Day dreaming about GF projects and this possible use came up. (I’m a day 24 Pro order and I’ll probably defer until the air filter is ready)
I’m particular fond of discbound notebook systems like Levenger’s Circa or Staples’ Arc but I’ve never been been satisfied with the available covers. They’re either simple but boring polypropylene which are nicely slim, chunky book cloth covered boards that don’t wear well, or fat “executive” leather things with lots of pockets and loops I don’t personally need.
I was all set to buy until I noticed that they’re non standard sizes. So I set out to modify my existing notebooks.
I found beautiful paper thin walnut veneer at the art supply store and already own an Arc punch for inserts so I thought it would be easy to cut the veneer to fit the polypropylene cover. Mostly went according to plan but a couple imperfections could be solved by the GF.
- Covers are slightly larger than insert sheets to better protect them so my punch on the veneer didn’t make the tails quite as long as on the existing cover. (Discbound uses mushroom shaped holes, see photo below)
- There’s a little bit of extra punch bite from the next holes on each side
After adhering my walnut to the polypro with Xyron adhesive it does function so I’ll call this 90% successful. But I’m looking forward to using my GF to perfect the notches and add some beautiful engraving for the rest of my notebooks
Here’s my final test result. Riveted leather strap added because I’m constantly juggling notebook and cell phone in the field. Copper discs on order from Amazon will complete the Pacific and West look.