Traveler’s Notebook

Traveler’s Notebook


My name is Tara with Secret Bee Studio, and
I’m going to show you a tutorial on making your own traveler’s notebook using your
favorite paper collections. This tutorial will show you how to make the notebook
cover, the inserts, and create the paper insert that is optional in the picture
tutorial above. So gather your supplies and let’s get started. You’re going to start out with some
chipboard – two pieces for the cover cut at 5 7/8″ x 9″. You can
easily change that for the size of insert that you’ll be using. Then
there’s one small piece for the spine at 1 1/8″x 9″. I have rounded the outside corners of my chipboard pieces, and this just makes it
easier to fold the paper up over them without tearing, but it’s optional. This is where you will want to use lots of sticky adhesive – this will be holding
your pattern paper in place so don’t skimp. You will also need 2 pieces of
patterned paper for the front and back covers of your traveler’s notebook. I used
one 12″ x 12″ sheet so that they would match, and I cut them to 6″x 10 1/2″. Once you have decided which you want for the covers go
ahead and remove the adhesive from your chipboard and lay your pieces on the
wrong side of the paper, and make sure that your rounded corners are to the
outside. You’re going to want to leave a little bit of gap, about 3/4″,
and that’s what we’re going to fold up on to the chipboard. So go ahead and put
your chipboard pieces down on your patterned paper and make sure that you
push down very well. We’re going to add a little bit of adhesive to the edges – this
is where we’re going to be folding our papers up and just to the edges where
you have paper – as you can see mine hangs over a little bit. That’s where I added
that extra adhesive that I didn’t really need but that’s ok – it’s gonna be covered
up with something else. We’re going to start at the corners, and make sure you hold
your paper tightly and fold both of those corners in, and then fold the ends
up and make sure you press down on the adhesive. Once you get both ends done
then you can go to the side and that will be your last piece to fold up. Do
this for both pieces so that you will have your front and back covers
completely covered on the front side with the patterned paper. The next thing
you’re going to need is some sticky back canvas. These come in 8 1/2″ x 11″
sheets and I have cut this one to 3 inches by 11 inches. You will be
adhering this to the right side or the pattern side of your paper. You can see
it has a sticky back so go ahead and remove that adhesive sheet. You’re going
to take your 1 1/8″ x 9″ piece of chipboard and put it directly in the
center of that sticky back canvas, then you’re going to take each of your covers
and put them right next to it, making sure the top and bottoms are even. Leave about an eighth to a quarter of an inch between your pieces of chipboard –
this will allow the book to open and close very easily. Go ahead and bend it
before you start folding anything else in just so you can make sure that you
have enough room there with your sticky back canvas. Once you have that completed
go ahead and fold up the ends covering the chipboard on the inside and your
patterned paper. I use my thumb and I just go in those creases just so it will
fold much easier. Again you can keep folding it – the sticky back canvas is
pretty thin, it folds pretty easily. Cut two more pieces of patterned paper
for the inside of the travelers notebook – my pieces are 5 5/8″ x 8 3/4″. I’ve also rounded the two outside corners to match the outside corners of
the traveler’s notebook. Go ahead and use whatever adhesive you really like to
adhere these to the inside covers. Make sure that when you’re adhering the
inside papers to your traveler’s notebook avoid those creases near the spine so
that when you fold your notebook that paper will not be in the way. Once you’ve
adhered the patterned paper to the inside of your notebook we’re going to
cover up that spine with some book binding tape – 2 inches wide – I got
mine on Amazon. You’re going to cut it just to the inside length of that book –
you don’t want any edges hanging over. Go ahead and adhere it to the inside of
that spine – it’s very sticky and very easy to apply. You will also need some
elastic cord – this is to hold your inserts. I’m also using a Tim Holtz
loop – it’s an elastic loop and that will go around the whole travelers notebook.
I’ve made a mark and I’m using a hole punch to make a hole in the back cover
of the traveler’s notebook. Thread the elastic loop through the hole – the metal
end will hold it in place. It wraps all around the notebook and keeps it
closed. Next we’re going to be putting in our
elastic cord – this comes in a variety of colors and I bought mine at Jo-ann. I
am just measuring the center of my insert here so I get it marked in the
right spot. and we’re gonna be punching three holes using our Crop-a-dile. I’m
going to put one hole at the center of the top and bottom and then two more
about a quarter inch apart on either side of that center hole. Use the small
end of your Crop-a-dile and punch those three holes. When we’re threading
this elastic cord it’s easiest to remember those holes at the top one, two
and three, bottom four, five and six. I’m just going to do some quick
measurements here with this cord but it’s pretty stretchy and you’ll
see that I end up with quite a bit extra at the end. Once you have your cord measured and cut
you’re going to start on the outside of your notebook at hole number five and
insert one end of the cord through and we’re just going to leave a little bit
of tail here on the inside. You’re going to take the other end of the cord
and from the outside insert that into hole number six. Go to the inside of the
book and you’re going to pull that cord all the way up and you’re going to
insert it from the inside out through hole number three.Again pull that cord
and then you’re going to go from the outside through hole number two on the
top so it will just go across. Come back in in the inside of the book, go down and
go out through hole number five, the first hole that you started with. Pull
tight. Go across from the outside and thread
that through hole four on the bottom and then you will be going from the inside
out through hole number one and you’ll pull that again, and go across on the
outside to hole number two, insert that back through hole number two to the
inside. Next take those two inside pieces of
cord and pull them together very very tightly. The next step is to just adjust
this cord making sure that it’s nice and taut. You will see that I move cords up
and pull some down on the inside and the outside to make sure that they’re nice
and tight to hold those inserts in there very snugly. You don’t want your inserts
flopping around so it’s just a matter of moving the cords up and down and pulling
them tightly. Once that’s done tie your cord off and
cut it. Now I always like to make a pocket for
the inside cover and so I just have a piece of scratch paper here that is 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and I’m scoring both sides and
the bottom at 1/4″. Fold those in, and then I cut the corners off at the bottom
just so that they fold together very nicely. I’m also going to angle this
corner so I just pick a spot and I cut up to the corner. You can see I need to
adjust it a little bit here. Then I’m going to take adhesive and put it on
those edges that I folded over – again I’m using score tape because it holds so
well. Then you can just put that pocket in there and it will hold all kinds of
goodies. Now the inserts I’m using in my
traveler’s notebook are 8 1/4″ x 4 1/4″. I have just cut two pieces of patterned paper to cover the fronts of these
little inserts and then I’m going to use the rest of the collection to embellish
them. Once you have your inserts all decorated
the way that you would like, go ahead and insert them in the center of each into
those elastic cords in your traveler’s notebook. Now I’m going to show you how I
made that insert using all of the patterned paper. I just took what
remaining scraps I had of the 12″ x12″ paper collection – this one I’m
simply cutting into a tag and creasing it somewhat down the middle and adding a
little bit of a tulle bow. The second sheet I am simply creasing
right down the center at 5 1/2″ and then folding and rounding the
corners. I do this for this sheet and also for the second sheet. The third
sheet I crease at 3 1/4″ and again at 8 1/4″ just so
it has a little trifold. This piece of patterned paper is cut at 11″ x 12″.
I’m going to put the 12″ side up at the top and score at 3 1/2″ and then turn it so the 11″ side is up and score it at 5 1/2″. I’m going to crease all of those lines and you will see how it makes a
little pocket here. Decide on the configuration, which paper you want up
and on the inside and then take a little bit of adhesive and put just on the
edges of that 3 1/2″ portion that folds up and that will make
your pocket. I’m also rounding the corners of this
piece just to keep everything nice and uniform. This next piece of the insert is
simply a strip of the 4″ x 6″ journaling cards that are still attached.
I’ve creased down each section and then fold it. Once you have all of your
inserts cut and trimmed the way that you would like, go ahead and stack them
together in your favorite way. Then you will find the center and insert it
into your travelers notebook using one of those elastic cords. The final step is to use the rest of
your paper collection and decorate and embellish your traveler’s notebook any
way that you would like. thank you for watching this tutorial – this has been
Tara with Secret Bee Studio

