The 6 minute Moleskine

An assembly manual by Burningfp.

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1. You will need:

2 sheets good quality A4 paper (150 gsm is good)

1 piece of recycled cardboard (Stella beer box card is thin and strong)

2 standard staples

Scissors, ruler, pencil and stapler.

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2. Fold the paper in half, then fold back the other way, this then should make it easy to tear in half with a neat edge.

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3. Repeat so, in the end, each sheet bears 4 strips.

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4. Repeat on the other sheet so you end up with 8 strips.

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5. Fold them all together in half, making booklet.

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6. Make sure that crease is nice and sharp.

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7. Using the booklet as a guide measure out a rectangle on the card to act as a cover. Give it an extra 5mm in width and 10mm in length to accommodate the edges and spine thickness.

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8. Cut out the card.

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9. Making sure the edges are equal fold the cover around the booklet.

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10. Using a thick carpet or plasticine as a base push two staple through the spine. Turn the book over and carefully bend the staples over as they should be, but use a tool, like a knife or something so you don’t damage your beautiful fingers.

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11. You can even cut the corners rounded just to look classy.

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12. Bingo, it’s flexible so will fit nicely in a back pocket, and is the perfect receptacle for notes on your next novel, concepts of social theory, life sketching, mind maps, crudely drawn genitalia etc etc.

(If this is a bit low rent for you, may I recommend the excellent Linda Boucher’s elegantly decorated actual moleskines available here.)

Enjoy!

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(cross posted from my tumblr)

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