I posted this video today and have had requests for how to make the laminated flyleaf, so I thought I'd write a post on it. It's actually incredibly useful. Skip to around 1:00 in to see what I'm talking about on the video.
People seem to have "dashboards" in their Filofaxes and other various notebook systems (I have a Midori full-size traveler's notebook right now), but I could never make one that did anything but annoy me and fall out of the book. That was the problem to be solved.
Stuff you need:
- A laminator (or packing tape would probably work, but it wouldn't look that good...laminators are cheap, and I find tons of uses for mine)
- Cardstock, scrapbook paper, or whatever is lying around that looks nice to you and is a bit thick
- Optional but nice: pretty tape for the bendy areas
- Also optional: pics to stick on the inside
Use a paper trimmer to cut out two pieces of 11 x 21-cm cardstock. This is the size of a standard Midori page. These are the front and back. Put them on either side of whatever you want between them and measure how far apart the edges are in the middle (that's the spine: the green squiggle in the diagram).
I have mine just tucked around one of my inserts, but you could slide it around as many as you like. Just account for the space you'll need at the "spine" or the wrap won't wrap very well.
After you have decided how much room you need between cardstock columns, put some cute washi or Duck tape in the middle, and use two strips, front and back, so the tape sticks to itself. Also stick some of the same tape to the far right of the right cardstock column. This will be the side that becomes a flap/bookmark. Since there's nothing there, just tape a second strip of tape on the opposite side of the cardstock.
Now it's laminating time. Turn yours on to heat it up, and add any decorations you want for either of the inside (or outside) flaps. I left my outsides just showing the pretty scrapbook paper I used, but I did put photos on the inside flap.
Since you've already measured what size your spine needs to be and it's already taped to start the spine, it's not hard to slip this construction into a laminator sheet. I used a few glue dots on my photos to keep them from slipping.
When the laminator has laminated, fold and unfoled the two places along your tape, between the paper sheets and at the far end, to make them bendy and flexible. You may need to trim the far short bookmark edge as well, but basically just slip the cover around the insert(s) you want and voilà! Tuck the short far right edge to "today" or "this week" or wherever you flip to most often, and put dashboard stuff on the insides of the cover (I have sticky notes everywhere, but everyone is different).
The short edge you'll use as a bookmark is transparent, so you can still see your schedule/notes. Or you can be like me and use it as a sticky-note repository. On the other (front) side, I stuck on a pen holder from MochiThings.com (http://www.mochithings.com/stickers/leather-pen-holder/5418), because when are those NOT handy?
It's an extremely handy widget to have in a journal or planner. I hope folks find it useful!