Easy DIY Traveler’s Notebook | Tutorial and Freebie Printable

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Hey paper nerd!

Today I want to show you how you can make your own little notebooks for your Midori Traveler’s Notebook /fauxdori.

There’s also a couple of free printable inner pages for you further down. Let’s get crackin’!

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What you’ll need

  • Inner pages
    Use paper from a paper pad, blank printer paper, design your own and print or print the free designs below.
  • Cover
    Patterned paper or cardstock is perfect for this!
  • Cutting tool
    I used both my paper trimmer (in the photo) and a cutting mat + scalpel/knife.
  • Bone folder
    Use the end of a ruler or similar, if you don’t have a bone folder
  • Ruler
    A t-square ruler makes getting the angles exactly 90 degrees super easy, so you don’t get a wonky notebook. And if you plan to cut your notebook with a scalpel/knife you’ll want to use a metal ruler to avoid damaging the ruler when you cut.
  • Sewing machine
    Any kind will do. You can also use a long-reach stapler or even just a needle and thread (if you’re patient and don’t mind the handmade look).
  • Pen

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How to make your notebook

First things first. Let’s make some inner pages for your notebook!

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Me Right Now | 12 in 14 December Challenge

12 in 14 December | Me Right Now | Scrapbooking Challenge | Paper Nerd

Hey paper nerd!

This December is completely ridiculous – so much work. And I feel super duper pregnant.

I also feel like every blog post lately has been very ‘I’m so pregnant!’ and I’m not a fan of that … It’s just my reality so bear with me once more.

Being increasingly exhausted while trying to get everything done before Christmas is a race I can’t win. But I’m trying to keep up. How are you doing this December? I hope you’re able to enjoy it fully. :)

Speaking of ‘how are you doing’ – for this month’s crafting challenge I want to see what you’re up to right now. Create a “me right now” project and share in the link-up for a chance to win. I wanna see what you’re up to and how you’re doing!

Let’s take a closer look at the layout I created for the December 12 in 14 challenge.

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So uhm. That’s totally me in my undies. It doesn’t bother me much to share ’cause all I really see is the belly. One of the most beautiful things in the world is the female body, in all it’s forms, so I definitely wanted to document this moment in time.

Maybe I’m just sentimental (hormonal) ’cause I’m thinking a lot about that spark of life and how women carry and nurture and grow this tiny spark within them. It’s beyond magic. It’s miraculous.

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I went for a different kind of color scheme this time than I usually do. I also went bold with patterns, stamping and alphas.

I wanted the layout to feel very graphic and strong with lots of straight lines and angles and navy blue. And then added some contrast with the soft pinks and feathers (one of my all time fave patterned papers by October Afternoon).

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I added one of my Good Words cards to the layout as well. I love the simple and understated quotes. Sometimes the words just need to speak for themselves – no embellishment, no pow.

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And the November winner is…

Lisa Borbely!

Big congrats, Lisa, and thanks for sharing two lovely projects this month. :) You guys NEED to see the second one: A beautiful black and white themed Project Life spread. So good! And quite a clever way to up your chances for being drawn as a winner! ;) I’ll get in touch with you via email, Lisa.

Thanks to everyone who participated! I’m so grateful that you want to play along.

12 in 15?

Before I go I want to share that there will in fact be brand new challenges and prizes on the blog in all of 2015. It’s gonna be an exciting year and I want to try new things, new projects and be even more crafty and messy. :)

I hope you’ll join me.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day!

xo Nina

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Respect yourself | Get Messy Art Journal

Paper Nerd Art Journal | Get Messy Art Journal Challenge #getmessyartjournalchallenge by Nina Christensen

Hey paper nerd.

This week’s art journaling update is mostly photos. I’m overworked and not feeling particularly chatty. I am however giving some deliberate thought to today’s subject: Respecting yourself.

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At the moment I’m focusing on becoming less of a doormat and actually allowing myself to trust my gut and ask myself: “Is this what YOU want?”.

I’ve never felt like I’m a people pleaser. Cause that’s not what it’s about. I don’t enjoy always giving in to what other people want and expect. I’m not always dreaming up ways to make other people’s lives better. Mainly I’m just scared.

