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Notebook for Tanya

Since November, I have been making notebooks. You might remember that I posted some paper for sale on Etsy. Guess what? Nobody bought it. Even though I didn't really want it anymore, I knew there had to be a use for it. I have been fascinated with book making for a long time. I have been making planners for years by hole punching paper and putting it into a pre-existing book. I wanted to learn how to bind books myself and to use up even more paper.


Initially, I didn't think I could do it because the only tools I could find looked too hard to use. Then I found out about a tool called a Mini Cinch. It hole punches the paper and binds it. It's still hard, mind you, but not in a way that I'm going to stab myself.


My first notebook was not great. Not all of the paper stayed on the wires/coils and I hole punched one of the covers wrong. The first page is upside down. The machine itself is only about 5 inches long. So making books that are longer than that takes extra hole punching and effort. It's not my thing. For now, I have been making notebooks that are 3x3 or 3x4 inches. I have been making videos for each one to show the paper that's inside. Each video is different because I am still learning. I have added QR code to each notebook so that whoever picks it up can see how much work went into it. Most of them are 50 pages including the covers. Here is one I made for Tanya. She loves Minnie Mouse and just came back from Disney World.




P.S. I am not going to be selling these because the cost of shipping and my time would be more than someone would want to pay for something so small. However, I am willing to make one for anyone who would really appreciate it. Also, I will not be doing tutorials. There are other people on YouTube for that.




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