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Stop buying Moleskine or Field Notes notebooks and start making your own! It's super easy and saves you money and a trip to the store. This project us...
You will need: - 5 sheets of blank printer paper, 8.5” x 11” - a ruler - a pencil - an X-acto knife - decorative paper for covers - string - needle ...
Cut your printer paper in half to make 10 sheets of 8.5” wide by 5.5” tall paper. Using a bone folder, fold each new sheet into half to make them 4.25...
Cut a 8.5” wide by 5.5” tall cover from a piece of decorative paper, and fold it in half.
Place printer paper inside of the cover and, using the awl, poke three holes in the spine: one in the center and one about two inches from the center ...
String your needle with enough string as three times the height of your notebook, about 16.5". I'm using waxed linen thread, but you can use any type ...
Starting on the outside, pull the string three-fourths of the way through the middle hole, leaving the rest of the thread hanging without a knot.
Take the needle through the top hole, pulling tight but without pulling the extra thread through.
Take the needle back through the middle hole.
Finally, take the needle through the bottom hole.
Tie a bow with the beginning string and the extra string, pulling tightly. Cut off any extra string.
You've made your own beautiful notebook! If you want a true Field Notes feel, use a corner rounder punch and use kraft cardstock for the covers. The p...
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I had so much fun doing this! I didn't use a ruler, since everything was supposed to be in half I just folded it! No need for a ruler! I honestly feel so successful right now! Thank you! <3
Thank you SO MUCH!! Great tutorial!!! I've purchased countless Moleskine notebooks (Design Major....) so this is GREAT for my budget!! :D
This was really fun, easy, and simple! :-)
"http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Print-and-Make-a-Book/" is a nice way too.
I'm thinking whether a "clous tête d'homme" (aka finishing nails, panel pin, Round-head nail or headless nail) can do the job?
Thanks for putting this together! I love Field Notes notebooks, but they can get expensive to collect. I've made my own notebooks similar to these, except I followed the FN style and simply stapled them. Takes a little experimentation & practice to staple it just right, so I want to try your sewn method!
I highly recommend using a corner punch, as a well used notebook will definitely get curled corners if you don't round them off. I prefer the squeeze type corner punch, like this Fiskars model—it's easier on the wrists and you can see that you've aligned the edges of the paper correctly before punching. Alternatively, you can simply cut 45° corners with an xacto knife or scissors, a la Battlestar Galactica paper. That works just as well w.r.t. non-curling corners.
Speaking of paper, especially for FN fans, you can print all sorts of customized graph paper, from basic grids to light grey dots, small crosses, or even music staves at http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/
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