Saturday, May 5, 2012

Ways with Vintage Maps - Woven Notebook Tutorial


Along with the straight up Washi tape peel and stick style notebook covers which need no instruction, I also whipped up this pretty one and thought I'd share the how to with you, I love the look of woven anything and paper? well it just looks so cute using maps.


You'll need two pieces of a Map/Atlas etc that have a mix of watery and land mass areas to give a mix of colours. I chose one piece with solely land and the other was mostly water.

Mark up strips on the opposite side you want to use to avoid ugly black marks. So that you can read the name places you'll want one map piece to have horizontal strips and one to have vertical strips  my strips measure  1/2 inch wide and long enough to wrap around a mini composition book from top to bottom (vertical pieces obv) and front to back (horizontal pieces)leaving an inch around all sides.





Next I weighted the bottom of the Vertical pieces down with some cans and started weaving


When you've woven enough to cover the book front and back, add some tape to the bottom of the woven pieces leaving enough of the tape to be able to fold over and seal the ends together.



Repeat for the top and sides.

 



When you've taped each side and folded the edge of the tape over to the back, you should be left with a piece of woven Atlas 'fabric' you can now use this to cover your Composition book.

Layer Double sided tape to completely cover the front and back, making sure the spine has tape adhered to it also.
Excuse my Blue thumbs!


Then lay the back of the book on the woven Atlas 'fabric' and take the woven piece and wrap it around the book pressing down to make sure it sticks.

Trim around the edges. After trimming you will have some loose pieces that stick up, glue them down then put notebook under a pile of books to make sure all the pieces properly stuck to the cover.
Trim off the excess and enjoy your recycled Atlas/Map notebook.

Can't find vintage Maps but would like one of your own? buy your notebook here via Etsy.



17 comments :

Erica Louise said...

This is fantastic, I'm thinking you could also re-cover old coasters with woven maps too!

Miss P said...

LOVE this idea! So neat and simple! Thanks for sharing :)
Px

ruby murray said...

Thanks Miss P, and Erica Louise love that idea, but don't get me started on more projects, this 'short' is dangerously close to becoming a month of maps!! :)

Savanah said...

This looks perfect for a road trip journal :) Thanks for the tutorial!

The Craft-Arty Kid said...

Fantastic idea! This looks great. Maps make wonderful decoration

Sonia said...

This is so neat, I love it!

June in Ireland said...

This is a brilliant idea. My hubby loves maps (collecting them, looking at them, planning trips and using them to find the most scenic/interesting routes), and as he's big into keeping journals and his birthday's coming up, I think this will make a cool gift.

Thanks for sharing - it's an excellent idea (and you've got an excellent blog, by the way!)

ruby murray said...

June in Ireland thank you so much for your lovely comment, sounds like this tutorial was made for your hubby. Hope you have fun making yours xoxo

Ellen said...

fabulous idea! tfs

Anonymous said...

Thank you. I tried this and it worked really well. Lovely idea. I'm going to machine stitch the next one.

ruby murray said...

Yay so glad it worked out for you and thank you for letting me know. Machine stitchinf sounds a great idea it would definitely keep everything in place x

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Its So Very Cheri said...

I am featuring your projects tomorrow, with links back to you of course on Its So Very Cheri.

Cheri

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

I love this idea! I have twin nieces that I'm planning on making journals for this year for Christmas and I'll definitely be using this idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

Old Map said...

These sound delightful.The flavors sound wonderful too.I love this creativity,thank you so much for sharing.Vintage map

Old Map said...

This is very interesting post..and nice review about this article..this is looking awesome..You doing great job..thanks for sharing here. Vintage map

La Pecora Nera said...

Very nice idea! Thanks for sharing us.
Hugs from Italy, Emanuela

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