Hello there! Today I’m sharing how I customized a plain notebook with 4 tabbed sections to keep track of all of my lists! I am a list maker- to the extreme. I love making lists for everything but I have a habit of misplacing them. I’ve tried using a regular notebook to keep all of the lists together but they would get so chaotic and long term lists would get lost amongst shopping lists and daily to-dos so I decided to organize my lists!
Here's a look at the supplies I grabbed:
I’m using a full size notebook, scissors, paper trimmer, 1/8 inch hole punch, adhesive runner, and from PopFizzPaper I pulled tab stickers, washi, pens, and patterned paper.
I wanted to make sure this notebook would hold up to long-term use and travel in my purse when necessary so I didn’t want the tabs sticking out farther than the cover. Luckily all I had to do was cut off about a half inch of the paper. This was super quick with a paper trimmer.
I already knew what sections I wanted- Grocery, To Do, Packing, and Projects. You could print out the text or use alpha stickers but I wasn’t too concerned about it so I wrote mine out with a pen.
Before I attached the tabs I wanted to reinforce the pages they were going to be on to ensure they wouldn’t accidentally rip out over time. Using my adhesive runner I glued two pages together. I washi’d over the perforated “easy tear” line of the paper on the front and back. And finally I took a strip of patterned paper and glued it along the edge to make it sturdier as I grab for the tab. Then I simply placed the tab on top of that.
Technically I could have stopped there but as I always say- I had to add some embellishment! I pulled out the metallic gold vellum sheet from the PopFizzPaper Planner Kit as well as the info card (to use the beautiful pattern on the back), quote stickers, hole punch, and the adhesive runner.
I’m sure by now most, if not all of you, have seen a tutorial about how to make your own removable cover, coil clip, or insert for a coil bound planner (or in this case notebook). You just use something from the planner as a template, mark your holes, punch, and then cut a slit into each hole. I wanted to use the metallic gold sheet as a fly leaf in the very front of the notebook so I placed it underneath the open cover and marked the holes with a pen to ensure my punches were straight.
Finally, on the inside cover I glued the info card down, embellished with glitter washi, and glued in a small stack of sticky notes in case I ever want to take away a smaller version of a list I have made in the book. And with that I was done!
The day I put this together I used it to make my shopping list and it worked out perfectly to bring with me to the store and be able to quickly find the list I needed. I love making lists and I love even more that my lists will stay organized in this notebook. Plus, it’s adorable and looks reminiscent of a planner! You could totally use this same method for a bullet journal style planner! I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! Happy list-making!