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This is a detailed explanation on a particular step of an earlier project "Moleksine Notebook Mods". This is my first time working with a video explainer so I'm happy to take comments on whether this is useful, if some voice over would be better, maybe text on the video.

The advantage to making your own holder is that you can build it for your own favourite pen, even a space pen

Step 1: Stick Pencil to Spine

Two pieces of masking tape are the core of the pencil holder. Rolled sticky side out over the pen/pencil and then stuck to the spine of the notebook

Step 2: Cover Either Side

With the pencil still in the central 'tube' lay a length of tape sticky side downso that one edge is on the center of the 'tube'. Repeat for both sides so that they both cover the sticky center tube and overlap on to the notebook

Step 3: Cover Top

Final fifth piece of tape goes on to give a little rigidity to the structure. If you wanted you can lay down another two pieces either side if you think the pencil holder is going to take a little abuse

Step 4: Tidy Up

snip off the excess masking tape and cut the 'tube' to make room for any clips or such features of your pen/cil
<p>I think a hard cover would be even better.</p>
<p>this is also a possibility !</p>
<p>This is also a possibiliy !</p>
You can also fold the excess tape inside and attach to the cover to avoid having the edge wear.
Would it help to use a straw to set the shape? No need to do the tape inside out 1st right?
that would work! although, one advantage of the method above is that you end up with a snug fit for the pencil and it doesnt fall out. A downside though is that you can only put in the pencil or thinner. A straw might take larger pens. It all works
Look for 2" or 4" gaffer or gaffers tape... used in photo/video/theater departments. It's thinner then traditional duct/duck tape and isn't quite as sticky.
I'm having a hard time finding black masking tape. I've found black duct tape, but it doesn't quite match. Where did you get your tape? Thanks
Here is another link for a source:<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.uline.com/Browse_Listing_3104.asp?desc=Uline+Colored+Masking+Tape">http://www.uline.com/Browse_Listing_3104.asp?desc=Uline+Colored+Masking+Tape</a><br/>
Here is another link for a source:<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://protapes.com/catalog.php?function=detail&amp;id=11&amp;sel_category=7">http://protapes.com/catalog.php?function=detail&amp;id=11&amp;sel_category=7</a><br/>
Thats a really good point, I never saw it before and it just appeared in my work area. I thought... I've never seen black masking tape before.. I wonder what I could do with this stuff. That doesnt help you though<br/><br/>I would try art stores. If unsucessful you could use duct tape but its much thicker so I dont think it would work. Because the paper is thin it forms around the tight angles needed to make the side walls. You could try going over it with a black marker to 'paint' it black and of course there's always the interweb<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.shop.com/op/~BLACK_MASKING_TAPE_1_X_60_YD_per_Roll-prod-17895594-25076136?sourceid=298">http://www.shop.com/op/~BLACK_MASKING_TAPE_1_X_60_YD_per_Roll-prod-17895594-25076136?sourceid=298</a><br/>

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