I’ve been experimenting with paper planning and it’s all because of this bad boy.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not giving up my digital planning, with all of its todoist and Evernote beauty. But paper and a pen is certainly something that adds a whole extra layer of creativity to my plans.
I’m keeping it simple. Three sections. Goals. Year. Schedule.
The goals have my 2016 goals to keep my focus.
Year includes a “handmade” calendar made with Paislee Press digital stamps.
Schedule includes one page a day for my daily focus – my three most important tasks and anything else that comes up.
I’m enjoying seeing everything at a glance in the digital planning, and being able to draw, doodle, and explore plans beyond the screen.
Products: Filofax Personal (Butterflies)
I shared how to print in booklet format, as well as how to hand bind that booklet. I’m giving that to my mom as a present when I see her next week. But I wanted something for me. I wanted a thirty (or so) days prayer book. My needs are different to my mom’s because while she prefers the floral, I prefer the minimalist. While she doesn’t mind which paper, I really can only write on Moleskine paper. So for my prayer journal this is what I did differently.
1. Print your booklet cover
First print your booklet cover, with the following printing settings:
Just print page 1. This will automatically print the page on the right of your page, which is perfect for when you fold it over. I printed this on kraft cardstock.
2. Print your booklet insides
Booklet again, and this time, if you’re wanting to print one page repeatedly, just type that page number in however many times you want it to be printed. If you don’t want to waste any space, make sure that number is a multiple of four. I chose 4 x 8 pages = 32 (enough for 32 days – a month plus an extra day). These were printed on Moleskine paper.
3. Get your printed pages ready
The kraft and the off white Moleskine paper look so dreamy together.
Fold that cover in half. Make sure it lies flat with a bone folder or ruler.
Fold those insides in half too.
4. Bind your pages
You can do this any way you’d like. I’ve become partial to hand sewing, so that’s what I did.
This time I doubled my thread up to make it stronger because of the thicker cover. And so instead of 2.5x the length of the book, I used about 5x the length of the book for my thread. I’m not too worried about wasting thread, though, and had quite a bit left over.
5. Marvel at its beauty
Ah, I love the black on kraft.
And my Moleskine pages.
And my pretty binding. Having something pretty makes me just want to write in it. Here’s to thirty days of deliberate prayer.
Yesterday I showed you how I printed my Grace planner in booklet form. Today I’m going to show you how I bound it by hand. You can bind it with a sewing machine, but I don’t have one, and it took perhaps five minutes total, so I didn’t see the need in buying one.
1. COLLECT YOUR TOOLS
Your tools for the binding include: your printed booklet, a ruler (ghetto bone folder), clips, thread, a needle, a hole poker, and a pair of scissors. You need thread that’s about two and a half times the length of your book. If you are binding a thicker book, then you should probably use thicker thread, but I just love this gold one, and I wasn’t too worried about the book being sturdy. For a hole poker, I used an awl that cost me €1.60 from a small craft store, but it’s not necessary (a thick needle should work).
2. MAKE SOME HOLES
Hold your pages together with clips. You don’t want that baby moving around. Poke holes into the spine equal distance apart. They don’t need to be equal distance, but for the sake of your sanity (and since the book is going to be looking rustic enough already with the hand sewing), keep them equal distance.
3. START SEWING
Tie a knot in the end of your thread. I can’t give you any tips with that, because I’m useless. Put your needle in the bottom hole from the inside out, so that the knot will be inside your binder.
Hand sew to the top, and then turn your direction around and sew the missing links.
Continue until there are no missing links, get your thread on the inside again, and tie another knot.
4. COMPLETE THE FINISHING TOUCHES
Use your scissors to cut off as close to the knots as possible.
Use your bone folder or ruler to press the book flat again. If you’d like it really flat, leave it underneath a heavy book overnight.
The holes and the stitching aren’t perfect, but that’s what handmade with love looks like.
5. MARVEL AT THE BEAUTY OF YOUR CREATION
Booklet printing has pretty much changed my life. It’s great for a mini project you have started for yourself. I wanted to make a mini devotional planner for my mom where she had a month’s worth of pages. Sometimes an entire year’s worth feels intimidating, but a month is attainable. The only thing you need to have a printer that has the ability to print double sided (whether manual or automatic), paper, and ink. This is how I did it.
1. OPEN UP THE PDF AND DECIDE WHICH PAGES YOU WANT. WRITE THEM DOWN.
2. PRINT YOUR SELECTED PAGES WITH THE FOLLOWING SETTINGS
Choose booklet printing.
Leave the rest of the options as is. Left binding means that the fold occurs on the left. This is the standard. Write down the page numbers that you chose (or select all pages to print everything).
I chose the following pages: 1,3,4,6,7,9,10,12,13,13,13,15,16,16,16,18,20,20,20,22,23,23,23,25,26. As you can see, you have the option of repeating pages. There is a limit to that text box unfortunately.
3. FOLD YOUR GLORIOUS PAGES
I used plain cheap printing paper because I knew my mom wasn’t worried about that, but feel free to use something thicker so that the other side of the page doesn’t show through.
You will note that the pages have been printed in order (clever Adobe!). The “front” of each set of pages is on the front right. When you fold, keep this one as the front page.
Fold each of your pages and be sure to use a bone folder or a ruler to get it to lie as flat as possible.
For me, my middle pages were these ones. I kept this in the middle and wrapped each page around it.
And here’s the folded pages all in order. Tomorrow I will share how I bound it to give to my mom as a present.
PS: Adobe Acrobat has a tutorial too, although it is far less pretty.