Sunday 18 May 2014

Making a credit card insert for your traveler's notebook

It's DIY time again.

Sunday 11 May 2014

Download free notebook writing guides for Moleskine, Field Notes

Writing looks better on plain paper than on lined paper. But it can be hard to write in straight lines, particularly in a pocket notebook.

These writing guides solve the problem. Pop one behind the page you're writing on in your plain paper Moleskine, Field Notes or similarly-sized notebook and you'll be able to see guidelines clearly through the paper, to keep you on the straight and narrow.

Here's a walk through the various features of the writing guide:

The guide measures 140mm x 90mm, the same size as the most common notebook page.

You can download the guide and print onto either A4 or Letter card - there are different versions for each. Each document contains three different styles, offering, narrow, wide or even wider line spacing.

You can download the A4 version or the Letter version. Print onto card and cut out the individual guide card of your choice. Laminate it if you want to and tuck it in your notebook.

There's a version for the Midori Traveler's Notebook, too. You can see that here.

Saturday 10 May 2014

Seyes handwriting pages for the Filofax Personal

Last week I wrote about Seyes ruling and made available a Midori Traveler's Notebook insert with Seyes-ruled paper. Today I'm making a version available for the Filofax in Personal size:

You can download this insert as an A4 document or as a Letter paper document, in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Print the file double-sided. If you have a duplex printer, set it to flip on the short edge. If you don't then you'll have to print and then refeed to print on the reverse. You might have to experiment to find out how to refeed the paper.

On one side of each sheet you'll find crop marks. Use a craft knife and a steel ruler to release the Personal pages and punch them.

If using the PDF be sure to set it to print at full size as explained here. You can download the A4 Word version, the A4 PDF version, the Letter Word version or the Letter PDF version.

Saturday 3 May 2014

Improve your handwriting with a French-lined Seyes traveler's notebook insert

I was recently introduced to the Seyes system, which is used in France as a handwriting aid, as detailed here.

Today I'm making available an insert for the Midori Traveler's Notebook that uses this ruling. You can use it in your MTN or loose if you want to try the system and perhaps work on improving your handwriting. Here is what a two-page spread looks like:

And here is a close-up of the ruling:

You can download this insert as an A4 document or as a Letter paper document.

What you'll download is a PDF file. This is ready to print straight away, without any need to use booklet format on your printer. Just print this straight to A4 or Letter as appropriate, with duplex set to flip on the short edge (I'd recommend you print just one or two pages first to make sure your printer deals with this correctly and make adjustments as necessary.)

Once you've printed out the pages, you can bind them into a booklet and cut to size using these instructions or these ones.

And if you'd like to roll your sleeves up and play with the source Word file here it is in the A4 version and the Letter version.


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