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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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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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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The “flow BOOK FOR PAPER LOVERS”

Yesterday I found this book at my favorite bookstore and I just had to get it. I couldn't resist. The book is called "flow BOOK FOR PAPER LOVERS" and was made by flow magazine. It has more than 300 pages of pretty paper, tags, journaling cards... and is divided into three different section called print studio, paper studio, and pattern studio.

Yesterday I found this book at my favorite bookstore and I just had to get it. I couldn’t resist.  The book is called “flow BOOK FOR PAPER LOVERS” and was made by flow magazine. It has more than 300 pages of pretty paper, tags, journaling cards… and is divided into three different section called print studio, paper studio, and pattern studio.

Print Studio

The print studio contains writing paper, tags, postcards, envelopes, all kinds of different stickers and my favorite a pop-up typewriter. They all come in different designs and are super cute.

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Every sheet of writing paper has an icon on the front and a pattern on the back. There are 23 different sheets in all kind of different designs. They are perfect for writing letters and pen paling (what a surprise) but you can also use the for any other craft project and journaling.

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Next are these beautiful tags. There are 26 different ones and I love every single one of them. They have a pattern on the front and an icon as well as lines to write on on the back.

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There are 12 different little postcards you could also use as journaling cards.

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Following are 12 cut-out envelopes in different designs.

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My absolute favorite is the pop-up typewriter. Not only do I love typewriters in general but also love the color and idea of this.

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The last thing that is contained in the print studio is 6 sticker sheets.  Two of them are alphabet stickers, two other sheets have pink hearts, stars, and flowers on and the last two sticker sheets hold circles with different designs.

Paper Studio

The paper studio contains office stationary, tissue paper, wrapping paper, stickers, colored paper, a garland saying “let’s stay home”, mini posters as well as a large poster, fold-your-own paper boats, a 3D poster, mini booklets, which are the cutest, and finally monthly calendar sheets.

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The office stationary includes 6 sheets of paper with different designs on the front and the back. There are different types of graph paper as well as lines paper.

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Next are 6 designs similar to the picture above.

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I absolutely love the tissue paper, which comes in 3 different designs. I can’t wait to use them.

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The paper studio also includes 4 sheets of different wrapping paper which can be used for all kinds of projects besides to wrap presents.  Each sheet has a different design on each side.

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Next are 2 different sheets of this kind of stickers.

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This is my favorite out of the three small posters which have different designs on each side.

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I also love this side of the big poster and I am definitely going to put this up on my wall.

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The let’s stay home garland is blue on the one side and yellow on the other side.

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Next are the fold-your-own paper boats. At first, there is a short explanation of how to fold a paper boat followed by 11 sheets of paper with different designs on both sides to fold your boat with. The design on the left of the second picture is my favorite.

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Aren’t these super cute?

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Last, there are these monthly calendar sheets with different designs. Now, there are also a lot of different sheets of colored paper in this part of the book

There are also a lot of different sheets of colored paper in this part of the book.

Patterns Studio

The last section of the book contains cut-out flags in various designs, a create your own landscape poster with stickers, a lot of patterns, some more wrapping paper, mini cards, stickers and patterns you can color in yourself.

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The first part of this section includes 12 sheets of cut-out flags in all kinds of colors and patterns.

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Following is the create-your-own landscape poster with stickers but I am pretty sure I will use the stickers elsewhere.

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Next are 10 sheets with lots of different patterns. Again, they can be used for all kinds of projects.

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There are also 8 more postcards.

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This part of the book includes two more sticker sheets. The second one has glitter on the stickers but you can’t really see it in the picture. I love the first sheet of those two because the stickers are kind of random.

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There are also 12 sheets of patterned paper you can color yourself.

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Lats but not least are four more sheets of wrapping paper and I am so happy they included the “retro design” in these because I absolutely love it and can’t wait to use it. Each sheet of wrapping paper has a different design on each side.


I think this is the fourth edition of the flow book for paper lovers and I am so happy to have found it. I got the book for 20€ which is really cheap considering how much stuff is in there.

What do you think about this book?

Lots of Love

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Journaling essentials

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Today I want to share my five favourite journaling supplies that are either cheap or even for free.

1. A bag

I keep this little bag to put in my journal whenever I take it with me

Since I take my journals with me almost everywhere I go I got this little bag to put them in. I decorated it myself and I love how it turned out to look. The best think about this is that you don’t need to buy an expensive bag. Instead, you can use an old Shirt and sew it together. If you guys want to know how please tell me and I will make a tutorial on it.

2. A set of fine liner

 

When I started bullet journaling I bought the cheapest fine liner set I could find. You don’t need anything fancy. I love switching between different sizes. It makes your page look a little bit more “professional”.

3. Washi Tape

 

There is nothing better than Washi Tape. I have a huge collection. There are many different sizes, colours, patterns and ways to use it. I think I will never get satisfied. I will always need more.

4. Sticky Notes

Sticky notes are a great thing to use for your bullet journal. Whether you use it to write little to do lists or draw some doodles on.  They always look great. You don’t even need anything fancy, although fancy sticky notes are great too.

5. Magazines

 

Something I do to save some money is to go through old magazines and cut out illustrations as well as patterns. This way I don’t have to buy any expensive stickers.

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

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