OK - dont worry about the questions.
No - I don't uncoil the wire. The original notebook cover stays on and the cardstock that I decorated gets glued on top of it.
After piercing the matching holes on my cardstock (which will be the new cover), I then cut a slit from the top of the cardstock to the hole piercing. (You need the slit, so you can thread it between the wire coils). Yes, slit is at each hold.
I put the tape on before laying the new cover on the original.
I took some pictures. Let me upload them and then try to put them in this thread.