Barnes & Noble Calendar Binder Mod

I’m re-posting this as a reminder for those who missed it last year. Check out your local B & N before its too late:)



Marc Veeneman turns a calendar binder into a notebook case as featured in this previous post.

"Spread the rings apart by pressing the end tabs; remove the
punched pages, the plastic ruler.  Pull out the protective cardboard
sheet, too. The punched pages are exactly 3" x 5" so Hipster PDA users
will want to inspect what the rest of us discard."


Pry the end of the bar from the base of its mounting post. The objective here is to remove the entire post.


This is what the post looks like just before it breaks free from the
leather lining.  I do this gently in order to prevent tearing the
leather; it stretches just enough to release the mounting
post.(Crafters may call it a rivet, I apologize if post is the wrong


A pliers is quicker if less gentle.


Since the binder already has a pocket for 3" x 5" cards, I’m saving
the foldout calendar found just under the cover sheet of the punched
paper we originally set aside.


The wallet nicely holds my 12 half-pan watercolor box, an eraser
chunk, a pencil, and a couple of retractable brushes.  The business
card slot on the inside cover is wide enough for my Color Wheel Company
Pocket Guide.  Now my black Moleskine sketch book can travel in one
binder with its companion paint set in another.  How nice of Barnes
& Noble to provide both black and brown models of this annual

Text by M. Veeneman.

Photo: ABF

Originally posted 1.19.06

3 thoughts on “Barnes & Noble Calendar Binder Mod

  1. So I decided to try this. BN had one last black binder so I snagged it. But how do you get the other end out (where the zipper begins when the binder is open) ??

  2. Just keep pulling at metal attachments (like how a dentist does:), but gently. They some sort of a head (line a nail) that’s embedded into the spine of the binder. It will eventually come off.

  3. I totally love this and had to buy one.

    However, I am having probems with removing the bar from the base. I pull, but I’m afraid of ripping the leather and it doesn’t seem to give way whatsoever.

    I can’t quite figure out from your pictures how to pull it apart.

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