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Make your own inserts, its fun!

Hello!
Can you belive it? I live in Swedens largest town but no one here sells traveler's notebooks or inserts??
Well its true so I decided to try some DIY and see how difficult it could be to make some inserts myself. Turns out it was easy, inexpensive and fun!
I know there is tons of tutorials on internet but I wanted to share anyway  (a bit proud that I could make them...).


I took 16 sheets of A4 paper and one sheet of cardstock. stapled them together in the middle with a smart yet inexpensive booklet stapler I found.


I measure the hight of the insert and draw a line where I want to  cut.


I use a clamp to make sure the ruler dont move and then i cut with a sharp carpet knife. Dont cut straight thru, cut many times until you are thru all the sheets.


When you finnished cutting you have space to put in one more staple.


Now you fold the insert. I use a thick piece of plexiglass and the clamp to make the fold.


Measure the width of the insert and cut it the same way you did before.



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Hello!
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A piece of card stockA staplerA piece of elasticA pair of scissorsA ruler
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Hello!
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