Step 2: Remove the paper from the Moleskine

Before cutting notice that the paper is sandwiched between two pages, one with the contact and reward information and the other right before the pocket in the back. Don't cut those off. They are attached to the covers and for continuity sake only, I leave them on. Do what you will but I find it was easier to get the paper out by ignoring them.

Take a look at the pictures below. In your moleskine, the first and the last page are slightly different than the rest because they are awkwardly glued to the two pages I was referring to in the first paragraph. Grab the first page that is slightly glued to the contact and reward page and just pull it until it comes apart. Refer to the pictures below to gain an understanding where to cut. All you have to do is slice right at the edge of that page but just be sure your are NOT cutting through the spine of the notebook cover, otherwise you fail. Once you do that, go to the last page and repeat the step. My old moleskine was so worn in that when I pull the slightly glued pages apart that it automatically separated the paper from the rest of the notebook, so maybe you'll get lucky that way.

Once you do that, you should just have the empty moleskine black oil cloth cover and next to it a stack of paper. What you do with it afterward is your business. With my used moleskine, I kept the paper as it was just cause I couldn't part with it, and then I've also done this with new moleskines, in which case I turned the unused paper into a nice stack of loose leaf pages by separating it from the bundles they are in.

Note: There is a brand of moleskine journals that give you just as good quality (if not better) for half the price of the Moleskine (capital M) brand. That brand goes by the name Piccadilly and can be found in Borders bookstore or online http://www.piccadillyinc.com. They have really good deals so check it out sometime.

<p>This this this this this! I thought I was being (slightly) clever, but I cannot stress what a great solution this is.</p><p>I was partly inspired by <a href="https://peaceablewriter.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/tale30/" rel="nofollow">https://peaceablewriter.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/t...</a> and a soaked hardcover pocket skine that I was unwilling to give up. Reinforcing the spine, this works perfectly - the midori passport size bands are the perfect solutions, also. I have two banding the cahiers to the spine and two banding the inside covers of the two cahiers together. I have my bookmark ribbon attached to a paperclip that is secured between the two cahiers so I can remove it if I like. I also make use of the address book from an old moleskine planner in the back pocket.</p><p>The best part about this OVER a pocket moleskine is that you can mix blank, lined, or graph books, and the perforated sheets come in handy so, so often.</p>
Great Idea! Look, you can go even cheaper and make your own notebooks from scratch- it's really easy! I bind my own notebooks- we call them Hedgehogs. &quot;Invented&quot; (As though cute blank books haven't been around for years) by Lee Peterson, you can check her how to files at the hedgehogsforever Yahoo Group.<br> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hedgehogsforever/?yguid=76553995<br> <br> An excellent replacement for the cashiers you're using as refills is the sketchbook<br> http://www.instructables.com/id/Sketchbook-and-Moleskine-Test-Notebook/ That should take your costs down even further!
Very nice!<br /> Thank you for sharing.<br />
Your idea is awesome! Thanks so much for taking the time to put this on here. I would have never thought to use the soft covers to refill my hard cover (my hard cover ran out and my mom had some soft covers laying around so I tried one but it just isn't the same). I think what I'll do instead of having the rubber bands (because I'm crazy about the way my notebooks look... Really, really crazy.) is remove the (soft)covers, add something to keep the signatures together (a piece of paper to attach it to the hard cover) or just re-sew them, then glue them in.
Glad you liked the idea. Keep us updated on how yours turns out. I'm intrigued by your gluing or sewing idea that eliminates the need for the bands.
I may have to redo it but I have the concept down. I used about 2 and a bit of the softcover notebooks. I cut the pages out of them so they were still all held together in their signatures. I then stacked the 3 sets of signatures and glued (ok, mod pogded.) a strip of thin, fabric, (I think it was muslin) on the back of them (not the side you open to write). Then after re-inforcing the hardcover with some cardboard, I glued in the signatures. I found a tutorial for binding helps make I just said make some sense. Heh. <a rel="nofollow" href="http://tobycraig.livejournal.com/29223.html">http://tobycraig.livejournal.com/29223.html</a> Scroll down to the part where he is gluing on the covers. <br/>
It would be great to see a picture of the finished project.
brillant. i had actually bought the small 'mini' moleskin jornals and hated them becasue they were not hard back. Now i refilled my old one! thanks mate cheers.
Thanks for the comment. I'm glad you like the idea :-)
Thanks. I was inspired by Patrick Ng and his mind.Depositor.<br/><br/>You can check out the original here ...<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://moleskine.vox.com/library/post/minddepositor-by-scription.html">http://moleskine.vox.com/library/post/minddepositor-by-scription.html</a><br/><br/>And not too long ago he built on the idea and came up with a new one here ...<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://moleskine.vox.com/library/post/minddepositor-2---leather-only.html">http://moleskine.vox.com/library/post/minddepositor-2---leather-only.html</a><br/>
Hil!!!<br/>I live in Ukraine and Patrick's Mind.Depositor is sold in Ukraine :) But they are calling how Mind.Depositor 3<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://mind-depositor.blogspot.com/2009/05/minddepositor-3-leather-cover-hand-made.html">it's link</a><br/>
Patrick discovered this Mind.Depositor 3 and wasn't really pleased with it.<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://moleskine.vox.com/library/post/so-called-minddepositor-3-from-ukraine.html?_c=feed-rss-full">http://moleskine.vox.com/library/post/so-called-minddepositor-3-from-ukraine.html?_c=feed-rss-full</a><br/><br/>IMHO I think they look really bulky. I prefer something a little more streamlined and thin which is why I enjoy the moleskine so much.<br/>

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