How to Make Your Own Notebook or Journal

 

 

How to Make Your Own Notebook, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters, Doodlers and Writers!

Do YOU love notebooks?

Do YOU love paper?

Are YOU ever frustrated because a notebook does not have the right combination of paper for YOU?

I have the perfect answer!

Make YOUR own Notebook or Journal!  It’s EASY and you can use any combination of paper that YOU want!

Combine grid paper and plain paper.  Add images or calendars.  ANY type of paper-magazine glossy paper and lined notebook paper can be stitched together to create your own customized notebook.  
How to Make Your Own Notebook, Lori Kennedy

OR—Collect all that random paper you have around the house and organize it into one (or several) notebooks.

Add one piece of cardstock to serve as the cover.

How to Make Your Own Notebook, Lori Kennedy

Fold all the paper in half to create a booklet.

How to Make Your Own Notebook, Lori Kennedy

Don’t worry if some of the sheets are larger than the cover.  We will trim them later.

Open the notebook and clip the sheets together with paper clips or sewing clips.

Draw a line down the center of the top page.

How to Make Your Own Notebook, Lori Kennedy

Increase the stitch length to 3.0-3.5 and stitch down the center of the book spine.  I used a Topstitch needle and 28wt Aurifil cotton thread, but I think any sharp needle will work.  Stitch slowly and carefully to stay on the drawn line.

How to stitch a journal

Almost finished!

How to Make Your Own Notebook, Lori Kennedy

If your edges are not even, fold the pamphlet and use your rotary cutter to trim the book.  Use several strokes to cut all the way through the pages.  Do not try to cut them all in one heavy cut!

How to Make Your Own Notebook, Lori Kennedy

How to Make Your Own Notebook, Lori Kennedy

The Perfect Custom Notebook!

I made several inserts for the leather notebooks I made…

Coming soon-How to Make a Leather Traveler’s (Midori-Style) Notebook–in a size that makes sense!

Happy Doodling, Writing, Organizing, Saving!

Your Wanna-be-Organized Quilter,

Lori

PS…If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!

PPS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

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