20 Comments

  • Pam Botter

    January 3, 2018

    What a great idea. And so simple. TFS!

    Reply
  • Helen Gullett

    January 3, 2018

    Great tutorial! THANK YOU

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  • cdScrapdat

    January 3, 2018

    That was great…you made it seem so simple. Tfs

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  • Jan McCormick

    January 3, 2018

    Thank you, Tara!! We are going on a trip for Christmas 2018 and I have been planning to make a traveller's notebook but couldn't decide how to do it. This is perfect!!

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  • Craftin' Chaos

    January 3, 2018

    Where can you get that sticky back canvas?

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  • Kiran Patel

    January 3, 2018

    This is very as amazing

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  • Rebecca S.

    January 3, 2018

    What a beautiful TN. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  • Ver Blu

    January 3, 2018

    Beautifully done!! WOW!

    Reply
  • CouzCat

    January 3, 2018

    Terrific tutorial & beautiful project.

    Reply
  • Mercè Soto Codines

    January 3, 2018

    It is very beautiful the traveler's notebook and very cute all the papers. THANKS!

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  • Paper Play with Julie K

    January 3, 2018

    Very nice tutorial!

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  • Cinque Shani

    January 3, 2018

    Beautiful! I may be able to try that!

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  • Peter Bray

    January 3, 2018

    thank you so much for this fantastic tutorial. Just wondering what was the name of the papers you used please. Thank you, Kind Regards.
    Anne
    New Zealand

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  • Loly Borda

    January 4, 2018

    I love this project! And your instructions were very clear! And the paper you used is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  • Maree Forman

    January 4, 2018

    TFS. You demonstrated this beautifully and I loved the finished product.

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  • Erica Fields

    January 4, 2018

    I enjoyed the patient way you gave us instructions and your voice is lovely too. Thanks for taking the time to master the TN.

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  • Lorraine Turner

    January 4, 2018

    Tara, I have never seen a TN before, but just recently I think they must of become a lot more popular.  I've seen more than one video tutorial on hoe to make a TN and I've even seen one on what you might put inside a TN.  Thank you for this video tutorial, it was so clear on instructions I know I would feel confident in having a go to make one.  :O)

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  • Andrea La Vigne

    January 4, 2018

    Awesome tutorial, Tara! I am wondering, though, what is the purpose of the DIY insert you made with the patterned papers? I can see the use for the pocket you made, but what about the other pages? Just curious. I may make one of these for my mom, who is a writer. Tfs! 🙂

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  • Barb McNaughton

    January 4, 2018

    great tutorial-can hardly wait to make one-thank you!

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  • Regine Longchamp

    April 7, 2018

    Hi. Thank you for the tutorial. Can you substitute adhesive vinyl for the bookbinding tape and for the sticky back canvas? Thanks

    Reply

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