DIY Notebooks for School

Hello We R friends, Laura here today. It is time for back to school and today I am going to show you how you can create your own custom cinch notebook using three different types of paper – ruled, graph, and plain printer paper. Often at school my kids will need different types of paper. Creating a custom notebook allows you to use all three papers in one bound notebook.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

My printer paper was the largest, and I wanted the notebook cover to be a little larger than the paper. I started by trimming my cinch board to 9” by 11 ½”. It is easy to trim the board with a craft knife and the help of the supreme ruler to keep everything nice and straight.

We R Memory Keepers Supreme Ruler

Next, I trimmed my cover paper to be slightly larger than the cinch board. I used a glue stick to attach the paper to the front of each board. I ran my embossing stylus along the edges of the board so that it would be easier to wrap the paper around the edge.

We R Memory Keepers Stylus Tool

Using red sticky tape, I attached the paper to the back side of the covers by wrapping and folding it over the edge.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersCustom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I trimmed another sheet of coordinating paper slightly smaller than the cinch board. I attached it with a glue stick. I went over the whole thing with the large bone folder to make sure it was secured well. This technique creates a nice finished cover and back for the notebook.

We R Memory Keepers Large Bone Folder

Next, I created dividers for each section of the notebook. I trimmed the cardstock to the same size as the cinch cover. Then, I used the tab punch board to create large size tabs on each sheet.

We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board

Now it was time to create the notebook. I used the cinch tool to punch holes in the front and back covers, the divider tabs, and each stack of lined, graph, and blank paper. I played around with the hole placement on some scrap paper to make sure everything would be centered and lined up on the finished notebook.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool

To hide the wire seam on the inside of the notebook, first place the inside pages on the wire. Then place the back cover and lastly the front cover. Use the cinch tool to close the wire.

We R Memory Keepers Cinch binding tool

I added some of the letters from the playful icons paper stack to spell out ‘NOTES’ on the front cover.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Inside, each divider got one of the fun sentiments from the paper pad.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersCustom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory KeepersCustom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love how this notebook turned out. I think it will be great for back to school. You could also do something similar with different papers to practice hand lettering or different types of art mediums.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Of course, you could easily add all these papers to a binder, but when I am writing, I like to be able to fold the cover back on itself. And having everything all together with the custom tabs and paper means you can create exactly what you need for back to school.

Custom Cinch Notebook by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies

Cinch Book Board

Supreme Ruler

Craft Knife

Trim & Score Board

Large Bone Folder

DCWV Playful Icons Paper Stack

Cardstock

Tab Punch Board

Cinch Tool

Cinch Binding Wire

 

 

 

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