Guess what, so far I haven't used one cricut cartridge! I may in the future to embellish it, however as of right now, I didn't. Isn't it snazzy?? oh- and I recycled! :) Keep reading, and I'll show you how to do it.
Okay, here's what I used:
5 sheets of 12x12 cardstock.
3 sheets of decorative paper.
3 binder rings (came in a pack of 100 from Office Depot)
CD sleeves (found at biglots, however you could make these! easily!- in fact, I'll come up with a tutorial for them later)
ATG gun. You will use more than you think.
Okie dokie, so here's what I did:
Cut the 12x12 paper in 1/2 to get 6x12. fold in half to make 6x6. them together to make one giant book. you can see what I mean by this:
After they're together, I took my Crop-a-dile on teh 3/16 size and punched holes 1/2" in on the folded side at 1, 3 and 5 inches.
I held up one of the inner 6x6 squares in the center of the cover and punched 3/16" holes in them too.
you're smart, you can figure it out.
Okay, so I took 1/4" elastic (have TONS left over from when I was making diapers for my son- I'm a cloth mama saving 4 grand!) and measured it around 3/4 of the book. On the back, I punched out 1/8" holes (again from the crop-a-dile) and threaded the ends of the elastic through the front to back. So, on the outside of the back cover, I pushed it through to the inside and added the eyelet and squeezed everything in place. Repeat for the other side. This is what that looked like.:
Fill with CD's and you're good to go!