Thrifty Thursday: Address Book

This week's Thrifty Thursday is also a tutorial. I have forever had a couple of sheets of paper, half typed, half hand-written, with everyone's addresses on it. I put on my to-do list a few weeks ago to finally make an address book, but I wasn't sure how I wanted to go about it. When I got my coasters, it made perfect sense to me.

Materials I used:
Printed address sheets (designed in PSE but could be done in word)
Mod Podge & foam brush (but you could use school glue, too)
Binder rings (purchased at Staples but I think you could get these at Dollar Tree, I haven't looked yet)
Scrap patterned paper and embellishment
Two chipboard coasters (I bought these in bulk, so each cost me only 3 cents, however you could also use cereal boxes, just put two or three together for thickness).
corner rounder (optional)
Crop-a-dile Big Bite (again, optional, any thick material hole punch would work)
Not shown: fine sand paper, craft knife & cutting mat

First, I put a layer of Mod Podge on one side of each coaster, and pressed the cover paper onto it. (I cut two pieces of paper a little larger than the coaster). Let dry, and used a craft knife to cut away the excess paper. Then put another layer of Mod Podge on the back side of the coaster, and press your other paper onto it. (Again with the size a little larger than the coaster). Let dry, cut away excess with craft knife. You could alternatively use scissors. Sand the edges with a piece of fine sandpaper or a sanding block.
Next step was to punch holes in the chipboard with my Crop-a-dile.

I also took a blank piece of paper and wrote "addresses" on it, and used some of my glitter pens for decoration. I put that behind my frame embellishment, and adhered both with some permanent adhesive to the front of the chipboard.
Finally, I cut all of my sheets of address paper (I printed on both sides of the paper) into 3.75"x3.75" sheets. I punched holes in all of those (my Crop-a-dile is fantastic, it cuts through many sheets of paper like BUTTAH), and hooked everything together with binder rings.
In supplies, this project cost me less than $1.00. Cheaper than buying an address book and it's customized to what I want it to be. So, if you've at least got a way to punch a hole, then this is an inexpensive, fun project.


  1. Love it! You are making some cute stuff lately, lady! :-)

  2. Very Cute!

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