Going into November I wanted to get started on a notebook where I would list and note my gratitudes. Today I am going to show you how you can create a simple Gratitude notebook of your own in 5 steps. You will need:
- Patterned paper
- Paper for the inside
- Paper piercer/thick needle
- The first step is to print your paper/or just trim your paper if you are not going hybrid with this as I am. I chose to print my papers 2 on one A4 paper.
- Step two is to fold your paper in half. As you do this you are also going to add your inside papers. I find it easier to first fold my front/last page and then gather my inside paper, fold and tuck them in between and then measure and trim the papers.
- For this step I am showing you how to do this with only the cover paper, just because it can be easier to see, but you would want to do this step with all your papers folded. So, for this you will need 2 staples and a pen as you measure out where the staples are going to go. I make it easy, just laying one staple down by the fold on the inside of your papers and just trace where the staple lay with 2 dots.
- Then you will carefully take your paper piercer or thicker needle and poke holes through all your papers. You will do this 4 times, for 2 staples. If your notebook is a bit bigger you might want to add another staple to be sure that they will hold all your papers.
- When you have reached this point you are already done, right? But I wanted the 5th step to be the most fun; embellishing and personalizing your notebook!
I made three different notebooks that can be used for all sorts of things really. I wanted them to be simple, so I added labels to one of them from Drift Off collection and will write on them when I know what I will used that one for.
The second one I made here I added a smaller vellum cover, punched out some stars and made a small tag with one of the beautiful word strips in the Fall is For collection. I also added a piece of twine to jazz it up.
And for the third notebook, that I actually will use as my Gratitude notebook for this November, I added a doily to the binding and used letter stickers for the title.
There you have it, a DIY notebook in 5 easy steps!