Introduction: How to Make a Notebook in Five Minutes

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I love notebooks, but small ones cost way more than they should, considering you can make one with stuff from home for about $0.75.

So here's what you'll need:

  1. A paper to be the cover, this can be pre-printed, drawn, whatever.
  2. A stapler.
  3. Fifteen pieces of paper (This will make 30 half size pages).
  4. Scissors.

And that's it! So let's get started!

Step 1: Step 1: Folding

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Take your fifteen pieces of paper, and fold them in half. Try to be as precise as possible, or your notebook might end up looking a little sloppy. On one side the pages might slant slightly, as long as it's not too much, it'll be fine.

Step 2: Step 2: Preparing the Cover

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This is the most difficult part, if you're using a over sized piece of pre-printed paper.

Take your paper and the folded pages, place the folded pages onto the corner of the paper (Like a fourth of a square, except not proportioned correctly.). Trace around it with a pencil- I used a marker to make it more visible in the photo, this will get the edges of your pages colored however, so I do not recommend it- and remove. Then take the folded pages, making sure none of them are slipping out, and sit them beside the where you traced. Make sure they are aligned properly and trace for a second time, leaving a little extra space on the side.

Step 3: Step 3: Cutting the Cover Out.

Cut out where you traced, following the lines as much as possible.

Step 4: Step 4: Putting the Cover On, and Completing Your Book.

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Now you'll take the pages, and lay them on the right hand side of the cover. Then fold the cover over, matching the sides up as best you can. Take your stapler and, making the you've got the fold of ALL the pages, staple it in the top and bottom left hand corners. Voila! You have a note-book! Congrats! You can also use libre-office impress and add lines, or small pictures in the corners. Hope your project went well!

Step 5: Ta-Da!

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Comments

IzabelleK (author)2016-04-01

Awesome! i'm gonna try it as soon AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Aubrienna (author)IzabelleK2016-04-01

I'm glad you like it IzabellaK! I wish you luck making it!

TripleX13 (author)2015-12-05

I love how it's cheap and simple. I just might try it

Aubrienna (author)TripleX132016-03-25

Thank you so much for your support! I'm sorry it took so long for me to reply! I hope you have tried it and that is ended up well! You have a blessed day and if you have any questions feel free to ask them!

fresh princess (author)2016-03-24

this was amazing! i love how easy and cute it is! you are a true art lover! :)

Thank you so much! I appriciate your support! If you would like to see more artwork, or some of my writing, go to my website! Have a blessed day!

nax (author)2015-10-31

Looks great!

If you have access to one of those big paper cutters with the curved blade on the side, it might help make the edges all smooth and even.

But only if it is capable of cutting that many pages at once cleanly. If the blade is dull or the cutter just isn't up to the job, it could mess up your book.

I used to have a bandsaw, and I used that to clean up my handmade books.

But I really like how this gets you a nice notebook cheaply and easily. You could make yourself a notebook for a field trip or a family visit or whatever, and have a nice personal record of the event.

As an old guy, let me tell you - finding a notebook about something you did decades ago is a real treat. I find one now and then, and it makes me very happy. My mom recently dug out a box of her old notebooks, and she's having a great time with them. Make a few of these and fill them with your adventures, and old-you will thank now-you. Guaranteed.

Aubrienna (author)nax2015-10-31

Thanks! And yes, a paper cutter would make the edges smoother, but it must be a good one. And it does not take a perfect notebook to make perfect memories!

Aubrienna (author)2015-10-29

Thanks! I guess you could sew it, but not only would it be harder, it would be more likely to come undone than staples.

hinagiku (author)2015-10-29

Really good! You can also sew it but I guess it would be harder...

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