Are you a big fan of fast and easy layouts? If so, have you tried using traveler’s notebooks? In today’s blogpost, I will show you an easy DIY Traveler’s Notebook using Carabiners. Here’s how to make your own using products you already have lying around your craft room!
EASY DIY TRAVELER’S NOTEBOOK
STEP 1: FIND SOME LIGHTWEIGHT CHIPBOARD
Hold on! Before you go out and buy anything. Have you checked around your house to see if you have a few empty writing tablets lying around? Ironically, I stumbled onto an old writing tablet, so I used the front and back covers from the tablet for the foundation of my traveler’s notebook. If you do not have any chipboard in your craft room, try your local craft store (i.e. Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or JoAnn). Once you get your chipboard, you will cut your chipboard to the size in which you want your notebook to be. Traveler’s notebooks tend to be roughly 4″ x 7″.
STEP 2. GET A FEW CARABINERS
Ironically, I was able to find some carabiners at my local Hobby Lobby (they can also be found at Michaels or JoAnn). The carabiners are what will hold your notebook together. If you are an avid traveler’s notebook user, it is best to purchase these in bulk to save money. You can find bulk sizes at most online stores.
STEP 3. PUNCH HOLES
Next, you are going to need to punch holes in the chipboard to secure the notebook. I only punched two holes into my notebook, but I have seen notebooks with three to four holes to secure the notebook. Once you make this determination, add carabiner rings to secure the front and back cover together.
STEP 4. GRAB SOME PATTERNED PAPER
If you are a crafter, you should not have to purchase any additional pattern paper. LOL. I went through my stash and grabbed the MOST OVERLOOKED PIECES and placed them in this notebook. I coordinated the papers by colors, and even added some white cardstock in for flavor! Each piece of pattern paper should be cut down to match the size of the traveler’s notebook. You may have to gauge this with your eye once you place all your pieces in the notebook.
STEP 5. DECORATE
Next, all you need to do is break out the creativity. I made my first one on a whim using embellishments I had lying right in front of me. I stuck with the black, off-white, and pink theme.
STEP 6. FILL WITH MEMORIES!
Now that your album is all finished, grab your favorite pics and document them. Traveler’s notebooks are an easy way to jot down a memory when there is not much time to craft.
Chipboard: 3.5 in by 7.5 in
Pattern Paper: 3.5 in by 7.5 in