DIY: HOW TO MAKE A TRAVELER’S NOTEBOOK (CHEAP)

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Have you seen the latest craft craze? I am talking about traveler’s notebooks. Yes. They are nothing brand new, but have you tried using binder rings? OH MY GOSH! WHERE HAS THIS CONCEPT BEEN MY WHOLE LIFE!?

  1. You can make it out of almost everything you already have on hand
  2. It is lightweight and portable
  3. You don’t have to deal with the binding issue (I AM SOLD!)

Guys! Really? What more could a crafter ask for, except more products. But, in all seriousness, I am an “all over the table” type of crafter, so having the opportunity to carry over onto the next page seamlessly…STRAIGHT HEAVEN! Here’s how I did it!

1. FIND SOME LIGHTWEIGHT CHIPBOARD

Before you go out and buy anything, look around your house to see if you have a few empty notebooks lying around. I automatically went out searching for chipboard, only to find there weren’t any in the dimensions I wanted or just plain SOLD OUT! I stumbled onto some old notebooks of my son’s and used the front and back cover for my traveler’s notebook. So, make sure you do not have a few lying around before you get carried away with buying a few. If not, try your local craft store for chipboard (i.e. Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or JoAnn). Once you get your chipboard, cut chipboard to the size in which you want your traveler’s notebook to be.

2. GET A FEW BINDER RINGS

I did have to go out and find me some binder rings. If you just so happen to have these on hand, GOOD ON YOU! I don’t do a lot of smaller albums (my opinion has changed since creating this album), so I had to go out and purchase a few. They were not the easiest to find, but I was able to find some at my local Hobby Lobby (they can also be found at Michaels, or JoAnn).

Punch holes holes in the chipboard you cut to size. I only punched two holes into the notebook I put together, but three or four is common as well. Then add binder rings to hold everything together.

3. GRAB SOME PATTERNED PAPER

If you are a crafter, you should not have to purchase a piece of pattern paper. LOL. I did go through my stash and grabbed the MOST OVERLOOKED PIECES I had, just so I would use them and they would stop being neglected. I coordinated the papers by colors, and even added some white cardstock in for flavor! This concept will help me match photos to papers (instead of vice versa), and produce more spreads. Cut pattern paper to match the size of the traveler’s notebook. I started with 10 pieces. The luxury of this type of traveler’s notebook is that you can continue to fill the notebook until it BURSTS!

4. DECORATE

Next, all you need to do is break out the creativity. I made my first one on a whim, and was just grabbing everything I had right in front of me. I grabbed my best Maggie Holmes embellishments (I am a FAN if you did not know), and went to town. I stuck with the black, off-white, and pink theme.

5. FILL WITH MEMORIES!

Although, this is an album for everyone in my family, I feel the need to use my girly products this time around. If you know me, I do not shy away from using girly collections with my boys. SO, STAY TUNED! I will be using some of my favorite Crate Paper collections with this album.

If you would like to see a full detailed video of how I made this traveler’s notebook, Click the link below.

Products Used:

(2) Chipboard pieces cut from Mead Notebook (front cover & back cover)

Cardstock

Maggie Holmes Ephemera

Adhesive

Dimensions:

Chipboard: 3.5 in by 7.5 in

Pattern Paper: 3.5 in by 7.5 in

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