June 2000
Spiral Notebooks
Designed By Judi Kauffman

When the copy center near me had a $1 sale on spiral binding services, I thought it might be fun to make some notebooks, sketchbooks and journals with stamped covers. It's only $2 when they're not having the sale, so the cost is reasonable and the result is very sturdy and functional.

This is a very easy project, and it makes a nice gift or item to sell, as well as something you can make for yourself. The children who were visiting on the day I made mine made their own and were thrilled with their creations, so it's a good project to do with young people.


Tactile Impressions I (see below)

Tactile Impressions I (see below)
(Note: All stamps used for the notebooks were from the Tactile Impressions I & II sheets, Red Castle #49010 and 49020)


  1. Color the surface of the board (front only, or both front and back covers) with dye or pigment ink, using the direct-to-paper method where ink pad is the applicator for the color. Dry with heat tool or air dry.
  2. Stamp pattern stamps in rows as a grid pattern (red notebook), in rows as a horizontal/vertical pattern (green notebook), or randomly (purple notebook). Add accent stamps (pods on green notebook). Emboss as much of the pattern as you want. On the green notebook, only the pods are embossed. On the red notebook all of the patterns are embossed. On the purple notebook, none of the patterns are embossed, but a bookmark-size strip is added to the cover as collage.
  3. Stack the front cover, 1/2" of paper (computer paper, text weight stock, or a mixture), and the back cover. Take to a copy center for spiral binding. If your copy center will bind thicker books, add more paper.


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Red Castle, Inc. - P.O. Box 39-8001 - Edina, MN 55439-8001
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