My Tomoe River paper was just sitting in a corner so I decided to make some inserts for my two A5 Traveler’s Notebooks. In the Philippines, Tomoe River paper may be ordered from PenGrafik.com.
First I had to visit a paper shop two hours away. It was worth it though, they have the prettiest papers! I purchased about a ream of metallic cardstock in different colors. I love metallics because the coating makes it semi-water resistant, and I just love them, period!
After selecting my papers ( which came in huge sheets) I waited to have them cut into A4 pieces. i cut them in that size because I use A5 Travelers Notebooks, and A4 folded = A5.
My Tomoe River paper sheets are slightly larger than A4, so I have to trim a bit off the sides to make them fit.
I personally prefer rounded corners to my papers (so the edges don’t curl as easily), so I use a border trimmer (in this case the Kadumaru Pro).
So now it’s time to make the actual booklets. Carefully ( this is the part where I always mess up) I fold the paper into the covers using a bone knife to flatten the spine. Then I stable bind the spine using my long stapler (it’s specifically for booklets.)
Trim some more (sigh).
Finally, they’re done! Not the neatest, but I hope to improve and speed up my process with practice. I’ve got lost of paper left to go!
This picture shows the metallic covers much better. I love them! Slightly more expensive than regular cardstock, but worth it!
The only problem is, so much waste is generated. Sigh, I hate that! It’s why I use A5 in the first place. Oh well.
That’s my process. I hope to be making more sizes soon.
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