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In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a simple, portable, pocket notebook perfect for jotting down ideas and inspiration using recycled scraps!
I'm always on the lookout for new ideas and inspiration but I can't tell you how many times inspiration strikes at the most inopportune time: when I'm out and about but there is (of course) no paper to be found. I often end up scribbling it down on a questionably wrinkly napkin only to lose it in the depths of my black hole purse.

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

    1. Cut your cereal box to your desired size. To make it easier to fold, score your cardboard lightly at the halfway point with an X-acto knife or rotary cutter.

    2. Cut your pages slightly smaller than the size of your cardboard. I did about 12 sheets, so I had 24 pages. Fold your pages in half.

    3. Position your pages inside your cardboard and staple the spine.

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

    4. On your back cover, make a small slit with your knife at the top corner edge.

    5. Grab your elastic/hair band and thread it through the slit. Make a knot and secure it with nail polish if desired.

    6. Repeat with the bottom corner edge.

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

    7. Optional: Using your corner punch, round the edges of both your cardboard and your pages.

    8. To decorate, I used the end of an eraser and white acrylic paint to make a polka dot pattern. I also had a scrap piece of white contact paper/drawer liner that I used to cover the spine. I then used a gold sharpie and pen to title my pocket notebook.

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

    Feel free to decorate this any way you like; I just wanted to use up some odds and ends materials that I had lying around. I also used the same polka dot technique here! With a cute pocket notebook like this, there shouldn't be any excuse to not jot your ideas down. Keep calm and stay inspired!

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