The Penny That Saved My Mind

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Intro: The Penny That Saved My Mind

These little books work as my short term memory. I developed them because small note books are poorly made, too expensive, and are too valuable to lose. These short form books go with me every where and have totally redefined the way I work creatively as well as stay on task.

Step 1: Fold Page in Half the Short Way

Step 2: Fold Each Side to the Central Fold

Step 3: Unfold and Fold in Half the Long Way

Step 4: Cut or Tear the Long Centerfold Between the First and Third Folds

Step 5: Fold Along the Long Crease and Open the Cut to Make an X

Step 6: Press Hard on Crease to Align the Pages on One Side

Step 7: Cut an Old Magazine Cover (or Something With Tooth) to Size

Step 8: Staple the Book Down the Center, Pinch From the Outside, or Run It Thought a Sowing Machine to Bind

Step 9: If All Pages Are Attached You Can Cut the Remaining Folded Pages Along the Creases to Open More Pages or Create Panorama Layouts.

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    17 Discussions

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    jessiminicagoodgnus

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It's not 'their' technique, this fold has been around for much, MUCH longer than that site :) I learnt this off mum about 10 years ago, who's known it since she was a kid. So it's definitely not their technique, and as with most origami, the style isn't owned.

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    dougalhjessiminica

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    @jessiminica
    I was about to say that myself until I realised you beat me to it.
    It's not their folding technique, it's been around for ageeessss they just decided to put it on a website so do your research before you call copyright

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    bryandhispup

    7 years ago on Step 9

    These would be GREAT for small sketch books and brainstorming. I could even use Scrap paper and junk mail to create these!!! Thanks for a EASY and Helpful Instructable!

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    truemirror

    9 years ago on Introduction

    ooo this will work great with my homemade recycled paper! thanks for the idea!

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    phapboy

    9 years ago on Introduction

    this is great! easy to make and you can take it anywhere!

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    corvett

    9 years ago on Step 4

    This step 4 is very reminiscent of the Rubik's Magic... I love the idea. I'll have to do this.

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    Superchef

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice notebook. While I love using my moleskine, I can also see the use of these small disposable books. Good instructable!

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    bizydad

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I like it, simple yet cool. Of course, I made one as soon as I read this. These would definitely be a help for me. I already carry around a notebook for ideas, but nothing I can easily put in my pocket. Thanks.

    In second grade, we used to write books, and the moms would "bind" them. The main idea was to cut out cover sized pieces of cereal boxes. The cardboard would be wrapped with decorative paper. If your books tend to get smooshed, folded, etc., it may be something to look into.

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    Kiteman

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice. I use these in lessons, but without the covers, as handy-sized revision booklets.

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    camiller

    9 years ago on Introduction

    http://www.pocketmod.com/

    Click start in the upper right and it lets you format each page with templates(grids, lines, calenders, sudoko, etc) then print the page and follow Rabustos instructions or those from the pocketmod site.

    Or there is a word template and probably others on the net.

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    sept

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice instructable, but please use spell-checking.

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    I used to have a template for these kind of books for WordPerfect 6.0 (the DOS one!), but I lost it. It made for a novel kind of business card with the pages glued instead of stapled. Okay, it was the nineties, I was young, I had a computer... What can I say?