DIY

2-Step Notebook

07/09/2016

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In two simple steps you can make your own notebooks – it doesn’t get any easier than this! As always, it’s all about beautiful paper and how to utilise it to the maximum. For a while now I’ve had some beautifully textured Remake and Crush paper by Favini saved up for a special project and now that school is starting again, an idea of a do-it-yourself notebook came to mind. I personally carry one with me at all times and go through at least a dozen in a year. Even in the times of smartphones and other handy applications, I still opt for a hand written note over a digital one.

You will need a sowing machine for this DIY, but not advanced skills as all you need to do is to sow in a straight line. And paper, you’ll need paper of course. I used Crush (corn), an eco-friendly paper that has been given a distinctive flecked texture and appearance by adding residues from fruits and nuts in 100gsm as the pages inside, matching it with Crush (kiwi) and Remake (oyster, sand, sky), a revolutionary up-cycling paper produced with by-product from the leather goods industry, in 250 gsm for the covers. Both papers have a lovely textured, soft look and feel, enabling them to handle well under the sowing machine.

Instructions:

Step 1. Choose your A4 paper for the pages and cover. Fold them perfectly in the middle, forming an A5 size notebook. Use 4-6 80-100gsm weight papers as pages, and one max 250 gsm paper for cover.

Step 2. Sow the pages and cover together along the folded ridge with the sowing machine. Make a few practise rounds with extra paper to perfect the speed and length of the stitch needed to pierce through the papers. Use thin thread and medium sized needle.

Done!

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