Partially inspired by @polarbrainfreeze, and a bunch of really cool moleskine covers, I decided to whip up a template to make a cover for the Cambridge Notebooks that I like to use for notes and ideas.
(Yeah, they’re not particularly artistic… but I need something with lines on it.)
Wood is the material of choice here (1/8" or 3mm) - I like being able to flip it around and it becomes a sturdy clipboard surface to write on. The wires are easy enough to open up with a thick pen and insert the cover (and backing) , but if you intend to use both, you’ll probably need to remove a few sheets - otherwise the finished book gets a little overstuffed.
Book Cover Cambridge 9.5 x 6.5.zip (780 Bytes)
Anyhow - just pop your design in and get creative with it… I tried them out of a couple of materials - I really like the Proofgrade Basswood ply - it gets a nice dark contrast for the engrave. (The gold foil on the walnut looks nice, but not quite enough contrast for this use.)
And the back cover design:
Have fun and post your designs if you make one.
Note: I’ve had some questions about this coming in incorrectly sized in some of the programs other than Illustrator, which is what it was created in. (Makes it difficult to size your artwork, although the GFUI should pick it up correctly.) So if you need to resize it in your own program and save it, the specific dimensions are 241.3 mm x 190.5 mm, hole diameter is 5.614 mm centered.