Mini Notebooks -
• Scraps of thin decorative paper for covers,
• filler paper (this can be regular computer paper or sketch paper)
• thin cardboard for the covers (the kind on the back of a sketchpad will work fine)
• glue (I use PVA but any white glue would work fine)
1. Start by printing your message on your paper. They should fit onto strips of paper as wide as printer paper (8.5″) and about 2″ tall. Then, cut out your strips (with your message on them), and fold them like an accordion. Cut cardboard covers slightly larger than the size of your accordion, folded up. I folded the paper first, then measured the folded size to determine the cover. I made the cardboard covers overhang by about 1/8″. I cut the cardboard with a utility knife and metal ruler.
2. Cut decorative cover paper for the cardboard so that it overhangs all sides by 1/4″ and trim off the corners so they’re mitered (at a 45 degree angle) that way there’s less bulk in the corners when you glue them them. Apply glue and fold opposite sides together. So long sides first, then top and bottom.
3. Gluing the inside is the trickiest – fold up your accordion inside, and put glue on the facing side of the last sheet, then adhere it to the first cover. For the second cover, put glue on the sheet facing you and then lay the cover on top like you’re putting together a sandwich.
Voila! If you’d like, tie a ribbon into a bow and glue to the front. x