Over the past year, I have made numerous notebooks and journals. I’m practicing and developing prototypes to sell, but I also enjoy making them with The Tornado. Truth be told, she isn’t as excited about making them as I am, but she loves having personalized books for her notes, detective work, journaling, and now, her poetry.
We have been studying classical poetry and have been writing our own. In fact, we recently wrapped up our author study of William Blake and I had an idea to create our own poetry journals to keep track of our own creations, as well as phrases/poems that we read and enjoy. I have kept a poetry/quote journal on and off for as long as I can remember and it’s fun to look through some of them now and reread what I have written/found.
Here’s how to make your very own composition-styled notebook at home. This is a long tutorial so take some time to read it before you dive in to making one.
- Glue: Elmer’s Glue-All or PVC Glue or Mod Podge. I love Mod Podge but for notebooks, but when I am making them for everyday use (not to sell), I just use Elmer’s. I also use Elmer’s Stick Gel Glue for the spine and embellishments.
- Magnetic Cutting Mat & Magnetic Ruler: Save your tabletops and keep your lines straight with this. I have a separate green one for fabric and use this one for paper.
- Ruler: You will need a second ruler, too.
- Utility Knife: This is self explanatory, but you will need one.
- Binder Clips: I would never be able to do any of this without these. I am a shaker, so this helps me steady myself.
- Stylus: This is a double sided pointy tool and used for poking holes. You can use anything you have on hand, but if you can buy one, please do. It will save your sanity.
- Nail file: Just use an old worn out one. You will need this for smoothing out your page edges.
- Pencils: Just one with a sharp tip.
- Decorative Tape and Scissors: Self-explanatory
- Embroidery Thread and Needle: Any color is fine. You will also need a needle (medium size).
- Paper Cutter: (not pictured) but you should have one of these if you find it difficult to cut straight (like me).
- White Printer Paper: Regular letter size.
- Photo or Scrapbook Paper: I used a photo from an old calendar. I tend to recycle paper and other materials.
- Heavy-Duty Card stock: I buy mine on sale at JoAnn’s Fabric.
- Piercing Block: I use my old iPad case but you can use anything that does the trick.