Friday, 7 October 2016

Tetris Note Book

Plain note books given a simple retro gaming makeover.
Tetris Notebook
I am old, I can admit it, so when it comes to computer games I'm the generation who actually played Pong on the TV at my friends house and thought it was the coolest thing ever! We sat down at those table Space Invader Machines at the chip shop, played Pacman in the arcade at the seaside and when we got a computer (joint Christmas present between my brother and me) it was an Amstrad 64. We would buy computer magazines that had games printed in them in Basic and type it in, line by line and save the games on cassette tapes! "Syntax error on line 1340"
So when it comes to gaming I love simple things, Bejewelled, 2048, Minesweeper, these are my kind of games and of course the classic Tetris. 

At my day job I have to have a notebook on the go at all time, it's full of "to do" lists mainly and other scribblings that I can't manage without. But I do like my notebook to be either pretty, interesting or fun to look at.
Tetris Notebook
We were clearing out some desks as part of a reorg and came across packets and packets of these little stickers, they are the kind that you get with wall planners. They come in different sizes and colours and it seemed wasteful to throw them away so they became decoration for my next notebook.

This is SO easy:
Take a plain black notebook, lay a ruler or piece of card just a cm up from the bottom edge (don't draw a pencil line on the black cover, it is too difficult to rub out without marking) and working from the bottom up, place square stickers in a Tetris design.
I looked up the shapes and colours from the original game.
I had to do some compromising as the sticker colours don't match exactly. It's almost like the wall planner manufacturers weren't thinking about Tetris when they made them!
I used the tiny stickers to do a design on a smaller notebook too.
You can see here I had to cut some long yellow stickers into squares, I had loads of left over stickers but not much variety in shape and colour. I was trying to reuse something that was heading for the bin, rather than buying something new so a bit of compromise and improvising was part of the fun.
Tetris Notebook
The tiny stickers were a bit fiddly and I used a pair on tweezers in the end to place them, the slightly larger stickers were easier to work with, quicker and therefore more fun.

I covered my notebook fronts with clear stickybacked plastic (that stuff you used to cover school books with) to make the super cool Tetris design last.Tetris Notebook
I'm thinking now this would be fun to do on a whole stationery set, you could do a pen pot, magazine files, ring binders .... all sorts!

If you like this slightly geeky idea you might also like the Tetris bag I made a couple of years ago.

I might even take 5 minutes now for a quick game of Tetris - with the sound off of course, that song drives me nuts!

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Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

14 comments:

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    1. Thanks Jo, that's a much underused expression! Definitely time I started using it more!

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  2. I remember Tetris! I spent many hours playing it. The notebook is cute and a great way to use random colored square stickers. #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Thanks Nicole, it certainly saved them from the bin anyway and I feel super cool (in a retro way) using my notebooks now!

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  3. Love your DIY & the Tetris bag too! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Pinned & shared.

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    1. Thanks Theresa, and thanks for sharing.

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  4. Looking good. I remember the space invader machines too and the annoying noises, lol

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    1. Ha Ha, yes those terrible tunes and the beeps! At least these days games have volume controls :-)

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  5. What a great idea! I use to love playing Tetris a few years ago. You have reminded me to look for it again now :) Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays, you are one of my features this week..

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  6. Love this! Takes me back to my days of playing lots and lots of Tetris. Thanks for sharing at the Wednesday Showcase party.

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  7. That's not just cute, it brings back a lot of memories. I haven't played Tetris in years, but I remember it being a huge hit. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

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