Ack! It’s that time again, when I need to start a new notebook. I plan my days and keep notes on my progress in a 5×8″ spiral notebook, and since my life is on the busy side, I frequently have to start fresh, when the last one is filled up.
One of the issues I’ve encountered is the variability of “features” — that is, some have pockets inside them, and some don’t. I use the pockets inside my notebooks a lot – to carry receipts and other reminders, as well as pieces of paper I have to reference later.
Pockets are non-negotiable for me. At least, they have become that way after some time of getting used to them. (For the record, I can remember a day when pockets inside spiral notebooks were a real luxury item.)
Anyway, my new notebook doesn’t have any built-in pockets. It does, however, have dividers between several sections. So, using those dividers, I’ve made some pockets myself.
- Spiral notebook with divided sections
- Scotch Tape
- Scissors or other blade, like an exacto knife
First, open up the notebook to a divider – see, no pockets:
Looking at the notebook you want to emulate, see and appreciate how much better pockets make a notebook:
Now, go back to your “challenged” notebook and turn over a blank page on top of the divider.
Now, if you want to have two pockets – one on each side of the divider, turn over the dividing page and do the same to the blank page on the side. Cut halfway down, and fold down the page halfway. Make sure the edges all line up, neat and tidy.
Now, get your scotch tape and run a long piece of tape down the edge of one of the half pages. You don’t want to tape anything else, except the paper pocket you’re creating.
Now, turn over the divider and line up the half page on the other side, and fold over the scotch tape to anchor this side in place. Make sure you’re careful about lining up the edges, so you have a clean, neat seal.