Handmade notebooks

 

 

In a few weeks, I will be holding my very first, solo craft stall, selling my new stationery range.  I’m actually very excited about it, although simultaneously, a touch apprehensive about whether or not my handmade notebooks will be a hit (fingers and toes crossed!).

So far, I have designed three different notebook collections and besides these, there will be gift tags, bookmarks and postcards, which I will sell at the craft fair.  Overall, the designs are all quite different.  My first notebook collection is a mixture of magazine collage and paint. The second batch combines photographic flowers and digital art and last but not least, my third collection, features a hand-painted pattern.

I had my first set of designs printed and bound by a professional print-shop.  The quality is excellent and they look and feel very high-end indeed!  For the other designs, on A5 and A6 notebooks, I had the covers printed professionally, to get the high quality print and stock that I was looking for.  I decided for these, however, that I would bind them myself.  Even though it is quite time-consuming, they were pretty easy to assemble.

 

Handmade notebooks

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To make your own A5 notebooks, you will need

  • notebook covers
  • ruler
  • blunt, round-ended knife (I used a butter knife)
  • cutting mat
  • long-arm stapler
  • plain A4 paper

 

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On the inside, find the centre of your notebook, where it will need to be creased for folding.

 

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With your blunt knife, score over a few times, so it creates a groove in the paper. Add some pressure when doing this, but be careful not to break or cut the surface of the card.

 

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Fold your notebook cover, where you have marked your folding-crease.

 

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With your A4 plain paper, fold each one in half across the shortest dimension (the width).

 

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I used twelve sheets of paper for my inserts, plus a coloured, A4 sheet for the first and last pages. Use your long-arm stapler, staple near each end of the crease and fold.

 

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And there you have your very own handmade notebooks!

 

Here are a few more handmade notebooks for inspiration

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Eyelet bound notebooks by Damask Love 

 

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Personalise your front cover with photographs. This one is by Minted

 

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Embroidered notebooks by Mollie Makes

 

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Homemade journals by A Beautiful Mess

 

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DIY cereal box notebooks by Créme de la Craft

 

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Dipped gold leaf notebooks by eat sleep cuddle

My notebooks (and more that I will be making) will very soon be for sale through my blog and on Etsy.  This is a very exciting time for me; I have so many more ideas that I want to produce, so stay tuned!!

 

Emma Jayne x

 

 

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