Easy DIY Notebooks

Easy DIY Notebooks

I am obsessed with cute notebooks but they tend to be a little expensive sometimes. Well, I came across some videos on YouTube on how to make your own notebooks but for a lot of the tutorials, you would need to buy some fancy materials. Since I am not patient enough to order something and wait for it to arrive at my home I came up with a quick and easy way to make my own notebooks.

What You Need

Easy DIY Notebooks

To make a little notebook yourself you don’t need any fancy supplies. All you need is:

  • some normal copy paper (I used white and orange paper for this notebook)
  • cardstock for your cover
  • liquid glue
  • scissors (or a cutter)
  • some paper clips or heavy books to press your paper together
  • If you want to make it a little bit fancier you can also use some patterned paper as well

How To Make Your Own Notebook

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Step1:

Take your copy paper, fold it in half and stack it on top of each other. For this notebook, I used 23 sheets of paper,  which adds up to 92 pages.

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Step 2:

Take another piece of paper and cut it in half. This will be glued to the inside of your cover and secure your pages.

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Step 3:

Add the first half on the front and the second half on the back of your already folded papers. If you used patterned paper make sure the pattern is facing the inside.

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Step 4: 

Now it is time to glue your pages together. Apply your glue on the back of your folded papers

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Step 5:

While letting your glue dry use your paper clips to press the pages together. If you don’t have any paper clips you can also use a heavy book for this. Once everything is dry remove the paper clips.

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Step 6:

The next step is to cut your cover in size. The easiest way for this is to use an unfolded sheet of paper. Place it on your cardboard and add a little bit of space on the top and bottom. Since your cover needs to hold your pages you will have to add some on the left and right of your piece of paper. If you are not sure how big your cover needs to be it is always good to make it bigger rather than smaller because you can easily cut off the left over cardstock in the end.

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Step 7:

Once you have cut out your cover you need to prepare where to fold it. The easiest way is to measure it with your bundle of pages and draw a line where you will have to fold it. Go over the line with the unsharp side of your scissor or your knife

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Step 8: 

Fold the cover.

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Step 9:

Glue in the front and back side of your paper bundle. I used double-sided-tape for this because I was not patient enough to wait for my glue to dry.

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Step 10:

Enjoy your new notebook.


I hope all of my instructions are understandable. If not feel free to ask me in the comments.

Thank you for reading and Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

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The Penpal Book

The penpal bookA couple of months ago I asked over on Instagram if anyone would like to be my penpal and since that day I have been sending mail to three lovely people in Norway, Spain, and the US. Writing, preparing little goodies like washi tape samples and sending letters is so much fun and I hope I will find more and more pen pals over time. To keep track of my penpals, their addresses and the letters I have sent I created this little book which I call the penpal book

The penpal book is a little zine I created. I have talked about how much I love zines before and if you don’t know what a zine is or how to make one yourself you can watch Jordan Clark’s video on how to make a zine here. For my penpal book, I used a DIN A3 sheet of paper because I wanted it to be a little bigger than my usual zines but other than that I did nothing special besides decorating the pages.

The first two pages are there to keep track of my pen pal’s addresses and their Instagram’s.

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The third and fourth page of the penpal book are dedicated to a list of letters I have sent, got a reply and have already answered. Therefore I made a table with four columns. One for who I have sent the letter to, one for the date I have sent it, one to check if I have gotten a reply yet and the last one to make sure I have answered the reply yet.

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Finally, the last two pages are dedicated to a list of ideas of things I could send in my next letters.

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Now I am curious if you have any pen pals your own and what you send them?

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

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What I Did This School Year (Year 11)

What I Did This Schoo Year- Journal Page

Last year wrote a post called what I did this school year and listed all the things I could remember I did. Some of these were smaller and some of them bigger. Since I really like the Idea of looking back at the things I achieved or maybe want to do again, I decided to make a list for this school year too.

A lot of things happened this school year and a lot of things changed. It wasn’t always easy with all the things going on with my family and with me but I managed to work hard, to fight and to end this school year happy as I can probably be.

