Wednesday, September 30, 2009

December Daily - Binding

To see how I created the cover for my December Daily album, see this blog post.

Donna Downey's canvas album, which I am using as my base, comes with grosgrain ribbon for binding together the pages. However, the ribbon binding didn't seem like it would work with the paper, acrylic, and chipboard pages I plan to use in addition to the page protectors and canvas pages that come with the album.

My solution was to refit this album with rings.

Here is how I did it (super easy!). I used 2.5-inch binder rings. 2-inch rings were too small, and 3-inch rings were too big, but the 2.5-inch rings fit just perfectly.
Step 1 - Open the ring completely and feed one end through one hole in the back of the album.
Step 2 - Close the ring mostly, and then feed the same end back through the other hole, from the front of the album.
Step 3 - Close the ring and rotate it so that the hinge is at the back of the album, on the outside.
Step 4 - Feed a ribbon through the space between the ring hinge and the album and even up the ends. Ribbon is approximately 18 inches, but less can be used.
Step 5 - Wrap each end of the ribbon around the ring once.
Step 6 - Tie a knot and a bow.
Step 7 - Trim the ribbon ends at an angle.
If you want to try this, and can't find the 2.5-inch rings, I have some for sell in my Etsy store. Also, if you like the torn music fabric ribbon, it is also available in my Etsy store.

2 comments:

Life Made Creations said...

Hi Amanda,
Hopping over from MP and scrolling through your blog. Love your ATC's! This binding method is pure genius! I am definitely going to try this. Can't wait to see your December Daily.

Ali said...

I ended up with rings too - much easier to work with :).