Hi everyone! Today’s post is a DIY I’ve been wanting to show you for a while. I am going to show you how I made my pockets for my discbound notebooks.
This is a very simple project to do, so anyone can do it!
What you need
- cardboard of your choice, or maybe decorative paper, if you’d like (just make sure it’s somewhat durable)
- x-acto knife
- hole punch
How to do it
First, you need to know what size you want your pocket to be. In my case, I wanted my pocket to be the same size as my paper, so 10,5cm x 14,8cm, which is A6. I drew out a rectangle with those dimensions using the corner of the sheet to make my job easier, BUT I made it 4mm taller, so 10,5cm x 15,2cm. You’ll see why in a second.
After that, you draw another rectangle to the right, with the exact same size.
Once you have two rectangles, you can define how you’d like your actual pocket to be. I wanted mine to be diagonal, and to be kind of centered, so that I could see whatever I put in it peeking out. I also wanted it to lean to the left, just because I thought it would look better.
To make that happen, I marked where I wanted the highest and lowest points of the pocket to be. It’s important that if you want your pocket to lean to the left like mine, you make the draft leaning to the right, because you will later fold it and it will be mirrored!
As you can see, I made two little diagonal lines on the bottom left. Those are also important, because they’re what is going to close your pocket on the bottom, so that your stuff doesn’t come out. There is no measurement for this, just make two diagonal lines and it’ll work, trust me!
Now it’s time to cut! You can use scissors, but if you’d like more precision, use an x-acto knife or any cutting utensil with a blade.
What do you cut? You only cut the outside, do not cut all the way down the line that divides your rectangles, you only cut until the point that you established your pocket would begin at. You also cut the extra 4mm on the right side, because you only need them on one side to give support. Cut along the little diagonal lines too.
Once you’ve cut it all up, it should look something like this.
Time to fold and glue your pocket together!
This part is very easy: you just fold the bottom strip up, and the right portion to the left, over the main rectangle. After you have made the lines of demarcation, you can go ahead and apply some glue to the bottom strip, and glue it to the right portion.
It should look something like this:
As you can see, the bottom part is glued, but the left part is not, and that is because we’re going to hole punch it, so the glue wouldn’t change anything.
The final step is hole punching your pocket. I used my ARC punch from Staples, because I wanted a pocket for my discbound notebook, and I happen to have the punch. If you don’t have this punch, you can use a regular punch, just make sure you cut little slits so that it can go in your discbound notebook.
If you use a Filofax type of planner, just punch it as if it were a regular sheet of paper, and you can also cut slits if you’d like it to come off easier, although I do not recommend that. Cardboard is not THAT durable, so I avoid consistently taking it out and putting it on my planner.
And that’s it!! Now you can put it in your planner/journal and start filling it in! I know it might seem like it’s a lot of work, especially considering the length of this post, but trust me, it took me like 5 minutes to make a pocket like this, it’s super easy!
And the best part is that you can make pockets for any kind of binder/notebook/planner you want, just make sure that you adjust the size, and the punching of course.
I made two of these, and decorated them differently:
What I use it for:
In my big notebook, I used it to keep my favorite sticker sheets in. That way, they were always with me, but they weren’t loose or separated!
In my mini notebook, I have been using my pocket to keep any receipts of the day in. I later go through them, and write down my expenses. This is because I like to know exactly how I spend my money, and what I spend it on. So this is a great addition to my tiny little planner!
I hope you guys liked this little DIY project, and if you try it out definitely let me know, and tell me what you use them for!! You can tag me on Instagram or something like that, I would love to see your take on this. And if you would like to see more DIY’s, let me know in the comments below and I’ll gladly do it ♡
See you on my next post!! ♡