What if there was something that could be done with all this abandoned vinyl that no one cares about? Could there be a use for it? I know there are a number of people that repurpose old vinyl to make record bowls and other assorted stuff, but they are generally using unplayable albums by musicians that still have a fan base of some sort. There isn’t really much of a demand for stuff made from elevator music or Christmas albums. The problem is the label. But what else could you use these albums for?
Let’s fast forward to a few weeks ago. While sorting through my latest pile of computer paper covered in doodles and sketches for art projects and flipping through yet another sketchbook with half the pages covered in outdated “To Do Lists” and half-finished sketches I have no intention of completing, I realized the problem with my current method of taking notes and making sketches. What I really need is a refillable notebook/sketchbook to carry around instead of the book-style sketchbooks, spiral bound notebooks, and loose computer paper I usually have lying around in case I get an idea. That way, once I fill up all the pages, I can take them out, sort through to find the pertinent stuff, archive it with a set of ring clips, put the rest in the recycling bin, and refill the sketchbook with more blank pages. That’s when it hit me. What if I made a refillable sketchbook/notebook out of recycled vinyl no one cares about?
So I went to the store and got some supplies and flipped through the stack of vinyl I had bought in the past that was either scratched beyond listening or nowhere near as good as I thought it might be when I bought it, and set about making a prototype. A couple of hours later, I was finished with the first Music Notes sketchbook.
Why I Need Funding
My budget of $150 will allow me to purchase better drill bits, sandpaper for smoothing the cut edges, a few other odds and ends tools, a stack of Christmas albums to cut up, paper from a company that utilizes sustainable forestry, ring clips, elastic cord, and packaging materials. Any extra funding will be put towards purchasing a desktop laser cutting machine to allow me to make the Music Notes sketchbooks quicker and allow me to cut and engrave custom patterns and designs into the front and back covers.
If you would like to help fund the project or just want to see what you'll get for your $$, you can check it out at the link below.
Music Notes Sketchbook Project