We all know I love books. A lot. But since I've succumbed to the e-reader, it's been a great way to save my back on the commute and on vacations. My mother is a fellow bookworm—she's probably at fault for my obsession. And since I've been wanting to try my hand at one of these projects for awhile, I thought Mother's Day seemed like a good excuse to get out the Modge Podge!
I did a little research for ideas (blogger Quentin Lewis has a good, albeit different, approach), ordered my book from Amazon and then went to buy supplies...
Through the years, my mom has "introduced" me to countless characters that have remained with me. Do you ever read a book and feel like the protagonist is a friend? I feel that way especially when it's a good series, because I have more time to "live" with the character, for them to grow, and in some ways, for me to grow. The best characters are usually too good to only spend one book with! But I digress. Along with Anne Shirley, Jo March and Laura Ingalls, Nancy Drew was one of the characters that we both read as children. (My mother had the complete set of 100+ books!) So the first Nancy Drew was one of those books that started more than a series for both of us—it started a love of reading and mysteries. :) All that said, you can use any old hardcover book for this project!
You will need:
• an old book, slightly larger than your Kindle/iPad/Nook/etc.
• an Xacto knife
• duct tape, book cloth or something else flexible yet binding for the spine
• craft paper
• a hole punch
• Modge Podge and/or rubber cement (I prefer rubber cement when gluing paper to paper, but Modge Podge holds elastic better)
• liquid cement or another strong bonding agent
• 1-2 yards of thin elastic, 1/4 yard of thick elastic optional
• paper clamps (optional)
I hole-punched two holes in the back cover, just far-enough in from the edges that the band wouldn't slip off when the book was closed (and bouncing around in my mom's purse.) To get the strap the right length, it should be taut or slightly stretched when the book it shut, so it stays closed. Glue it down with several coats of Modge Podge.
I attached my scrapbook paper to the cardboard using rubber cement. Once it was dry, I placed the elastic where I wanted it on the Kindle. I used both a strap across the front as well as the bottom corners, but you could do one or the other. Glue those down using several coats of Modge Podge, allowing it to dry completely in between.
Once this is dry, you can coat it completely—but not too thickly—with liquid cement and place it on the back cover. It's best to lay it on a flat surface (covered in newspaper to catch any overflow) and stack books on top to press it down while the glue dries.
Now slip in your e-reader and voila!