Making a dotted notebook from free printables

How I made this booklet

Our free dotted printable papers come in many sizes and with two grid sizes, 5 mm (most common) and smaller 3,5 mm. They can be used in ringbound planners and binders, or why not make a notebook!

I used the 5 mm grid, A4 horizontal version 1 for my Traveler’s Notebook in regular size. A4 folded once to A5 is the same height as the TN regular, but it is slimmer, so I had to cut the width once it was put together.

You will find more printable goodies on the Freebie page


You will need:

  • Printed dotted pages
  • A kraft paper for your cover
  • A bone folder (optional)
  • A stapler or needle and thread 
  • A paper knife and a cutting mat
  • A ruler, metal if you have it

I choose the 5 mm grid in A4 horizontal size (version 1) from free dotted printable papers page.

I printed 11 sheets which will make a total of 44 pages in my booklet.

Fold all pages including your cover sheet

Fold all pages…

…smoothing them out with a bone folder. This step is optional. 

Combine pages into one signature

Place your folded pages inside of one another.

Looks like a booklet already!

Top view of folded pages with cover.


Staple the spine to make a booklet

I have a stapler with a twisting arm. It lets me staple in the right direction for the spine.

It staples perfectly in the spine.

If you don’t have a stapler with a twisting arm, or one that is specially made for stapling a spine, you still have options!

You can use regular staples, but poke the holes in the spine yourself with a needle, drawing pin or something pointy. Then push the staple through, and bend on the inside.

Use needle and thread and stitch the spine.

Cut to size

Your booklet should now be A5 size, and you could leave it like that. However, there will be overhang towards the center, due to the thickness of the papers.

Measure 11 cm (110 mm or 4.3 inches) from the spine. Make a little mark with a pencil at both the top and bottom.

Place your ruler by your marks and cut! Press down hard on you ruler and pass the knife close to the ruler over the pages many times…

…until all pages are cut through. The booklet is now ready to be decorated and used!

Decorating the cover

I chose to use stickers from our soon opening shop to decorate my cover. 

I placed my new booklet in my Traveler’s Notebook cover and now have a fresh new place for notes.

Posted by Amanda in Crafting Freebies How to Notebooks  Printables Traveler’s Notebooks


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