I'm still waiting for it to arrive but in the meantime decided to have a go at making my own refills. I use a fountain pen - and although the Midori paper is supposed to be excellent, I know from experience that companies often change the paper in their products without warning. Also, I need about seven different notebooks to cover all the different areas I need to organise which would make it really expensive over the long term.
The size of the notebooks is A5 height but much thinner so I printed out some A4 paper with the lines going vertically - that way I just needed to print , fold, stitch and trim. The pdf for the paper is available from DOWNLOADS. I stitched them together with some recycled card covers.
|booklets with recycled covers|
I then decided to see if I could make a cover - that way I could keep my studio notebooks separate from every thing else. I had an old leather wrap for A5 notebooks which seemed ideal and found a few large elastic hair bands - punched holes in the leather and attached with a couple of toggles. There were holes in the leather already for ties so I doubled up an elastic band to hold it all together when closed. The result is below.
|cover with inserts|
|inserts held in with elastic bands|
|cover closed with elastic band|
I still need to tweak it a bit - think it will be better with a thinner elastic and I'm not happy with the way the toggles/ elastic looks on the spine so I shall do some more work on it - but it does work as intended and cost nothing so overall quite happy with the result.
|Final version - thinner elastic and only one toggle. Total cost 18p.|