Travelers Notebooks- Inserts

traveler's notebook insert

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!

travelers notebooks insert

So many papers!

 

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.

travelers notebooks insert

A4 sheets of Midnight Blue metallic paper against Tomoe River sheets, which are slightly larger than A4.

 

My Tomoe River paper sheets are slightly larger than A4, so I have to trim a bit off the sides to make them fit.

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Trimmed sheets using a rotary cutter.

 

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).

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Rounded corner

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.)

travelers notebooks insert

Folding into booklet form using a bone knife.

Trim some more (sigh).

More trimming since there is some overhang between the sheets and the cover

More trimming since there is some overhang between the sheets and the cover

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!

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All done!

traveler's notebook insert

Five inserts, many more to go.

This picture shows the metallic covers much better. I love them! Slightly more expensive than regular cardstock, but worth it!

traveler's notebook insert

Metallic covers! I love them so much. Can’t wait to decorate them with stickers.

Tomoe River paper scraps

Tomoe River scraps.

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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