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These notebooks are REALLY simple to make, and are pretty inexpensive. I’ve used notebooks like this for quite a while to sketch out ideas (the graph paper is great for that!) and keep lists of materials for upcoming projects.

If you don’t want to make your own, I’m selling these handmade, unique notebooks in packs of 3!  Buying them helps support my projects!

These are the things you’ll need, although you could get by with some PVA glue, an X-Acto and a stapler

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I chose a radio repair manual for my cover material, but you could choose anything. ie. comic books, gift wrap

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Cut bristol board (1) and graph paper (10-12) to 7″ x 5.5″

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These cheap paper cutters make the cutting very quick and easy.

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Cover the bristol board with PVA glue, but don’t over do it!

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Spread the glue out evenly and cover the whole surface.

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Lay the bristol on your cover material and smooth out any bubbles.

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After it’s dry, cut off excess cover material.

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Find where the staples will go, at 3.5″ in.

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It helps to put the stapler by a ruler for a point of reference.

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Add at least three staples down the middle.

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Chop off the corners with a strong corner punch.

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Rounding the corners helps the book hold up if it spends a lot of time in your pocket or purse.

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Not necessary, but it helps to use a straight edge to start the center fold.

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That’s it!! You’ve got a handmade pocket notebook!

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Now make it your own!

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