With a laser and some creativity, you can transform an ordinary notebook into a personalized gift or keepsake. We used a Speedy 400 to decorate two notebooks. We enhanced the emerald sketchbook with a contrasting laser engraving, and we laser cut the flexible cover on the smaller notebook to reveal a colored second layer.
Material required :
- Hard cover sketchbook (we used an emerald Leuchtturm1917® Sketchbook Master - A4+)
- Soft cover notebook (we used a Leuchtturm1917® Jottbook Medium (A5) - navy)
- Spray glue
- Piece of paper - the more contrasting, the better
Trotec Laser Used:
- Speedy 400
- 80 watts
- 2-inch lens
Using our design, you can laser engrave a design on the sketchbook cover and personalize it with a name. If you wish to uise our design, you can open the PDF design and enter the name. You can also create your own unique design.
The following parameters produce a brown engraving on the emerald sketchbook:
Engraving: Power: 20% - Speed: 30% - Frequency: 500 ppi - Air Assist: ON - Z-Offset: -1 mm
Other colors may react differently.
Flexible covers (like the cover on the Jottbook we used) can easily be cut with a laser. Our decorative design is a tree with precise details. To give the fine details more stability, we glued a piece of paper on the inside of the cover after we laser processed the notebook.
Use the Aluminum Cutting Grid Table and cover the surface around the workpiece to focus the vacuum suction.
2: air flow shutter
If you elect to use an air flow shutter, please close it to achieve optimal suction on the table and not on the exhaust slots.
3: laser process
Open the design and send it to the laser.
Cutting: Power: 20% - Speed: 0.5% - Frequency: 1000 Hz - Air Assist: OFF -
Z-Offset: -1 mm
To give your laser cut cover more stability, glue a piece of paper on the inside of the cover of the notebook. Try finding a piece of paper that coordinates with your design. You can use a glue stick or spray glue, but spray glue seems to provide the most stability. More laser cutting tips.