Introduction: Sketchbook and Moleskine Test Notebook
This instructable explains how to make quick and neat sketchbook that's the same size as a large Moleskine Notebook.
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.
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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
For this instructable you will only need a few, very cheap materials. Most of them (if not all) you can find for free.
You will need:
-Five sheets of standard paper
-One sheet of paper for your notebook cover
Step 2: Cut Your Paper
All five sheets need to be cut the same size of 10.5 inches by 8.25 inches. Scissors work the best to do this. After the sheets are cut and folded (in a later step), each page will be 5.25 inches by 8.25 inches.
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
Take each of your standard paper sheets and your cover sheet and fold them in half. (Have the paper in portrait view and fold it vertically)
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
Open up to your center folded sheet and go to the spine. Staple two staples each about 1/3 of the length of the spine from each end.
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)
Congratulations, you just finished your notebook!
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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