How To: Make Your Own Daybook

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Make Your Own Daybook Tutorial
 

Hi folks! I’m Megan from The Nerd Nest. Gather ’round the Campfire and I’ll show you how to DIY a mini mixed paper book inspired by the uber popular Amy Tangerine Daybooks. I love Amy’s Daybooks, but my local stores are always sold out.

 

I’m pretty much the queen of making minis from scratch (I was even a guest on on Paperclipping Roundtable for their unique minibooks episode!), so I thought I’d just whip up my own! You can too. That’s all! Easy, huh?

 

Now all you have to do is fill it up with memories. 

Make Your Own Daybook Tutorial

First, pick out the papers you’d like to use. The Amy Tangerine Daybooks all feature kraft paper covers with a bit of transparency on the front, so I started with a Hambly transparency and assorted Hambly kraft papers with colored designs. I used those papers as a jumping off point to pick out papers from other brands, picking out colors and themes that matched the feel of the book.

 

I knew I’d want a variety of sizes of papers for the book, so I made sure to look through my scrap stash too. I always pick out more than I’m going to use so I have options as I go.

 

Make Your Own Daybook Tutorial

 

I wanted my book to be 5 inches x 7 inches, so I cut the papers to 10 inches x 7 inches. Each paper is going to be folded in half, so you have to cut twice the width of your book. If you have papers that can’t cover the whole space, that’s fine. You’ll use those for size variety to add interest.

 

I ended up with 8 full-sized papers, including the cover, and 6 “added interest” smaller papers. You don’t want too many, or the book will be too thick (especially once you start to fill it up with photos, memorabilia, and embellishments).

 

Make Your Own Daybook Tutorial

 

To make it interesting, add some papers that aren’t rectangles. I used a bowl to trace a circle for one of my papers. You can also add tags, envelopes, or scalloped paper!

 

Make Your Own Daybook Tutorial
 

Don’t have double-sided paper? Don’t worry! Just adhere two single-sided pieces back-to-back. I didn’t do this on the kraft patterned paper, because I wanted some not-so-busy papers for journaling later.

 

Make Your Own Daybook Tutorial

 

I saved the scrap papers from the papers I cut down and the papers I didn’t use and put them in a big ziplock bag. When I’m ready to scrap the book, I’ll have coordinating papers to use ready to go!

 

Make Your Own Daybook Tutorial

 

Next, start putting all of your cut papers in order. Think about what papers are going to be shown together when the book is finished. Try to make sure that the patters that will be “touching”, or on the same spread, when the book is put together coordinate well. I make sure to have a variety of pattern sizes next to each other so the papers won’t compete for attention.

 

Make Your Own Daybook Tutorial

 

Make sure that the “interest” papers are centered how you want them to be. You might not want the papers to be exactly centered, but you don’t want one to start right in the middle, where it will be attached.

 

Make Your Own Daybook Tutorial

 

Stack your papers in the order you want the book to be in, with the cover on top. Remember that this will be folded in half, so the last paper in the stack will be in the center of the book and will be the only page that shows the full 10×7.

 

Make Your Own Daybook Tutorial

 

Begin to fold each paper in the center. Use a bone folder to make the creases clean.

 

Make Your Own Daybook Tutorial

 

As you’re folding the pages, keep them in order. Start with the cover and slip each new folded page into the center of the previous folded page. When you’re done, the book will be in the same order as your folded stack, but now it will be folded in half.

 

Make Your Own Daybook Tutorial

 

Next, sew down the folded spine of all layers of paper to create the binding. I used an embroidery needle and embroidery floss. I had to poke the holes with a paper piercer first. If you poke an odd number of holes, you can sew down the spine and come back up again through each hole you’ve made. This reinforces the binding and looks pretty. Depending on the thickness of your book, you may also be able to do this with a sewing machine (but you’ll probably need a denim needle).

 

Make Your Own Daybook Tutorial

 

That’s all! Easy, huh? Now all you have to do is fill it up with memories.

 

Make Your Own Daybook Tutorial

 

What would/will you put in your daybook?

 
Don’t know what to put in the mini? Check out Kam’s 365 Blog Post Ideas. You won’t be through a quarter of the twenty-six pages before your head is spinning with ideas to fill the mini with! UPDATE: See how Megan’s daughter filled up the daybook shown in this tutorial!
 
Megan blogs at the Nerd Nest along with her husband Jake, where they write about a kitchen sink of topics, including craft and tech yummy recipes and their everyday life with their two adorable kiddos as a nerdy little family in the city. She reads oodles of books and is totally obsessed with Project Life. Follow Megan on Twitter so you won’t miss a thing!

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