Raise your hand if you have more notebooks than you'll ever need but can't help buying more. Yeah, me too 😉 I'm a bit of a notebook-aholic. I have all different shapes and sizes but absolute favourites are the pocket size notebooks you can pop in your bag. Perfect for jotting down notes or lists while I'm out and about.Read More
I always carry a notebook around with me. It's something I've done since school but it's only been the last couple of years that I started making my own. I first saw this bookbinding technique over on Sea Lemon's YouTube channel back in February and I think it might be the easiest bookbinding method I've ever seen.
1. Trim down your card to the same size as your pages. I chose to make mine A5.
2. Measure your binder clips and score a line just in front of where your clips will be. This lets your cover fold open easily and not crease. Do this for the front and back covers.
3. Sandwich your pages between your front and back covers and secure with a couple of binder clips.
4. Gently squeeze the binder clip handles together. You should be able to remove one side first and then the other.
5. To finish decorate with your chosen stickers.
I got my stickers in the sale for a £1 in New Look, you might have seen me sharing them on Instagram. Is anyone else as obsessed as I am with Instagram stories? I love seeing the little behind the scenes snippets of people's lives.
So, what do you think? Pretty easy, right? And the great thing about them is you can refill them as much as you like. Simply attach the metal handles to the clips again, open them out and swap out the pages.
I fell in love with the cards I used to make my upcycled gift boxes so I couldn't resist going back and seeing what else they had in the same range. I snapped up a couple more of their gorgeous bright and colourful cards and decided this was a perfect opportunity to show you another of those crafting tricks I picked up in school.
If you don't have any experience with book binding and hand stitching I know the whole process can seem pretty intimidating. This clever paperclip trick is super simple and lets you bind notebooks together quickly and without a single stitch.
Bookbinding has never been so easy!
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1. To make the cover cut your card in half following the center fold.
2. Mark the halfway point on your card and use this as a guide to punch your holes.
3. Use a bone folder and a ruler and score a line about an inch in. This means that your notebook cover will be able to open and close easily without creasing.
4. Using your cover as a guide punch holes in your paper. I was able to punch about 6-8 sheets at a time. For the pages I used A5 plain paper as it fit the height of the card cover perfectly. To stop the paper moving around as you punch it use a couple of paperclips to hold your stack in place.
5. Sandwich the plain paper between your card covers and tap it down against the table top to make sure all the holes line up. Don't worry about the paper being too long as this point. We'll be fixing this later.
6. Take your ruuber band and thread in onto a paperclip. Push the rubber band through the top hole and thread it through the bottom hole from the back. Stretch the rubber band and hook it onto the bottom of the paperclip.
This part can be a bit tricky depending on the rubber band you're using. If you're having trouble getting the band to fit try gently curling your notebook towards you as you attach it to the paperclip.
7. Trim off any excess paper using a craft knife and a steel ruler. I find it works best to do lots of light even strokes to get a smooth finish. You can use a fine sandpaper to gently sand away any uneven cuts.
And that's it. You're all done. I used some brightly coloured rubber bands and gold paperclipsto match my cards and I'm more than pleased with how they turned out. In fact, I think they look pretty fantastic ;)
What do you think? Is this something you'll be giving a go?
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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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I use a lot of notebooks and I always like to make sure I have one either nearby or tucked away in my bag. You never know when you might need to jot something down and even though I'm never without my phone and I can make and store notes digitally with a few swipes and the press of a button, for me nothing beats good old fashioned pen and paper.
I made these 3 quick and easy notebooks in under an hour using some scrap paper I had lying around and my sewing machine. As much as I enjoy making the more time consuming craft projects like my 3-D Origami Wall Art sometimes it's nice to have a project you can start and finish quite quickly.
WANT TO MAKE YOUR OWN QUICK AND EASY DIY NOTEBOOKS? HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED: Scrap paper, scrapbook paper or other decorative paper for the cover (I used this one), paper trimmer or scissors, a bone folder, a couple of binder clips, a sewing machine but if you don't have one a couple of staples to the center will work just as well, a craft knife, a steel ruler and a cutting mat.
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1. Start by cutting your scrap paper to size. I trimmed mine down to 5 x 8 inch pieces so I wasted as little paper as possible.
2. To make the pages of your notebook fold your paper in half and crease. You can use a bone folder to get a nice sharp edge.
3. Once you've got your stack of folded pages you need to place them inside of each other. Keep going until you're happy with the amount of pages. You'll notice that the pages in the middle of your stack stick out further than the ones on the outside, don't worry about this for now, we'll fix this later.
4. To make the cover of your notebook trim down a piece of scrapbook paper to the same size as your pages. I used scrapbook paper as I like my notebooks to be flexible but if you want a stronger cover you could always glue and mount your decorative paper on some card stock first.
5. Place your cover on the outside of your stack of pages. Lay them flat and secure with some binder clips to hold in place.
6. Using a sewing machine sew as close as you can to center crease. You need to leave enough thread at either end that you can tie a knot in it.
There should be two threads, one on the cover side and one on the inside of your notebook. Pull on the top thread (the inside) and the bottom thread should be pulled through as a loop. Pull this loop all the way through and tie the two threads together in a double knot. Trim away excess thread and do the same for the loose threads at the top of your notebook.
If you don't have a sewing machine a couple of staples using a long arm stapler will also do the trick.
8. Neaten up the edge of your notebook where the pages stick out from the cover. Line up a ruler with the edge of your cover and trim away any excess paper with a craft knife. I found the best way to ensure a smooth edge was to do a few light, slow cuts rather than pressing as hard as I could with the blade.
And there you have it, quick and easy diy notebooks. I liked the contrasting thread showing through on the ones I made but if you don't you could always cover the spine with a strip of washi tape and if you wanted to be really neat and tidy you could tie the knots on the cover side and use the tape to hide them as well as the stitching.