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#InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Art Fest event photos courtesy of SM Stationery

Last month, I partnered with Instax once again to spend an hour or so crafting with fellow instax lovers at the SM Stationery Art Fest event at SM The Block. My notebook addiction was at peak, so making instax pocket notebooks was top of mind. To learn how to make your own, read on!

I Try DIY | #InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

To start, download Instax frame template (from our friends at Instax Philippines). Use it as a guide to cut out your frame. The small inner guides are small slits to house the instax prints, and to close your notebook shut.

I Try DIY | #InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Make sure to use a sturdy cardstock! The higher the GSM, the better. For this particular tutorial, I used a 300GSM cardstock with a chalkboard finish on one side. (You can buy this or this, or DIY with chalkboard paint!)

I Try DIY | #InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Here’s where you can let loose! Decorate what will be the outer cover. I love using adhesive washi sheets, because it’s quick and easy! (Try using this or this adhesive washi pads.)

I Try DIY | #InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

I just cut the washi into triangles, and just pieced them together like a puzzle.

I Try DIY | #InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Once you’ve finished putting it all together, go back and make sure the inner slits are still cut through and through.

I Try DIY | #InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Next, prepare the leaves of paper for your notebook. You can download these free grid, dotted and lined printable templates HERE. For this tutorial, I just went with plain US Letter sized paper. I used about 4 sheets, and cut them into quarters.

I Try DIY | #InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Then, I folded it in half. It fits nearly perfect in the instax notebook frame!

I Try DIY | #InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Check to see if you need to trim off the edges.

I Try DIY | #InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Cut as needed.

I Try DIY | #InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Next, align the spines of both the folded pages and one edge of the notebook.

I Try DIY | #InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Staple along the fold.

I Try DIY | #InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Check to see if the staples went all the way through. Flatten and fix as needed.

I Try DIY | #InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Check to make sure the pocket notebook closes securely.

I Try DIY | #InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Flip the notebook over, and add your favorite instax print into the frame.

I Try DIY | #InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Make one, two or more easily!

I Try DIY | #InstaxAndCrafts Pocket Notebook at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Tag @mikkomix or @itrydiy when you post your final projects on instagram. I’d love to see your work! Happy crafting!