Monday, December 12, 2011

The Hardy Boys get Kindle-fied

Now before you get all pure on my keester, I need to say that these editions are in no way special or precious. They are hardcover, and they do have the endpapers with the adventurous tykes getting into all sorts of scrapes.

Those ten pound weights have been very handy around the house. I wrapped the boards in wax paper to keep them from gluing themselves to the surfaces; peels off nicely and can be coaxed off with a little moisture if they get glued good and proper.

I have made back pieces out of chipboard and covered them with the table of contents and related images. I can wrap and glue elastics, or I can do the velcro/mounting tape attachments as necessary. Though the Kindle Fire would mount better without elastics (hope recipient is not looking at this page!)

All in all, going to be handsome.

BTW, great directions for this project on www.instructables (see linkbar)

Kindle cover project

In another case of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em", I've been working on covers for the family of e readers and the e readers themselves.

First, find a book at the thrift store that sums up your feelings:

Then carve it up and put the thing in it. The marbled paper was a stash piece from a million years ago, and the perfect thing for the gift cover. Elastic straps hold it on, but you could use adhesive-backed velcro (I find the velcro is stronger than the glue that holds it on) or those removable adhesive tabs for hanging stuff on walls. Don't know about residue on surfaces, but I do know it's better than the velcro glue.

Try variations on a theme, this one in neoprene. I didn't need to cut slits on the sides for the page tabs, but I will mark for them in the future (push down on the fabric and the buttons work fine).

I have put a cord pocket on the back.

Of course, this is the one I use. Kitchen safe and I can always stuff some spare neoprene in the back for padding (gravity works better in my house). Or bubble wrap for that real DIY look

My next ebook is all about making bags from vinyl. So this meme will continue, I am sure.