This school year I…

…wrote 32 Exams

…got my license

…made new friends

…went to Berlin

…went to the youth press conference in Paderborn

…became part of our districts youth council

…went to Brussels

…joined the school newspaper

…started a diary and a bullet journal

…reached 1000 followers on Instagram

…turned 18

…finished/completed 3 journals

…worked hard

What did you do this school year?  Did you do anything special or exciting?

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

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Killing Creativity

Killing Creativity

Creativity: The ability to create meaningful new ideas, originality, progressiveness, or imagination.

A lot of people say I am creative and to be honest I do like to hear that from time to time. But sometimes it reaches a point where telling me how creative I am is actually killing my creativity. It puts pressure on me to create even more and even prettier things. Pressure and force are the two worst things to kill my imagination. How often do I sit in front of a blank page, staring it down, trying to force myself to be creative?

But it doesn’t have to be the pressure to create that is killing my imagination. Most of the time it is the pressure to study, get good grades and always give my best.

A free mind is the key to creativity.

It is easier said than done. I know. I mean this is me talking. The person who overthinks everything and always wants to give her best. I don’t think I will ever reach the state of my mind being completely free at all and yet I manage to be creative from time to time.

First, you have to realize that creating something new can be what frees your mind. It is paradox. It doesn’t matter what you create and if it looks perfect in the end. Nothing ever will look perfect anyways and that is totally fine.

 

Perfection is killing creativity

You have to tell yourself that whatever you do will be good enough because at least you tried. Don’t look at someone’s work and think you can never ever create something beautiful like it. See it as a goal and practice until you get there. As long as you believe you can reach everything you want.

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Sometimes we are the worst thing that can happen to our creativity.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t get inspired at all and if everything fails we can still copy someone else’s work to practice, as long as we give credits to the original artist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Creativity is a wonderful thing and it always will be. We just have to learn how to find it.

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

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How To Make Your Own Journal Bag

How To Make Your Own Journal Bag

A couple of weeks ago I told you about my favorite journaling essentials and one of them was my journal bag.

Since I take my bullet journal and my art journal to school with me every day I needed something to protect them from getting dirty, just like everything else I put in my school bag. This is what my journal bag is for and I love it. But, a couple of days ago one of my classmates thought it would be funny to write his name on it and now I can’t get it off. This is why I have decided to make a new one and to show you how you can make one too.

Here is what you need:

How To Make Your Own Journal Bag

  • Fabric (I used one of my dad’s old button-downs)
  • Something to sew (I used a sewing machine but you can also sew it by hand or glue it together)
  • (some ribbon)

How to make your own journal bag:

  1.  Take the fabric and place your journal on top. Trace around your journal to get an idea of how big your bag is going to be. Leave some space between your journal on the line. Since I want my bag to be able to hold two journals I left some more space. Do the same thing a second time. In the end, you should have two rectangles next to each other.How To Make Your Own Journal Bag
  2. Cut out the shape you just drew. It doesn’t have to be exact. You can still cut off some fabric later
  3. To get a smooth edge on the opening fold both of the shorter edges over and sew the folded pieces togetherHow To Make Your Own Journal Bag
  4. The next thing you want to do is to fold the fabric in half and to stick the open edges on both sides together using pins. IMPORTANT: The inside of your future bag should be on the outside.How To Make Your Own Journal Bag
  5. Sew along the pins and remove them when done
  6. Cut off dispensable fabric
  7. Take two strips of your fabric or some ribbon to create two handles. Both strips should be the same size. Sew them on.Design ohne Titel (3)
  8. Flip your bag over so the outside of your bag now actually is on the outside
  9. Enjoy your new journal bagDesign ohne Titel (4)

I already liked the fabric the way it was but of course, you can decorate your bag however you want.

I hope you can follow these steps. If not feel free to ask. If you do make a journal bag yourself I would love to see a picture of it.

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

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My First Happy Mail

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Just A couple days ago I have received my first happy mail. I always wanted to try it and it turned out to be even better than I expected to be.

I was the one to reach out first to my two pen pals. Here is a list of things I sent them:

  • Washi Tape swatches
  • a random postcard
  • a short letter telling them a little about me
  • a polaroid picture of me
  • paint chips
  • some stickers
  • my favorite zine 

I can’t tell you how excited I was to hear back and how much fun it was to open the letters once I have received them. Here are some of the things I got

Things I have recieved from my penpals

Do you have any pen pals?

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

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