Thursday, 13 December 2012

Make your own Midori Traveler's Notebook kraft file

Midori offer this accessory for the Traveler's Notebook:
This sits behind your main notebook (or notebooks) and holds loose items. It is Midori refil number 020. It costs around £7 and comes in a packet like this:

But it's quite easy to make one at home using an old file folder. Your folder can be A4, Letter, Legal or Foolscap size. Open it up and it'll look like this:

That central fold will be the spine of our notebook insert.

A Traveler's Notebook insert is 210 mm tall and 110 mm wide. Ours is going to be just slightly wider than that so it can sit flush behind another notebook.

Get out a ruler and a pencil and start drawing all the lines you can see below.

Once you've drawn all the lines, you can start cutting all the red lines and scoring the green ones. Here's what you should be left with:

If you want to have card slots, now is the time to cut them out, about 40mm up from the bottom edge of the flap:

You can now glue and assemble. Fold over each Flap X, then glue each Flap Y and fold them up. Hold them in place with binder clips while the glue dries.

Your finished item should look like this:

It is now ready to use. You can alter the shape of the flaps as you like. If you're holding two or more books in your Midori, you might want to make the 112mm measurement a little wider.

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