In this tutorial I’m showing you how to make a printable traveler’s notebook inserts using the Creative Artistry Printable Traveler’s Notebook Inserts which you can find here in my online store. You can find a free tutorial showing you how to make a traveler’s notebook cover here on my website.
How to Assemble the Printable Traveler’s Notebook Planner Insert
To begin, print the insert covers onto a good quality cardstock.
If a backing design in included with your purchase, you can print the backing design on the other side or simply leave it white.
Trim the cover to size at 8-1/2″ wide x 8″ high.
Print the planner pages onto good quality copy paper or a lightweight cardstock. The best type of copy paper to use is one that is approximately 24lb weight, or a lightweight cardstock such as 67lb Neenah Exact Vellum Bristol. These types of papers are thick enough to provide good support for writing without the ink bleeding through to the other side.
First and Last Page
Print one planner page onto one side of a piece of copy paper.You can leave the other side blank, or you can print a backing page design, or even a lined page onto it.
Trim 1/4″ from the top and bottom long edges along the marked lines so that the page measures 11″ wide by 8″ high. This is the first and last page of the planner insert.
If printing the backing page onto the other side, you need to trim both the top and bottom edges in order to trim away the areas where the printer doesn’t print the design.
Rest of Pages
For the remainder of the pages, print the planner page onto both sides of the paper. Each side of the paper is one week so you can print about 12 to 16 pages depending on how thick your paper is, which is about 6 months worth of weekly planners.
Trim the Pages to Size: The trimmed page should measure 11″ wide by 8″ high.
If you printed the pages with the cutting marks, trim along the dashed line at the top and bottom of each page.
If you printed the pages without cutting marks, measure and trim 1/4″ from the top and bottom of each page.
Using a creasing tool, make a crease down the center of the cover and the pages so that when folded the cover measures 4-1/4″ wide x 8″ high, and the pages measure 5-1/2″ wide by 8″ high.
Stack all the pages together except the first and last page and the cover.
Place the first and last page on the outside with the plain or backing page side facing out.
When you open the first page it should have Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday on the left side, and Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Notes on the right side.
Place the cover on the outside and then fold all the pages into a booklet. Press along the folded edge to make sure all the pages are well creased.
Open the pages and stack them with the center folds aligned. Attach them with some binder clips or large paper clips.
Using a sewing machine and a straight stitch, sew the pages together down the center fold.
Draw the threads to the inside and tie off in a knot at the top and bottom.
Using a bone folder, press firmly down the folded edge to flatten.
Once the journal is assembled, you’ll notice that the edges of the pages will be uneven.
To trim the pages so that they are even, align a quilting ruler or other type of ruler that won’t slip, along the edge of the cover. Using an x-acto knife or rotary cutter, trim the edges even. Take your time and cut lightly but firmly until all the pages are trimmed.
For a professional finish, round the edges of the pages using a rounded edge cutter.
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