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5 Things To Re-Use In Your Journal

5 Things to re-use in your journal

A couple of months ago I started thinking about the way I consume products and became more attentive to how much I throw away every day. I started by trying to avoid plastic and re-using as much as I can. It can get pretty frustrating though especially when I go grocery shopping. Everything seems to be wrapped in plastic. I might not be able to cut out plastic out of my life at all but I am trying. Being more aware of all the things I throw away every das opened my eyes to a couple of ways to re-use different items in my journal and use them to document my life. Over time I found a couple of things I like to collect to use in my journals and today I want to share some of those ideas with you.

DIY traveler’s notebook insert

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on August 19, 2018

A while ago I made a traveler’s notebook insert to start my first pen pal journal. In this journal, I keep all the letters I got from my pen pals because I don’t want to throw them away or lose them. But since I stick so much stuff in my insert it started bending and became so chunky that I couldn’t really get anything new inside. So I made a new one and since I was already making it I thought I’d take some pictures and show you how I made my insert.

This is my now old insert. I might do a flip through of it on YouTube if you want to see what’s inside

Supplies

What I love about this DIY is that you don’t need a lot of supplies.

DIY Traveler's Notebook Insert

 

Paper and cardstock

 

 

DIY Traveler's Notebook Insert

 

Something to cut your paper. I am using a cutting knife, a ruler and a cutting board but you can also use simple scissors.

 

DIY Traveler's Notebook Insert

 

A stapler and an eraser

 

 

1. Cut your paper into the right size

First, you need to cut your paper and your cardstock into the size you want your insert to be. Since you are going to line up the edges later you want to make it a little bit bigger than you want it to be in the end. I wanted my insert to be 25cm long and 23cm wide so I cut my paper into 51cm X 47cm.

 

2. Staple the pages together

Next, you need to align your paper and staple the cover and all the pages together. You don’t need to be very exact when aligning the paper since you are going to line up the edges in the end. What you need to do is to mark the middle of your notebook, which will be the spine later on. You need to open your stapler and place your eraser underneath where you want to staple or else you might staple into your desk. This way you can use a regular stapler. All you need to do then is to staple and close the back of the staples.  I stapled my insert three times.

3. Align your edges

Now all you need to do is to cut off your access paper to line up the pages and cut your insert into the right size. This step is easier when you use a cutting knife but with a little bit of patience scissors will work as well

4. Decorate your cover

DIY Traveler's Notebook Insert

Last, I decorated the cover a little bit. Since it already had a pattern on it I didn’t want to go all fancy and just added a little label.

And this is it. I think it is actually pretty easy. I hope you understand my explanations and if you have any questions feel free to ask me in the comments.

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

Easy DIY notebook

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on August 17, 2017

Easy DIY Notebooks

I am obsessed with cute notebooks but they tend to be a little expensive sometimes. Well, I came across some videos on YouTube on how to make your own notebooks but for a lot of the tutorials, you would need to buy some fancy materials. Since I am not patient enough to order something and wait for it to arrive at my home I came up with a quick and easy way to make my own notebooks.

What You Need

Easy DIY Notebooks

To make a little notebook yourself you don’t need any fancy supplies. All you need is:

  • some normal copy paper (I used white and orange paper for this notebook)
  • cardstock for your cover
  • liquid glue
  • scissors (or a cutter)
  • some paper clips or heavy books to press your paper together
  • If you want to make it a little bit fancier you can also use some patterned paper as well

How To Make Your Own Notebook

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Step1:

Take your copy paper, fold it in half and stack it on top of each other. For this notebook, I used 23 sheets of paper,  which adds up to 92 pages.

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Step 2:

Take another piece of paper and cut it in half. This will be glued to the inside of your cover and secure your pages.

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Step 3:

Add the first half on the front and the second half on the back of your already folded papers. If you used patterned paper make sure the pattern is facing the inside.

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Step 4: 

Now it is time to glue your pages together. Apply your glue on the back of your folded papers

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Step 5:

While letting your glue dry use your paper clips to press the pages together. If you don’t have any paper clips you can also use a heavy book for this. Once everything is dry remove the paper clips.

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Step 6:

The next step is to cut your cover in size. The easiest way for this is to use an unfolded sheet of paper. Place it on your cardboard and add a little bit of space on the top and bottom. Since your cover needs to hold your pages you will have to add some on the left and right of your piece of paper. If you are not sure how big your cover needs to be it is always good to make it bigger rather than smaller because you can easily cut off the left over cardstock in the end.

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Step 7:

Once you have cut out your cover you need to prepare where to fold it. The easiest way is to measure it with your bundle of pages and draw a line where you will have to fold it. Go over the line with the unsharp side of your scissor or your knife

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Step 8: 

Fold the cover.

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Step 9:

Glue in the front and back side of your paper bundle. I used double-sided-tape for this because I was not patient enough to wait for my glue to dry.

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Step 10:

Enjoy your new notebook.


I hope all of my instructions are understandable. If not feel free to ask me in the comments.

Thank you for reading and Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

How to turn a book into a pencil case

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on May 4, 2016

I love books and I think most of you do too.

What I love to do is turn old books into pencil cases. I have done that quite a few times now and because my old one is slowly falling apart I decided to make a new one. I figured if I do it I might as well tell you guys how you can make one too. I tried to take pictures along the process but I failed. I hope you still will be able to understand the steps.

Material

  • Old Book
  • Sticky foil
  • Cutter
  • Cardboard
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Ruler
  • Elastic band
  • Something heavy
  • Plastic Wrap

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 Step 1:

The first thing I do is to wrap the book in sticky foil. The foil protects it from water and other things such as dirt. You can also decorate your cover before you apply the foil to make the books more personal. I didn’t do it this time because I liked the cover of the book already

Step2:

I take the elastic band and measure how much I need of it by wrapping it around the book. Then I cut two lines in the back of the book. One on the top and one on the bottom. Through those cuts I put the ends of the elastic bands and apply them with glue. I also glue a couple of the last pages together.

Step 3:

To makes sure the paper doesn’t curl while the glue dries I add some pressure by putting something heavy on it.

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Step 4:

I take the cutter and start to cut out all the pages. This might take a while depending on how  much pages your book has. To make sure I cut straight lines I use the ruler.

Step 5:

After cutting out all the pages I glue some cardboard on the bottom of my hole.

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Step 6:

I take the paint brush and apply the glue on the inside of the hole I just cut in the book. This way the pages hold together but it still feels like a book on the outside.

(I am sorry I totally forgot to take pictures of this step)

Step 7:

I add some pressure again to prevent the pages from curling. To make sure the glue doesn’t stick  the cover to the pages I put some plastic wrap between those two. Once the glue is all dried you can put your pencils or whatever you want inside.

I actually have done this quite a lot. I use those books to store my Washi Tape in it. I use them as pencil cases and I hide my money in one.

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space