon, and I went looking at the store for a little drawing pad that I could take along with me.  The only small notebooks they had were filled with sketch paper, which was thinner than what I was looking for.  And the only drawing notebooks they had were larger than what I was looking for. 

Cinch machine to the rescue!
I bought a notebook of 80 lb. Strathmore drawing paper, and cut it into 5x5 inch pieces.  Then I cut a piece of heavy cardstock for a front cover and a piece of cardboard for the back cover.
I ended up with a custom-made notebook for drawing while on vacation--just the size I want, just the paper I want. 

And, to make it even better, I followed the machine's directions more carefully, and achieved almost perfectly round wire rings for my notebook!  That had been one of my greatest concerns after using the Cinch for the first time, but I think I understand how to achieve the circular shape that makes a notebook look professionally bound.
Paper-taped cardboard back cover
You know I won't be able to resist book-making now!  My Cinch is going to get a pretty good workout in the coming months.


lee said...

looks great, and a good size for carrying on vacation

April Cole said...

Wonderful books you have created! Very clever thinking, love it!
Have a wonderful & safe trip for the holidays *hugs*
I just knew you would get addicted your book binding machine :]
Got mine last week, have not had any time to play with it, family stuff & holidays. But I am VERY EXCITED to get started myself... It is in my studio staring me down!! (heheeheee) I will keep you posted. <3

lori vliegen said...

perfect solution for your travel journal!! you'll have all kinds of journals perfect for every occasion before you know it!! xox

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