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If you're like me, you like to have a journal (or some sort of pen-and-paper recording capability) with you at all times.  And unless you like writing in blood, you also like to have a writing implement with you.  During a recent trip, I devised a quick and easy way to make a pen holder for my journal.  I know there are several other Instructables that accomplish this momentous task, but this is the simplest strategy I've seen and it doesn't require altering your notebook and tools (scissors, rulers, etc.) are totally optional.  Also, I like minimalist designs whenever possible, and here it's nice because the pen holder doesn't add much size to the journal.
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Step 1: Materials

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- Journal (Personal favorite: Moleskine)
- Pen (Personal favorite: Pilot G-2 05)
- Gorilla tape (Personal favorite: gorilla) - important to use heavy duty tape like these; packing, masking, or scotch tape won't be as durable or reliable. And gorilla tape is black so it looks great with the Moleskine!

Step 2: Prepare the tape

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  1. Cut a piece of tape long enough to sufficiently adhere to the front of the journal, wrap around the pen, and then sufficiently adhere to the back - about 4.5 inches.  Lay this strip of tape sticky-side-up on the table.  Repeat.
  2. Cut a piece of tape just long enough to protect the pen from the sticky side of the other strip - about 1.25 inches.
  3. Lay this second strip of tape in the middle of the first (longer) strip, sticky side to sticky side.  BEFORE YOU START: it's good to stick the pieces together in such a way that gives them at least a little of the curvature they'll have when in place on the journal (see photo).  This way their eventual curvature will be more natural.
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 for second long strip.
gracielee5 months ago

good, easy, simple. Stuff you already have in your house. If you wanted to make it a little fancy you could use some of those scissors that cut designs, but don't go overboard. I'm going to do this, thank you

do you honestly need instructions for this
It's a simple idea, but its a good one. I've hacked up a more complex and less elegant solution to this problem and I appreciate putting the idea and how to out there.
tcone (author)  oldmicah1 year ago
Many thanks for the support. Always interesting to see new and different ways of doing things!
tcone (author)  flameheadrod1 year ago
I thought I was pretty clear in emphasizing the simplicity of the process. I'm sure most don't need instructions to do this, but the point of this website is to share how you made or modified things, regardless of complexity. Thanks for your illuminating comment.