How To Make Your Own Traveler's Notebook Refills

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hi everybody its Michelle and in this video I'm going to show you guys how I make some refills for my faux Midori travelers notebook now when making your own refills you have a few options what I'm going to show you are the booklets that I make that are made with a craft cardstock cover and just blank paper and I use 32-pound paper and it's blank and this is how I'm going to make this book but you could also use any cardstock here's some printed cardstock or you can use just colored cardstock for the cover you can also use grid paper this is another option I've done this also I got this giant ream of paper from Amazon and it's not the best quality it's very thin like a refill like loose-leaf notebook paper but it's great for just jotting down notes or scribbling in your books you can make you can put several of these together to make one booklet and you can also use a watercolor paper or any paper that you have that you'd like to make a booklet a dough as long as it's at least about eight and a half by eleven sheet of paper which is the standard size here in the US you're also going to need a ruler and I use this was from the leatherworking because it's non-skid has this cork board backing and it's metal and I can't cut it with my rotary cutter so it's a great ruler to use and I also will need this rotary cutter and I will have links to all of this stuff down in in the blog post actually which will be the link to that will be in the description box below and all these links to everything that I use for my foam Midori will be there blog post so let's get started so to begin making the booklet I just put my craft paper the cardstock on the bottom and then I have tin sheets of paper here which will make 20 pages back in front because it's a pretty thick paper and I didn't want the book to be too bulky so that's all I put in here if I was using this grid paper I would put several more sheets in there because it can handle it because it soaks in so I just put them together and I have it landscape here not court this is portrait that landscape wise and I'm going to fold it in half just fold it in half just kind of make sure that the edges are even and I always try to squeeze down in the middle so that I get a straight line once I have it lined up and then work out from there so we have it in half and what you're going to want to do is make sure that you get a nice line if you have a bone folder or something pretty sturdy just to kind of work in that fold just to push it down make a nice crease on there now don't worry about this we're cutting all of that off we're going to have to cut here on this side and just a little bit at the top because we are going to want this to be 11 centimeters wide and 21 centimeters tall I usually measure everything in inches but when I do these books I use centimeters because that is what works best for measuring for the for dory so first I'm going to cut across centimeters so I'm just going to measure that out and Mark it and 11 centimeters at the top and the bottom I'm not going to draw a line I'm just going to line up my marks with my ruler take my trusty rotary cutter and just start cutting and when you have nice fresh blades this goes right through like butter it is so nice my rotary cutter is very very oh I bought it many years ago for quilting but I didn't have new blades and when I bought new blades to cut on my booklets down it was like night and day sorry until I already need a new blade because if it was a new blade in here we would have been finished already just make sure to keep your fingers out of the way because this will slice into your fingers you can also do this with a straight edged knife like a box cutter just make sure you have a sharp blade on there it'll do the same thing I just like my rotary cutter see this right here it shows you it's important to have a fresh blade because we would have been done and there it goes so we have that side cut now we're going to measure out 21 centimeters and it's just a little bit it's coming off the bottom like half a centimeter and just do the same thing on this side just make sure to hold it down tight keep your fingers out of the way and start cutting this is what I like about the rotary cutter just the rolling back and forth and there we go as simple as that no to fit right into your standard size Midori travelers notebook or your flow Dory that's made in the standard size I've been making these to add to the covers that I've been selling I I don't bind them I leave them like this so that you can add more papers later if you'd like because you don't really need to bind them when you're using the elastic and that's it see how simple that is then remember all of the supplies will be linked in the blog post and I will put a link to that blog post in the description box below if you have any questions about how I made this just put it down in the comments and I'll get back to you as soon as possible you guys have a great day and I will see you next time Oh


23 Comments

Maran Nacional · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

hi! What if the inserts have designs, is it still safe to do this method?? I'm scared to cut it off this way.

Elizabeth Ambriz · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

Where do you buy the elastic??

monopatilog · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

Thanks for the video! is that blank paper good for fountain pens?

Alex Quinn · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

hi, can i use scissors? I dont have a box cutter or rotary at the moment (if i do its not unpacked). thanks.

Susan Jacquier · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

Thanks for a great video. I make fauxdoris for children, and the idea of not binding/ stapling is such a brilliant idea, as they can 'remove' mistakes without spoiling their booklets ( and add and mix), …..so clever !!! ( why didn't I think of that 🙂 ? ). Thanks again.

bev692 · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

can I ask what brand and size is your cutting mat?

Shirley Haberle · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

How would make a insert for a Deluxe Pemberley a6' I'm not sure how to measure to make my inserts.I didn't buy any inserts, thought I could make it, thanks. You make it look easy

Artshealing · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

I like the metric system for this measurement, easier to remember thanks

Alexandria Diaz · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

Ack! These are fab, thanks!

madhatters crafts · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

thank you

Alexandria Evans · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

can i make refills by using regular lined paper? how would that work?

electrabot · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

thanks for sharing! i didn't want to have to buy a big cutter with a blade. ill try the rotary knife tho 🙂 thank you.

reychop_EXE · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

I find that if I can't get a straight edge, a nail file or sand paper can smoothen them.

Dani · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

Oh, right, it's a good idea not to bind.

Creative Scorpion · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

may I please ask what's the charm on the outside of your notebook. I want something there but I don't know where to find the pieces. what is it called please. thank you!

Creative Scorpion · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

wow! I have a rotary cutter I used once. I bought a box cutter to make notebooks for my midori. I can't use scissors and make a straight line so my books are jagged. thanks for this idea. I'll go over them. thanks so much.

Janie Melgoza · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

Nicely done, Thanks for sharing! !!

dottygin · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

I like the idea of making my own paper pads, as we can mix the paper styles  up a bit. I love mixed media work, and this would suit my needs. I could take out the page, work on it so I don't wet the other pages. when done and dry I can pop it back in. thank you Michele. x

MsPopRouge · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

Wow! just found your video, liked watching you. We have similar interests, check me out sometime. 🙂

Michael Mays · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

Go too http://www.printablepaper.net and you can print your own lined paper on any stock your printer will handle.

fedicia1 · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

Excellent demo!

David · July 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

Thanks for the video on this.  I'm considering buying a midi, and this is helpful.

One recommendation…I think binding the small booklets is still very important.  Paper can sometimes shift, and if it's held down, or together with other papers, it will help stuff not shift while writing on it.  I'd imagine the elastic needs to be quite taught to keep the pages from moving otherwise, and from what I've seen, it doesn't seem like that's the case.  I did quite a bit of book binding work in the past, and there's some easy stitching options you can do that don't involve buying a special stapler to handle it.

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