Today I want to show you how easy it is to make your own Traveler's notebook.
What I love about this is that I get to choose what type of paper, what pattern I have on the paper and the cover I want to use.
Here are my supplies:
- Hammermill Premium 24lb Paper
- Business Source Long Reach Stapler (62827)
- Paper Trimmer
- Strong Clips like Binder Clips
The resources I used are FREE online from Incompetech for their different paper patterns you can use to print onto your paper of any size.
Click on the link for Incompetech and choose these settings for 8-1/2 x 11 grid pattern.
Choose your size of pdf (Paper) (ex. 11x17 inches*)
Choose your minimum border (set at 0 to be to the edge)
Grid Line Weight (set at .50 points)
Grid Spacing (4 lines per inch)
Grid Color (default to Light Grey)
*Now for printing, I did something different in order to not have the logo at the bottom of my paper.
I first choose a size larger than my paper when I downloaded the pdf. I chose 11x17 for my 8.5x11 inch paper and here is why.
I wanted the logo to be off the page and the graph to run off the page (no bleed) as well.
So here are my printer settings to get that effect: (click to enlarge)
I chose "Size" and set it to Actual Size. Now choose your paper to be Landscape setting even though your paper feeds as Portrait.
The reason for this is shown in the graphic above in the large oval area. You want the logo that is at the bottom of that paper to not show so you have to trick the printer
by telling it the paper is printed at landscape. WHALA! You have grid paper!
Now you just need to print these on the front and back and you'll need 15 sheets.
FOLD and TRIM
Gather your paper in stacks of 5 sheets of paper and make sure they are aligned.
Now you will fold them in half on the widest size. So lay your paper landscape (11 inch side) and fold in half. Use a credit card or bone folder to create a strong crease.
Once you have the 3 stacks of 5 sheets of paper, folded in half, you will need to get out your paper trimmer.
Place the crease at the 4-1/2 inch mark, open the set of papers and then cut off 1 inch from the side. Flip the paper over and repeat. You are removing 1 inch from the left and right side of the booklet (sheets).
Once you have finished all 3 sets of papers (15 sheets total), you will now need to remove 3/8 inch off of one end of the portrait side (8.5 inch side).
I chose the side that had a white space with no graph printed on it, so it looked like my graph bled to the edge of the paper.
Now you are ready to Assemble!
Choose your cardstock you want to be the cover of your notebook and cut it 1/8" larger than your papers on both sides and top/bottom.
Once this is cut, you will want to place all three 3 sets of papers together, fold over with the cover on top.
Use binder clips to clamp the top of the two sides in place.
Now using your book stapler, you will staple first in the middle of the booklet along the folded crease. From there, you can choose how many more staples but I did the top/bottom staples
about 1-1/4 inch from the ends. Now it's done!
You are ready to start journaling!
See ya on Periscope!