DIY Journal Planner Update

Back in April I wrote about making a planner (here) and then I wrote another post about making the signatures (here). I have since made a second book that is better than my first attempt.

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The new book is more for writing and less for work. My first one still works well due to the smaller and more portable size. I have hopes of reworking and making a new cover for it. The second journal is 9×17 inches and holds eight 8.5 H by 5 3/4 W signatures.

The signature paper is good quality copy paper in 8.5 by 11 folded in half. I used five sheets and then added a second insert of five sheets. Make sure to do two seperate inserts. Five sheets fold better than using ten sheets. Make sure you have a good even crease before you punch your holes. Put two together face down flattening the crease and put four evenly spaced holes. I kept trying to measure, but I did better eyeballing it. I used the inner core of some paracord my husband had lying around to sew them up. I started with the first hole inserted from the back holding about an inch and a half tail and sewed the holes up. To make sure the stiches held I went back through the stiches and tied it off.
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This the inside of the signature.

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The outside of the signature.

For the cover I used some green buffalo suede I ordered from Distant Drums Online. A store I found on Ebay, super nice folks and great customer service. My husband with the help of Youtube Darkchild 57’s high capacity travel journal video. Cut the leather and set the cover to hold eight signatures of ten sheets each or 160 pages. If you want to try this, I highly recomend watching both of his journal making videos. He offers a lot of great tips. We did add a pocket to the front cover and we haven’t put the buttons on. Once those and a few other loose ends are tied up it will be finished.

It took all afternoon to set up, cut, sew and put everything together. Cost wise I would say $15 for the leather and there is enough leftover to make a second cover for my work planner, $7 for the 500 pack of paper, $1.47 for the elatic cord and the paracord was scrap from another project. So $13.25 plus time spent with my hubby makes it a one of a kind special.
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Cheers, james

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Project Notebook

New page posted (here)

I have had an idea bouncing around my head for awhile. I love writing, reading, and an budding interest in book binding. I am learning to make signatures which you sew multiples together to create a book. However I have learned by sewing down the middle of one set of signatures, I can make a small booklet of about 24 pages. I also have figured out that using a heavier sheet of cardstock or poster paper makes a decent cover. I used the booklet method to make my planner. So I would be able to have multiple inserts for different things. Still working the kinks out of said planner. I’ll post more about it later.

A blank page can be intimidating for someone getting into writing, I thought smaller sheets would be less threatening than a full 8.5 ×11page. Time will tell if this idea bears fruit. NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNo are great ideas and I love the idea of sparking someone’s inner writer. Writing has been a rock in the whirling Maelstrom of Life. A place I sought refuge in, a place I grew in. Reading also is a big part of that, I miss not reading five or so books at once. Reading and writing give you keys to another realm, another world and it can be hard to open yourself up to it. But Katie bar the door once you open yourself, to let it consume you, because you’ll never be the same.

I can’t imagine giving someone a greater gift, especially with the small price tag of a lil time, paper, and string. Hence Project Notebook was conceived and born among the swirling thoughts and ideas of inspiring someone to write. To give a person that chance to discover the power of words, of ink flowing from your pen and the desire to tap that inner wellspring.

That and more is my hope, my wish, my passion for Project Notebook. Cheers, james

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