I have been in search of what might suit my current style of memory keeping for this December, specifically for December Daily with Ali Edwards.
I have had ideas percolating away for a few days now. Today I decided to physically trial my ideas.
I looked through previous December Daily albums (some not complete!) and noted what I liked, what I really enjoyed and perhaps most importantly the length (or shortness) of the stories I have told.
I am also thoroughly enjoying memory keeping projects using a Traveler's Notebook, a pen and an Instax camera.
I discovered today I can have it all.
I can have the space to write and the space for photos, instax or printer photos.
I designed my prototype... and here it is... well it's actually a link to where I posted it on Instagram because I am not tech savvy enough to get to appear here! *Insert embarrassed face.
It is not the greatest video but it does I hope give an idea of where I am going with this design. The patterned piece of paper you see in the video is 3"x8" and has been added purely to see the page protector pocket more easily. Its actually a scrap from the kit I made and sold last year.
Nothing is more exciting to get something out of my head and into reality.
Where I am going:
Thick white pages that will hold up to turning, will hold up to embellishing
Pocket page protectors.
Simple but totally suitable for my needs.
Here's how I make my Traveler's notebooks usually:
Cut 120gsm copy paper to 21cm x 22cm (kind of). I have done so many TN's that I know to divide my amount of pages up usually into thirds. First third I will cut at exactly 22cm wide, 2nd third I will cut to 22.3cm wide, last third I will cut to 22.5cm wide. The outer cover of cardstock is cut to 21cm tall x 22.5cm wide. This way I do not have to trim the completed notebook with an exacto knife to even up the stack.
I fold each one third set in half.
I then stack the widest (22.5cm) on the bottom, place the 22.3cm pieces next then lastly the 22cm pieces on top.
Using a long arm stapler I secure the book with 2 staples, 1 an inch down from the top and 1 an inch up from the bottom.
Here's how I adapted my usual process to arrive at this Traveler's Notebook meets Pocket Page Album:
The paper pages needed to be cut smaller so that they matched the page protectors when all bundled together. The page protector pocket is 8x8 or approx 20x20cm with a little extra for the sealed part and as the number of pages increases the pocket space diminishes. The inner paper pages are 20.8cm, next third were cut to 21cm and the outer third I had to cut to 21.4. The page protectors bulk up the book quite significantly.
I simply trimmed the ring binder part of the page protectors so as to leave just the pocket.
For my book I have alternated the paper pages and the page protectors - 7 pieces of paper pages and 6 page protector pockets. My outer and most inner pages are paper ones. In total this gives a double spread x 25 and a front and back cover. Perfect for December Daily. Some days I will have more photos or longer stories and some days I will have less.
I separated out each of the sets of same measurement pages including page protectors (simplest explanation divide the whole stack into approx thirds) and staple each group once somewhere near the middle. I found that trying to staple the entire book was near impossible, page protectors are slippery! Then stacking each third in its correct place/order I stapled the whole notebook one inch down from the top and once inch up from the bottom.
Well at least the prototype is finished.
I have an abundance (total understatement) of various configurations of 12x12 page protectors, all different brands too! and I would love to find a way to utilise these in this kind of memory keeping notebook.
I would need to fuse or otherwise seal up a bunch of edges if I cut them down to about 8x8. I am going to play around with sizes - you have that freedom when you DIY. Paper can be cut to any size so I am not limited... just need to put the extra effort in to seal openings.