July 13, 2010

How To: Little Library Card Notebooks

Filed under: diy,howto — Tags: — packagery @ 5:20 am

Let’s learn how to make these little notebooks! They’re perfect for jotting short notes or lists. It’s also a fun way to use up your paper scraps.

diy little library card notebooks by packagery

You will need:
– a stapler (make sure it has staples)
– scrap paper (graph paper, handwriting paper, etc.)
– cardstock (library cards, index cards, old postcards, etc.)

– paper trimmer (or scissors, x-acto knife, etc.)
– bone folder (or a spoon)
– embellishments such as stamps, stickers, labels
– corner rounder


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1. Trim your paper the same size as your card. I used a 3″ x 5″ card, with 6 sheets of scrap paper cut down to 3″ x 5″. This will give you 12 sheets/24 pages per notebook. You can also tear your paper down to size, for a different look. To do this, lay a ruler on top of your sheets and tear along the edge of the ruler.

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2. Fold paper in half and crease with a bone folder. Do the same to your card. Place the folded paper inside the folded card, and crease again.

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3. Make sure everything is lined up and folded nicely. Then carefully unfold your notebook and staple once or twice along the outside folded edge.

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4. Done! You can round the corners of your notebook for a neater look, or add some cute stamped images.

If you’re looking for library cards, you can find them for sale in my shop here.

Tips: To make your notebooks flatter, stick them under a pile of heavy books for a day or two.
Where the heck do you get a corner rounder? I got mine here from Amazon; it’s a Zutter Round-It-All and it’s a pretty neat tool. You can’t trim a ton of paper at once like you can with a (very expensive) commercial rounder, but it handles these notebooks just fine. © 2010-2014