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.