Thumb Collection – a quick manual


Last week I finished my second Thumb Collection book. ” What is it”, I hear you think. Well….Are you a person who collects all kinds of stuff like flyers, newspaper- or magazine articles and pictures and posters and other nice looking papers? And do you have several drawers and boxes to collect them in? With the intension to arrange them in different themes? Or pin them on your pinboard or fridge or other vertical or horizontal surfaces? And does it makes you crazy that everything keeps piling up but you don’t want to throw your collected stuff away or glue it in a notebook or something?
Well…that’s me too. I figured out a way to tackle this problem. It’s not the best and it shows some little flaws but for me it works:

At one day, when my drawer got too crowded I piled up everything very neatly and I just smeared a lot of bookbinding glue along one site. Result? A book consisting of all my collected stuff, through which you can easily ‘thumb’.
(Ok. I don’t know if it is a correct verb to use. Google Translate said ‘yes, it’s like ‘browse’, and when I formed a sentence with it, Google said ‘no’. But when I thought of the name it somehow worked. Of course you can give your collection another name when you’re going to use the idea for your problem.)

And the other big plus is that you can easily TAKE OUT the pages when-e-ver-you-like! Isn’t that fantastic?! ‘Yes’, I will answer for you.

Now… Below you’ll find an impression of how a Thumb Collection can look like. (Number one is less nicely looking from the outside, because it was just a test.) At the end of the post you’ll find a beautiful manual which I drew for you. But I think it will speak for itself.




I hope you like the idea, and if you’re going to make one your own, I would like to receive a picture of it, to add it to my post.

To give my collection some more credits then just covering it up, I will regularly post a picture on this blog and try to track down the maker to thank him/her for having done so. A new category is now born: ‘Thumb Collection‘.


————- Especially for Ejhorne I added some photos of the spine ————-

As you can see I made it very easy for myself to cover the spine. As the spine only consists of page edges glued together I just wrapped the cover of the TC book around it and glued it to each other for solidity.


For the second TC below I had two cardboard covers attached to the first and last page of the content and, again, wrapped a large lace around it and glued it to the cover. There are more ways to do this in a neater way, but that’s up to you and/or a a matter of practice and exercise.

MF-TC2-spine-detail-1 MF-TC2-spine-detail