How to make a pocket folder for a Midori/Traveler’s Notebook

This folder was actually very simple to make, you only need a few supplies and can change the style of pockets to suit your planning needs. To view the video tutorial of this please click HERE.

You will need:

A4 card 

Designer Series Paper

Adhesive

Paper Trimmer/Scissors and ruler

Paper scorer

Magnetic or Velcro closure

How To:

  • First up you need to cut 4 pieces of DSP, 1 at 24cm x 12cm and 3 at 12cm x 6cm
  • Then with a scoring board or tool you need to score the biggest piece (with the 24cm being the top and the 12cm being the sides) at 1cm, 2cm and 3cm from each side and 1cm from the bottom
  • Score each of the 3 small pieces at 1cm on both of the sides (12cm being top and bottom and 6cm being the sides)
  • While you have your scoring board out, score the back plate (the a4 piece of card) at 11cm, 12cm, 23cm, 25cm
  • Use your bone folder to fold each score line, on the back plate, in the same direction and set aside.
  • Take the biggest piece of DSP and fold the scored edges in an accordion so it forms a kind of spring, fold the bottom piece over and add adhesive to each of the 3 flaps, line up with one of the sections on the back plate and press down.
  • With each of the 3 small card pockets you need to fold the flaps over and add adhesive to them, then add a small amount to the bottom of each pocket and adhere to the other section of the back plate.
  • Round the corners on the section of the back plate that will become the closure and attach the magnetic or velcro closure.
  • Make a small V in the top and bottom of the 1cm section that will be where your elastics fit, using some sharp pointed scissors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tutorial : How to make an easy folder for a Traveler’s Notebook

Last week I set up my A6 UglyDori with designer papers from Stampin’ Up! Birthday Fiesta range, I love how fun and bright it is but my black purse was making me sad! I wanted something to go round it which would double up as a recipt holder.

I took some Emerald Envy A4 card stock and measured the width of an insert when open, I then added 1/2″ to either side and cut the card down to that. This would work for any size folder but for anything taller than an a6 you’d need 12×12″ cardstock or designer paper.

I love how it covers My purse but it could be used for inserts or as a stand alone folder.

To see the video tutorial click HERE!

Traveler’s Notebook set up tutorial : with Stampin’ Up! Birthday Fiesta

Stampin’ Up! Have pulled the piñata out the bag with these amazingly colourful papers, as soon as I opened them and had a good look I knew I wanted to use them somewhere I’d get to see them and enjoy them, my a6 UglyDori has had the same “Harry Potter” theme for a while now and these papers and stamps where to delicious to not use in there.

I love it!! You can see the full process video HERE where I explain step by step.

Raising money for Carrie, for medical bills not funded by NHS

Edited to add new prizes:

  • The £50 UglyDori voucher has now been increased to any size UglyDori with any tooling/paint/customisation.. this is a whopping prize and Trevor is happy to work with the winner to create their dream UglyDori!!
  • A stationery Bundle from Three Little Buhos
  • £20 shop credit from Kelizabethplans

 

One of my lovely ladies on my PR Team, Carrie, is.. in totally understated words “a bit poorly” her condition….. in fact why don’t I let Carrie tell it in her own words…

Carrie’s Fund is about helping to raise funds to cover the increasing medical costs my complex condition brings.

Thanks to my stretchy-gooey-fragile connective tissue I have legs that wobble, the stamina of a sloth and an ability to facepalm the floor numerous times a day. I have complete intestinal failure, am fed directly into my heart (TPN), my upper spine is collapsing which is crushing my brainstem, I am losing my sight and my immune system is breaking down – my whole body is literally falling apart.

Sadly, there are many aspects of my condition which are not recognised or treated on the NHS or in the UK. As a result I have to fund a lot of my medical care, pay for expensive equipment and in the near future I may need to fund surgery and treatment in other countries

Carrie’s Fund is to help ease some of the burden of these extensive costs. Some of the things that the fund has paid for and will help pay towards in the future include :

  • Specialist powered wheelchair
  • Upright MRI scans in London for spinal instability (CCI)
  • Consultations with CCI neurosurgeon in Spain
  • Travel fridge to store TPN to allow travel away from home for appointments and short breaks.”

As you can see this beautiful lady has so much to deal with and still takes time out of her day to help others and raise awareness of the condition. You can read more of Carrie’s story HERE and follow her blog HERE

and the point of this post is: I decided to see if I could raise funds for Carrie’s medical treatment by donating a custom UglyDori to be raffled off, I posted in a UK sellers group on Facebook and the mega generous sellers jumped in with their own contributions to create one mega prize. Tickets are £2.50 and can be paid by PayPal at http://www.paypal.me/michellemills please only put the word Carrie in the notes and I will email you your ticket number (this will go to your PayPal email so please check that).

