DIY Traveler’s Notebook

Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing you the Sizzix Scoreboard XL Journal Die. With this die I have the ability to make an unlimited number of hard cover journals, calendars, cookbooks, notebooks and so much more! A Traveler’s Notebook is one that is somewhat compact, has elastic or cord to tie it shut and it has inserts that can be divided into sections.

To make my notebook, I die cut 2 sheets of Paper Accents 8 1/2″x11″ White Chipboard and glued the spine together using Craft Tacky Glue.

After the glue dried I colored the spine and closure piece with Bronze ink from the Basics Cat’s Eye® Queue®.

I covered the front and back covers with Garden Walk Paper Pack and placed a border, words and butterflies from Garden Walk Scrapbooking Dazzles™ stickers.

I colored the butterflies with Turquoise and Pink Spectrum Noir™ Pens, blending darker shades with lighter shades.

I made 3 inserts for the notebook, cutting 12-15 sheets of simple copy paper (to cut down on the bulk and weight of the notebook) to 8″x 7 1/2″ and folding the pages in half. I decorated multiple pages (or you could do all of the pages) with Ferns 6″x6″ Stencil and 2 shades of green ink from Yellow/Green Cat’s Eye Queue Ink Pad Set.

I inked the page edges with the Bronze ink pad.

I made covers from Garden Walk Paper, cut to 8 1/4″x7 1/2″.


I used a 6′ length of twine (I used green Baker’s Twine) across the center of each paper section and through the holes in the notebook binding. (See the Journal Die product page for full instructions)

The final step involves threading both ends of the twine through the center hole in the center of the spine. I used a pencil to slide a knot flush with the spine.

For the closure, tie the die-cut closure piece to one of the twine tails and place on the open side of the book and knot in place. This piece will keep the twine from digging into the cover with wear.

The wonderful part of Traveler’s Notebooks is that they can be anything you want! And because you have the Sizzix Scoreboard XL Journal Die you can make them for family and friends. What great gifts!

I’m going to use one of my sections for Passwords because I can NEVER remember them!

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you have a great week and make time to make something pretty to share. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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6 responses to “DIY Traveler’s Notebook”

  1. Valerie Breingan says:

    I love this.Dazzles are just so fun on everything.

  2. Marie says:

    Real nice. I’m the lazy type and use composition books and cover them, but in a permanent bookmark and a closure and the pages are already there 🙂 Sometimes you can get the books for 25 cents on sale.

  3. Becca Sadler says:

    The garden theme could be used by the obvious “gardener” to record locations for new bulb plantings, when seeds were planted in the greenhouse or out in garden, etc. It could be for a photographer or artist to sketch and/or keep track of locations that have been snapped or sketched, etc. And for the person who just loves flowers and plants! This is a lovely gift idea, too, as Christmas is quickly approaching.

  4. Donna Pomeroy says:

    Something likes this would be a great project for “Girlfriends’ Getaway”.

  5. Norma says:

    What GREAT ideas!!! I have a Hunkydory notebook I’ve had for some time, just didn’t know what I wanted to do with it…now I do. Thanks to the suggestions above of passwords and gardening. Guess I’m going to need more notebooks. Norma

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