Archive for June, 2008

Mini Recycle Bin Books

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008



This is a great little book project to use up card stock weight paper scraps. As I accumulated my own collection of postcards, Print Gocco project leftovers, business cards and other various papers, I came up with this idea to turn them into something wonderful! I have been in need of a little “flash card” style book for memorizing Bible verses and foreign language words (I’m attempting to learn Swedish) and this little book fit the bill. I have a selection of these little books available for purchase on Etsy, and am also including basic instructions below for you to make your own, if you like.

Materials and Tools:

leftover book cover

miscellaneous card stock weight papers

cutting mat

metal ruler

box cutter (heavy-duty knife) and/or x-acto knife

hole punch


1. The first step is to cut your pages to size using the metal ruler and x-acto knife. I chose to make my pages the size of a business card (2″ x 3 1/2″). I suggest about 50 pages per book if you are using a 1″ book ring.

2. Use the heavy-duty knife and metal ruler to cut your front and back covers. The height of the covers will the be same as the inside pages, but the right edge should extend about 1/8″ beyond the pages. So, my cover is 2″ x 3 5/8″.

3. Create a template by punching a hole in the upper left corner of an extra page, about 1/4″ from the top and 1/4″ from the left side. Use this template to help you punch your holes in the same spot for the rest of the pages. You can use either a hand held hole punch or a hammer and punch for this step.

4. Use the page template for placing a hole in the covers as well. I suggest using a hammer and punch on a cutting mat for this step.

5. Thread the covers and pages onto the metal book ring, and voilá! You’re done!