It is very satisfying to design and make your own pad or jotter. You get to choose the colour, the size and materials to use. You can have as few or as many pages as you like and create something personal to you. I have made different ones for specific uses. Also they make lovely gifts for friends and family.
- First I print the cover design on whatever card I have chosen. This can be textured or smooth, coloured or white, but bear in mind it will need to hold a good crease.
- I then cut whatever paper I am using for the inside to size.
- Fold all pages in half and crease.
- Punch holes where you want the stitching to be along the crease-line and sew together using strong thread.
All that remains is to trim the edges of your notebook and your are ready to go! The tricky part is actually starting to write in the notebook. You want it to be special as it is the first page, but this can be a bit daunting. I read somewhere to leave the first page blank and begin on the second, so I can’t be the only one to feel this.
There are good reasons for using both paper and tablets for note taking, but for me the pleasure of a handmade paper one wins. What do you think!