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Moleskine's Second Chance

Rebind a Moleskine ReporterI love the Moles (That’s what the “in” crowd calls the Moleskines.) They are handy, durable, ubiquitous, if not expensive.

When I used up all the pages in my Moleskine Reporter Plain I decided to rebind it with my own paper. Besides I can't get them where I live here in China.

It took just about an hour and now my Mole has a second life. In a nutshell, I just folded A4 paper in half lengthwise, sliced it in two, punched some sewing holes, and stitched 10 signatures together and voila, I had a book block.

Next, I tore out the existing book block from my used up Mole, inserted and glued my new one and now I have another few months of use out of the same cover.

Now I know, to most people, this may seem like a lot of bother for a Mole but I assure you that it’s worth it.

I hope the picture helps demonstrate that it’s a simple process that anyone can do. So go ahead and try it with your choice of paper.  You’ll be glad you did and your Mole will thank you too because he gets another life before he's shelved.

If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber. -Albert Einstein


2 Responses to “Moleskine's Second Chance”

  1. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Dave, I applaud your D.I.Y. take charge attitude in this matter. But, I had to chuckle because I stopped buying Moleskine notebooks when I could no longer find anything except Made in China products. Now, you are living in China and cannot find them for sale. Pretty silly world. Thanks for all your entries, I enjoy your ideas. /// David in Portland.  

  2. # Blogger Dave Terry

    Thanks Dave.

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