I've read in several places about people enjoying using Moleskines, but since I'm a world class cheapo, I didn't want to pay $12+ for just a notebook.
I decided to create a thin notebook to the dimensions of a Moleskine with only a few pages. This way I could test it out for a week to see if I would actually use it.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
You will need:
-Five sheets of standard paper
-One sheet of paper for your notebook cover
Step 2: Cut Your Paper
Use a pencil to mark where you will cut. I used a marker so it would show up in the picture.
Remember, these dimensions are the same size as a large Moleskine notebook so you can test out the size. They can be made smaller or larger to fit your needs.
Step 3: Folding Your Paper
While this is one of the easiest steps to do, it helps in the end to take your time and make sure that each fold is straight and clean.
After the sheets are folded, place them inside of each other to make a booklet.
Step 4: Staple and Trim
TIP: It really helps to have a stapler that's longer than 5.25 inches. Otherwise you will have to bend half of your pages to get it to reach to the spine (like I had to do).
Next, if you have some of the standard paper outside of coversheet when the notebook is closed (like me), you should trim it off.
Step 5: You're Done! (and Additions)
Though, there are some additions that I made.
I rounded the outside corners to make it look a little closer to a Moleskine. I also added a binder clip and some notecards to add "Hipster PDA" functionality.
Add a pen or pencil and enjoy your new notebook!
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