Monday, February 6, 2017

How to make a DIY mini travelers notebook with items you have on hand

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by my blog today :) I have a really cute TN tutorial for you that I created with the bag from a monthly planner kit I subscribe to. It's so easy to make with just a few supplies, here is how I made mine...

Any paper that you like (at least 5x7 inches large)
TN calendar insert (I used this one)
Gift wrap elastics
Paper trimmer
Laminating machine
1/8" hole punch
Corner rounder punch


Print the insert of your choice and fold in half or use an insert you have on hand.

Use insert to measure paper to fit inside your TN, add 1 1/2 inch width for spine if you want a more chunky TN. Also add about 1/8 inch to top and bottom to allow for elastics.

Trim paper and mark where to punch holes for elastics. I also pre-folded my creases before laminating.

Use a corner rounder to round the corners

Laminate paper 

Fold into TN shape while warm

Trim extra lamination off being careful not to cut too close.

Use a heavy duty 1/8 inch punch

Punch holes for elastics where you pre-marked before laminating

I punched 3 on each side and one in the center for the elastic band to wrap around and keep the TN closed.

Lace your elastics as shown (inside)


Double knot and trim off any excess.

Lace one of the tied elastics through the center hole and tie a double knot to keep from coming back through the hole.

Add the insert to the first elastic

You can add dashboards, vellum, acetate etc. to the additional elastics to fill your TN to capacity and enjoy!! I hope this tutorial will help you make your own TN! Tag me on IG: DIYplannergirls when you make yours! I can't wait to see them!

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