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Scared of conflict. Scared of tension. I will avoid it at any cost, pretty much.

This causes me to never stick to my guns. To agree to things I don’t want to. And in return it’s made me very introverted, I think. I don’t like the company of others because it’s very exhausting to have my antennae out all the time. Always smoothing things over and feeling very conscious of people’s reactions to me. Do they approve of me?

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I don’t know what’s caused this.

My therapist says I’m extremely normal and extremely vulnerable. I agree.

And sorry, I may be over-sharing again but I figure if you’ve read this far it’s your own fault. ;) Also, sharing is good because it may help someone else who feels the same.

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Thanks for reading this. Thanks for being here.

I was just making some changes in my newsletter setup and became so humbled by the amount of people who’ve signed up for it. I have the best readers ever and I’m so grateful for every one of you, I can’t even tell you.

Thank you!

Have a lovely Thursday evening.

xo Nina

This project is part of the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge created by Caylee Grey and Lauren You can join too! #getmessyartjournal

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Documenting our December | December Daily Freebie

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Hey paper nerd

So what’s this? It looks suspiciously like a December Daily project. Am I really going to attempt documenting December again? After three failed/incomplete years?

Uhm, the answer is yes. So either I’m a slow learner or just seriously optimistic, right? Well, the main reason I’ve decided giving it a go (besides the fact that I love starting new projects) is this:

I’ve become really comfortable with printables + hybrid scrapbooking, and I believe it will make the project way easier to complete. 

31 Days Transparent Overlays

I’ve created a big set of printable designs (numbers really) to keep the album cohesive and simple.

I need it to be cohesive otherwise I’ll hate it. I just know that. So I’m going with a overall minty/teal look, sprinkled with black, white, gold and touches of red so it won’t get boring. :)

And I need it to be simple because it’s the only way I’ll be able to finish. I suck at daily projects but I really, really, really want to remember these days.

You can find the 31 Days Transparent Overlays in my shop. Remember, they’re not particularly Christmassy so don’t be afraid to use them in Project Life, 30 Days of Lists and other projects where dates and numbers are essential.

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Freebie for you!

I wanna give you all the Big Numbers and Framed Numbers in White to play with – for free.

Download 31 Days Transparent Overlays Freebie in White

You get 31 Big Numbers in White and 31 Framed Numbers in White (in four versions – one for every number position). I’m really bad at math, but that’s a lot of ready-to-use hi-res PNGs! They’re all 4×4 inches but can be scaled down if that’s your jam.

Take a look below at some of the uses I’ve come up with for my December Daily 2014 album. I’ve made journaling cards for each day using the colored Big Numbers, and small 2×2 cards using the Big Numbers as well.

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December Daily |Documenting my December 2014 | Nina is a Paper Nerd

I hope you like the freebie and the full 31 Days Transparent Overlays set too. :)

Have a lovely December and good luck with your documenting!

xo Nina

Ps. December Daily is an annual project invented by Ali Edwards. In the unlikely case you didn’t know. :)

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Focus | Get Messy Art Journal

Paper Nerd Art Journal | Get Messy Art Journal Challenge #getmessyartjournalchallenge by Nina Christensen

Hey paper nerd!

It’s the last Thursday of the month which means: Get Messy prompt day!

This month’s creative prompt is to pick a word, one word, that describes you right now. Mine is focus.

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Focus

Explanation coming right up. :)

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Guess it’s normal for anyone who’s nearing the end of their pregnancy and the end of the year to be very aware of how they’re spending their time. Sometimes I do in fact feel like my ‘days are numbered’, so to speak. And that gives me tremendous focus. I feel like I’ve never been this productive in my life and I quite like it. I can also feel my body telling me to slow down.

These pages weren’t very planned out – the ‘focus’ page is just the backside of another really messy page I made – but I quite like how it turned out. I still can’t believe how well this format (planner/binder system) is working out! So good. So easy.

Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Hope you’re having a lovely and messy week. :)

xo Nina

This project is part of the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge created by Caylee Grey and Lauren You can join too! #getmessyartjournal

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