Handmade Mini Notebook

Handmade Mini Notebook


Here I am again – the prodigal blogger 🙂

Today, I’m going to share with all you lovely people, a post about the mini notebook I made as a belated birthday present for my sister. I had racked my brain to no end, wondering what to give her and had considered a notebook but wasn’t certain she might use it. This is because anyone who knows my sister, will know how much of a techie person she is. Always tinkering on her iPad, laptop, smart phone… so it was a great relief to me when I noticed that she does carry a little notebook in her bag in which she actually writes stuff.

PERFECT! I thought, that’s the justification I needed. Notebook it is! Oh and I also figured mine will be a better version of her current one because I’ll personalise it with her name. Yay! Great idea!

My euphoric high soon melted into a near panic as it dawned on me that I’d never made a notebook nor had any idea how to go about making one! In comes the internet with its magical inroads to most things knowledgeable. Safe to say I found all sorts of techniques but settled for the one I could easily achieve which was the perfect binding technique.

Now, I’ll show you how the mighty internet saved the day! Plus how I made the notebook 🙂


materials and tools

  • Sheets of white paper
  • 2 pieces of cardboard ( 1 plain and on the 2nd I’d cut out my personalised pattern)
  • 2 binder clips
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Cutting knife
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Sets square
  • Silhouette SD
  • Laptop

Phase 1: Making the Inner pages

  • I cut the sheets of white paper to the required size in small batches of 5-10 sheets at a time using my cutting knife and ruler. This proved to be a lot more difficult and time-consuming than I’d anticipated. I’d originally used  my paper slicer which led to series of disastrous outcomes hence the knife & ruler approach. Though it worked out alright in the end, I will still source for an easier way to get it done in future.
  • When I had the amount I needed, I made sure all the edges aligned and held them together with binder clips as you can see in the image above.
  • With binder clips in place, I then proceeded to apply glue along one side of the fastened sheets and left them to dry before removing the clips.
Glued end of sheets

Glued side of sheets

  • When completely dry I flipped through the pages to make sure these inner pages were properly glued together .
Flipping through pages to ensure glued side is secure

Flipping through pages to ensure glued side is secure

Step 2: Making the Cover

  • First I positioned the glued inner pages on the yellow cardboard to measure off the position & dimensions of the spine.
Measuring the spine

Measuring the spine

  • I the marked off two more lines on either side of the spine, each at an equal width with the spine. Then I marked the width of the book, from the spine to the outer edge of the book, on both sides, still using the inner pages as my guide.
  • I scored the 4 middle lines then cut out the outer lines. I then applied glue to the spine and the 2 other strips on either side of the spine

Ruled yellow cover


  • The cardboard was then glued to the inner pages to form the inner cover of my mini notebook
Inner cover glued in place

Inner cover glued in place

  • Next was attaching the outer cover which I had designed in Adobe Illustrator and had cut out the pattern using my Silhouette SD. The pattern I found on all-free-download.com and modified to suit my needs. I then repeated the previous three steps to attach the outer cover of the notebook.

Voila the notebook is complete!

final cover

Finished mini notebook

Here’s a shot of what it looks like when the cover is opened

Open mini notebook

Open mini notebook

I hope I was able to shed some light on my behind the scenes process, but if it  wasn’t clear enough and you’d like to try your hand at making your own notebook, here is a link to a tutorial video by Damask Love. I used her as one of my resources in creating this project, though I didn’t follow it religiously and added a few twists of my own as you’ll see for yourself.

main image

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