- 1 sheet of heavy 8.5×11 Cardstock Paper (I used Brazzil Scrapbooking paper in the color ‘lollipop’. I would recommend purchasing this in person at a craft store so you can feel the weight/texture in person, one sheet is typically under $1)
- 14 sheets of 24 lb Printer Paper (I used this)
- printer (A duplex printer is best at lining up the dots on the front and back of a page. I prefer using my Canon inkjet printer for the dot grid instead of my Brother laser printer, the inkjet prints a beautiful dot grid whereas the laser prints a pixelated dot grid and gives the paper a strange texture.
- Metal ruler
- Utility Knife
- Heavy Duty Thread, needle, 5 pins, and tacky gluestick OR a long reach stapler
- Self healing mat or cutting board
- Corner Rounder
- 1 small piece of 220 grit sandpaper
- PDF Grid patterns zip file
1. Cut your cover cardstock into a 7.5×9.5 sheet and fold it in half to make a 7.5×4.75 cover. Download the grid pattern zip file and unzip. Choose the pdf for the grid pattern you want to use and print your grid onto the front and back of the 14 sheets of 24lb paper. Fold this paper in half width-wise and place into the fold of the cardstock cover.
2. Align the grid pattern with the cover and carefully push 5 pins through the paper and cardstock booklet from the inside fold.
3. Thread your needle with ~3ft of thread. Match up ends of thread, do not tie off. Remove the first pin from the book while holding the paper together. Push the threaded needle through the pinhole from the outside, pulling the thread through until 1 inch of thread remains on the outside of the book.
4. Glue the remaining 1 inch of thread down along the spine using a very tacky gluestick.
5. When the glue has dried, continue sewing up and down back down the spine while holding the glued thread ends in place.
6. Bring your needle back through the original hole and pull until taught.
7. Apply glue up and down the sewn spine and let dry.
8. Trim the excess thread from the inside of the booklet.
9. Use your metal ruler and utility knife to trim the inner pages down to match the cover size on all three sides.
10. Use a corner rounder to round the edges of your notebook, be careful not to exceed the number of pages your corner rounder is designed to cut at one time.
11. Take a piece of fine grit sandpaper and smooth out the edges and corners. That’s it! You can flatten your notebook by placing it under a pile of heavy books or creating a makeshift bookpress with two wooden cutting boards and a few clamps.
Here is a picture of a quick weekly layout I did on the inside of bullet journal. I need to work on my lettering a bit but I love it! Here I was using the Micron
005 and 02 pens.
Obligatory bleed-through photo: as you can see there is no bleeding though the pages due to the heavier 90gsm paper weight, and you can barely see the writing on the other side.
Check back soon for the hardcover notebook tutorial, happy Bullet Journaling everyone!
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