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You can make your own notebooks. It's easy!
One day, when I was in a stationary shop I looked at prices of notebooks. Those cheaper ones had ugly covers. I decided to make notebook on my own! :)

Posted by Marakyo from Olsztyn, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland • Published See Marakyo's 39 projects »
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  • How to make a notebook journal. Handmade Notebook - Step 1
    Step 1

    First step is to fold in half our paper sheets.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Handmade Notebook - Step 2
    Step 2

    When you fold all your paper sheets, fold five shets into one block

  • How to make a notebook journal. Handmade Notebook - Step 3
    Step 3

    Clip them at top. When sheets don't move it's easier to sew them

  • How to make a notebook journal. Handmade Notebook - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using the sewing machine, sew the sheets through the center. Try to do this as accurately as possible. If you miss the center a bit - nothing big will happen but it will be more difficult to glue our grouped sheets right.

    USEFULL TIP: when your sewing machine doesn't have enough power, the needle may be jammed. It's important not to do it quick. Slow sewing is better. Then weaker sewing machines can handle going through paper.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Handmade Notebook - Step 5
    Step 5

    This should be our effect after sewing. Don't mind the threads. When you add glue they'll strengthen our notebook.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Handmade Notebook - Step 6
    Step 6

    Assemble our sewed sheets in one. Add Magic glue on egde where sheets were sewed. Put glue between sewed packs, put it on the spine and pin it with big paper clips. Be carefull not to move them!

  • How to make a notebook journal. Handmade Notebook - Step 7
    Step 7

    Clip whole lenght of the spine, but be carefull! Paper clips should stay clean. If you get them dirty with glue, they may rip your paper sheets. Leave it for about 30-60 minutes to dry a litte.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Handmade Notebook - Step 8
    Step 8

    When glue is a bit drier, put something heavy on your glued sheets and let them dry.It's usefull to put foil or something slippery on bottom and top when we sqeeze our sheets.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Handmade Notebook - Step 9
    Step 9

    When glue is dry it's time to add our cover!
    Crop our two sided scrapbooking paper to size of sheets and glue it to our sheets.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Handmade Notebook - Step 10
    Step 10

    When it dries a bit, cut a strip of paper, which you can glue to our spine.
    Clip it again with the paper clips.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Handmade Notebook - Step 11
    Step 11

    Wait for glue to dry.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Handmade Notebook - Step 12
    Step 12

    You can tap it with clear duct tape.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Handmade Notebook - Step 13
    Step 13

    You can check if your notebook spreads out in a good way. And if everything is alright...

  • How to make a notebook journal. Handmade Notebook - Step 14
    Step 14

    ...voilà!! We have our handmade notebook :D

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Elle
Elle · 4 projects
This is awesome! I'll definitely do this since I have lots of paper from my son's notebooks from last year Happy
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amalia.syamra
amalia.syamra · Kampar Kiri, Riau, ID · 12 projects
thank you so much for this useful tutorial. So easy and simple. I Can't wait to make it.
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Daisy Setzer
Daisy Setzer · Lisse, Zuid-Holland, NL
I have a sewing machine and i am going to make this right now. Thank you so much for this How To.
Marakyo
Marakyo · Olsztyn, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, PL · 39 projects
Wish you luck and I'm very happy it was usefull for you! Wish to see effects of your work! Happy
Daisy Setzer
Daisy Setzer · Lisse, Zuid-Holland, NL
Thank you very much. I turned 2 notebooks into travel journals. I make one for festivals etc. And the other one for experience. I write every (special) day in it. XD
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Marakyo
Marakyo · Olsztyn, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, PL · 39 projects
@rainbaww
A dziękuję Happy miło mi bardzo, że projekt się spodobał!!
Też miło mi spotkać tu kogoś z kraju ^^
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dommie
dommie · Częstochowa, Silesian Voivodeship, PL · 5 projects
no, nareszcie ktoś z Polski {poznałam po papierze kserograficznym z carrefoura} Happy. genialny projekt Happy
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Marakyo
Marakyo · Olsztyn, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, PL · 39 projects
@Grace A.
My pleasure Happy
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CO + K User

Thank you for a great,clear tutorial
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Marakyo
Marakyo · Olsztyn, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, PL · 39 projects
Thank you Happy I used the paper I had in home, but I'm thinking about buying a cuter one for the cover.
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kathleenserene
kathleenserene · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 40 projects
These look great, I love 'em!
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