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Superstar This project was by Crafty Superstar #51: It's Chloe

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New York, ny, United States
2011
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Keep a pocket notebook handy.

This week, I’ve started coming to terms with the fact that if I don’t write things down, I’ll forget about them. Yes. I’m getting old.

SO, for this edition of Make Monday, I thought it would be a pretty good idea to keep a pocket notebook handy. This not only will help me remember who I’m supposed to meet up with but will also help me get rid of some stationary scraps and unused paper in my archived journals.


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Instructions

  1. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 1 1

    I started by tearing out some unused paper from journals and sketch books, and also used an envelope and some label stickers from my stationary pile.

  2. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 2 2

    I stacked all of the papers and paper clipped them to the envelope to cut everything to the same size.

  3. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 3 3

    but before I started cutting, I made sure that there was a 1/2 inch allowance between the top corner of the paper and the envelope, because when all of the paper gets folded, I didn’t want it to come out further than the envelope cover.

  4. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 4 4

    the next step was to fold the envelope in half and cut the top flap into two!

  5. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 5 5

    ten I folded all the cut, assorted paper in half and pressed down the crease, the best the I could, with the side of the scissors

  6. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 6 6

    paper from a sketch book is usually thicker and nicer than regular paper. I sometimes cut squares of it, to keep in my notebook just in case I need to write someone a note. A note from nice paper is just a little bit nicer to receive, as far as I’m concerned. With this in mind, I decided to perforate the sketch paper that was going to be in my notebook, just in case I want to tear it out.

  7. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 7 7

    I folded the paper about a half inch apart from both sides of the middle crease, and made a couple of slices along the folds, with an exacto knife. (if you don’t have an exacto knife, I bet poking holes with a needle would work fine too)

  8. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 8 8

    the slits were about this far apart from each other.

  9. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 9 9

    then I aligned all of the paper to the order I wanted, by lining it on top of the envelope, and securing it together with some paper clips. ( I added one more piece of lined paper, before the next step)

  10. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 10 10

    I fed the unfolded stack of paper through the sewing machine, veeeery slowly, to make sure I didn’t break the needle and it went through 9 sheets of paper.




  11. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 11 11

    ...

  12. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 12 12

    I re-creased it, and was almost done before realizing that the sewing machine kind of left the binding looking pretty crappy.

  13. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 13 13

    ugh.

  14. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 14 14

    I took one of these postal stickers that I instinctually have been grabbing from the post office since my days of dabbling with graffiti art.

  15. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 15 15

    painted over it,

  16. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 16 16

    cut it up, and covered the matted binding of my new pocket notebook!

  17. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 17 17

    I’m really excited to have a reason to write out a note,

  18. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 18 18

    have a way to keep track of the dates,

  19. How to make a notebook journal. Pocket Notebook - Step 19 19

    and to have a safe keeping place for all my good fortunes!

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