Competition closes on the 3rd April at 9am and the winner will be drawn live at 2pm that very same day. All money will be transferred to Carrie’s fundraising page that day (so please pay by friends and family to maximise the amount raised.

The prize…

There are more amazing contributors to come so keep checking back. If you are a seller or have an item you would like to donate to help this cause then please do contact me and I will make sure to add you to the list.

 

New, custom, A6 traveler’s notebook set up with hobonichi techno

When I started this year I, like every other planner and Stationery geek, went out and purchased the Planners I needed to help me keep my life together. 

I knew I wanted a wo2p desk diary, a do1p and then a traveler’s notebook to carry around with me you can see the products I chose in my post HERE.

There I was, cruising along the Planner peace highway when my friend Jayme sends me a hobonichi techno in a6… it was love I’m telling you, if you can love an object haha.

Of course she needed a new home and I’d been asking Trevor to make my Harry Potter themed a6 for ages… this is what he came up with..


At the front I have 2 large secretarial pockets and at the back I have 4 card pockets, this will be my daily carry so will house my cashcards and coupons etc.

Inside I have my 3 dot notebooks and the hobonichi techno at the back. The leather is so soft and floppy it’s stunning. Now I just cannot wait for my next planner kit to arrive so I can pump her out, I purposely left the inside nude so that I can change my colour scheme as often as I like without fear of clashing.


I filmed a flip through of this notebook that explains everything in more detail HERE.

Valentines Day Bucket List!! Art/Creative Journal

Today’s topic for our weekly Planner Girl Collective Post is “Valentines Day Bucket List” I love having buckets lists in my art journal and although we hardly celebrate Valentine’s Day (we both have our birthday between Christmas and Valentines so it’s never been a big elevation for us) we do always make sure we acknowlege it in small ways… we always have a nice meal and some sofa time without social media.

I started by watercolouring straight into my regular size art journal, it’s a chunky beast now and I love it..


I purchased the big stickers in paperchase  on my birthday and the big sheet of stickers I’ve had for ages, they are from the love story range from Lori Whitlock.

The washi is American Crafts that was recently stocked in TK Maxx.


I have the process video on my YouRube channel HERE

https://thestationerygeekette.com/ – Emma-Louise Smith

https://abeautifulplan.co.uk/ – Kelly Vizma

http://beautifullybrokenvicky.blogspot.co.uk/… – Vicky Buckley

http://pennygatecrafts.blogspot.co.uk/… – Jo Whight

http://purelyamy.co.uk/ – Amy Hunt

http://www.thepaperjunkie.net/ – Rej Relova

http://superaena.com/ – Rej Relova

http://www.itsjustmehayleyd.com/ – Haley Daley-Hannibal

https://bestlaidplans2016.wordpress.com/… – Louise Parkinson

http://www.alifelivedinwords.com/ – Alyson Duncan

https://pineappleandbutton.com/ – Hannah Saadat Jones

http://skalovingeek.blogspot.co.uk/ Stephanie Kaye

https://mychaoticallyeclecticlife.wordpress.com/… Debbie Binnersley

https://planwithhannah.wordpress.com/… Hannah Marriage (Smith on FB)

https://sallyannmade.wordpress.com/ Sally Bartlett

 

A6 Traveler’s Notebook set up and Studio Calico Unboxing

I am absolutely loving life in my A6 UglyDori, the inserts from @annieplansprintables work well for me (although I’m not a fan of the fold out pages) but my whole set up just didn’t have my heart singing with joy!

I knew my Planner Society kit from Scarlet Lime Crafts would be arriving soon and hoped that I could pimp my planner out with that!

Then my studio calico scrapbooking kit hit my doormat and I fell in love,  I’m not  normally a floral girl but the florals in this are bold and colourful, the colour palette both clash and compliment each other at the same time and looking at the whole kit together I could literally feel spring bursting from the pages!

I knew as soon as I opened it what the first project would be and I am so pleased I did. I filmed the unboxing and first part of my planner set up which you can see HERE, unfortunetly I have managed to misplace the second half of the footage..

In my eagerness to craft this sensational kit into something wonderful for my UglyDori I also forgot to take any pictures of the whole kit.. so today’s blog and video go hand in hand and by watching/reading them both you’ll get the whole picture haha.. I promise to be more careful with my footage in future and less eager to use the products so that I can snap a few pictures… who am I kidding, I’ll end up doing the same again next month haha.


I used 4 of the papers to create dashboards for my inserts, I had some gold foil stickers from simple stories that I placed on the blue cover and decided that this will be my positivity journal and that I’d write down all the positive things that happen to me every day.