DIY POCKET NOTEBOOKS.in craft, diy, paper crafts
Do you remember those Quick and Easy Notebooks I made a while back?
I think they've been one of the most useful things I've ever made. I've been carrying them around with me for the past few months and have been busy jotting down notes and tucking in all my receipts and ticket stubs.
I've nearly filled the last one and was about to make some more when I realised there was one thing that would make them even better. Pockets. Instead of stuffing all my receipts in between the pages and hoping they didn't fall out wouldn't it be better to have a pocket on the inside of each notebook? Yes, yes it would. So I grabbed my score board and some scrapbook paper and after a bit of trial and error here's what I came up with.
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO MAKE YOUR OWN DIY POCKET NOTEBOOKS:
Scrapbook paper (I used this Crate Paper pad), Score board and bone folder or an embossing tool and a steel ruler, double-sided tape (I like this thin tape by score-pal), plain paper, a craft knife, self-healing cutting mat and a sewing machine.
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1. Cut your paper to size. For each cover you'll need a piece measuring 12 x 6 inches. This means that if you're using scrapbook paper you can get two covers out of each 12 x 12 piece.
2. Using either a score board and a bone folder or a embossing tool and ruler score lines at 2 3/4 inches, 6 inches and 9 1/4 inches (7 cm, 15.2 cm and 23.2 cm).
Your paper should now be divided into 4 pieces. The two outside pieces are going to make your pockets.
3. To make the first pocket you need to cut out the top left corner. Measure and cut out a piece 2 x 2 3/4 inches. It's the shaded part in the first picture on the right. Fold this in and using some double-sided tape stick the bottom of the flap down. This will make a pocket that is open at the side so you easily slip any receipts or tickets inside.
4. To make the second pocket fold the right hand side in and stick both the top and bottom edges down.
I made and attached my pages in the exact same way as my Quick and Easy Notebooks. I've briefly laid out the steps below but if you want a more in depth tutorial and some step by step photos I recommend reading the original post.
5. For the pages of your notebook you need to cut and trim some paper to size. I used plain printer paper and trimmed it to 6 inches tall. Fold your paper in half and crease using a bone folder. Stack your folded pages inside of each and then place inside your cover.
6. Lay everything flat and use binder clips to hold your pages in place. Use a sewing machine to sew down the centre of your pages. Knot together and cut away excess thread.
7. Remove the binder clips and fold your notebook. Use a craft knife and a steel ruler to neaten up any pages that are sticking out.
Depending on the number of pages you may need to press your finished pocket notebooks under something heavy. I filled one of mine with a few too many pages and it kept popping open. I placed it under a stack of books for couple of hours and that seemed to do the trick. I made the next two with fewer pages and didn't seem to have any problems.
Each notebook measures 6 x 3 1/4 inches so they're a bit taller and not as wide as my last lot but still a good size for throwing in your bag.
What do you think? Let me know how you get on in the comments below.
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