Travelers Notebook cover and inserts

28.06.2017 08:00

Hi there,


Zsoka here with you today sharing how I made the Travelers Notebook covers and inserts with the July Kit.

Many of you asked for a tutorial...and your wish is my command! ;P The ones I'm showing here are new 

ones, so a bit different, but also made the same way.

If you are a perfectionist, stop reading haha! Because these will be far from perfect!

If you are still interested, read on :). 


First of all, I will mention that I saw this video by The Beth Life, where she created these covers using acetate.

I tweaked it a little to fit my needs - you can check which one suits you better.


I started out by collecting the supplies you will need (later on I used a couple of other things that are not shown

here, but will be mentioned).

* Patterned papers, acetate, elastic band, thick white paper (I use this one), eyelets, embellishments of your choice



Tools you need:

* trimmer, a scoring tool, eyelet setter, corner chomper, mini hole punch, ink pad, stamps, embossing powder, heat tool



Cut an 11x8.75 "  piece of patterned paper and the same size acetate.



You will need 5 marks for your 5 holes: 

- two at the bottom (measure up 0.25" and from both left and right 5.25")

- two at the top (measure down 0.25" and from both left and right 5.25")

- one in the very middle (measure 5.5" from the left and 4.375" from the top)




Take your mini hole punch and punch the 5 holes, making sure the patterned paper and the acetate are lined up.

The bottom and the top holes are easy.




See what I mean? NOT perfect :). Now for the hole in the middle...You need to fold the acetate and the paper in half

(not at the same time) and punch HALF a hole (if that makes sense), so when you open it, you have a proper

hole. Unless you have a tool that can punch a hole anywhere on the page, then you don't have to fold.




Use the hole in the acetate to mark your hole on the patterned paper and repeat what you did with the acetate.



Next I set my eyelet in the middle. Only the one in the middle, because I was going to stitch around the edges and 

the eyelets on the top and bottom would have been in the way. For the middle eyelet I used this old school setter 

and since I had no hammer on hand, I just used another tool. Anything heavy will do!



Then I lined up my acetate and patterned paper again and used my corner chomper (the bigger side) to round my corners.




I then used my sewing machine to stitch around the edges - again, NOT perfect. I was in a hurry and didn't notice that 

the acetate moved a little, so now the patterned paper is a bit crooked under it.



Now you can go ahead and use a Crop-a-dile to set the remaining 4 eyelets.



Next up, we will thread the elastic band through the holes. I really just eyeballed how much I need, but the lengths 

were OK (I even had to trim off a little at the end). For the longer one that holds the inserts I took a 20" piece and 

for the one that goes around the cover I cut a 14.5" piece. Below you'll see how you have to thread your elastic 

band through the eyelets. About the elastic band. I only had this thick type, so only 2 notebooks fit in this now.

I didn't want to have a big bulk of elastic band around the holes.




Next I made my embellishments to hang on the other elastic band. I had this wooden tag in my stash and decided 

to stamp a sentiment on it and emboss it. Obviously I shouldn't have used archival ink for this, because it dries 

fast, but I love the color of it and I didn't have the same color embossing powder. Now, the clear embossing 

powder I have is very fine, so one can hardly tell that the piece is embossed :(.




I then opened the ring attached to one of the tassels and hung the tag and the other tassel on it, then closed the 

ring again.



Before you thread the elastic band through the middle eyelet, hang the embellies on it. Then from the outside push both 

ends of the band through the hole as shown below.



Turn around the cover and tie a knot on the inside. Voila, you're done!



Up next the inserts! Cut a few 8.75x8.25" piece of papers. I use 6 for an insert because I like to be able to add 

patterned papers and embellies to my pages and I want to avoid the notebooks falling apart. 



Score the papers in the middle and fold them in half.




You also need to trim a patterned paper to the same size. You can decorate the front before or after putting the 

notebook together. I decorated it before stitching the pages together.



I made two notebooks at the same time, this is the other one. I held the pages together and sewed down the middle 

with my sewing machine. 



Fold them and in case the papers are not the same size and it bothers you, trim them. And you're done!

Below some more photos :)










I hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial and give these a try! They are so fun to make!

Should something not be clear, just ask!

Happy crafting X



Supply list:

  • acetate: We R Memory Keepers
  • patterned papers: Dear Lizzy / Fine and Dandy, Echo Park Paper / Summer Fun, Jen Hadfield / Everyday
  • tassels: Maya Road, Maggie Holmes
  • wooden tag: American Crafts DIY shop
  • stamp: Kerri Bradford
  • inkpad: Stazon
  • embossing powder: Ranger
  • elastic band: from my stash
  • enamel dots: Echo Park Paper / Summer Fun


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