Making a Journal / Folder with Pockets and Signatures

I made a video showing how to laminate a folder, and here’s a link to it.

I started with printing out a bunch of lined pages and once I copied the front side of the pages I photocopied, then I flipped them over and printed the back sides. I had to cut 1/4″ off of the left edge and the right edge of each piece of lined paper to ensure the pages would fit inside my folder..

I made two signatures with eight pages and two signatures with five pages. I scored the pages at 5 1/4″ and put the pages in my punch board and punched a notch in the top and bottom of the center of my pages. If you don’t have an envelope punch board, you can cut notches out of the top.

To create the signatures, I clipped my pages together and then using a ruler in the center, made a mark with a pencil from the bottom at 1″, 4 1/4″, and 7 1/2″ and using a pokey tool, I poked a hole in the three marks on the center score line with a piece of foam under the papers. I took a needle and used dental floss (without mint) and starting from the back of the signature, put the needle into the center hole, then out through the bottom hole and then back through to the front on the top hole and out through the middle hole. You want the two threads on the back to end up on both sides of the center thread and then knot them..I use two or three knots to ensure the signature is secure. Fold the papers to make sure they lay flat.

I use a Crop a Dile Big Bite link: …Making a mark with a black water based marker, from the top 1/2″ to the left of the center score of the folder, make a mark 1/2:” from the bottom and 1/2″ from the top. You’ll make the same marks 1/2″ to the right of the center score on the top and bottom, again 1/2″ from the top and bottom. Once you’ve made these marks, you’ll take the Crop a Dile Big Bite and poke holes with the 3/8″ mark on the Big Bite. Take eyelets and put the finished part of the eyelet through the hole from the outside and then moving the lever on the Big Bite to the front so it squeezes your eyelets shut. You’ll do this with all four holes you’ve punched.

You’ll need elastic, and I found mine in the jewelry department. The elastic was from a company called Jewelry Fundamentals. Start your elastic from the top right outside into the folder to the bottom hole and then to the left side bottom and out through the left side top, then back into the right side top to the inside, and put it into the right side bottom to the outside then over to the left side bottom and into the folder and then out through the top left. Then you’ll want to tie the two cord ends and if you want to hang a bauble or charm from them, now’s the time to do this. I hung a few beads from mine and then knotted the ends so the beads stayed in place. Insert a signature under each of the elastic cords. I made four signatures to correspond with the four elastic cords. You can also put two signatures under one elastic cord, but I liked the way it segmented each signature when I put each one under a different elastic cord.

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