DIY Travel Notebook Inserts

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

Happy Friday, everyone!

The release of the American Crafts Journal Studio collection has really inspired me lately.

If you haven’t seen the new line yet, go HERE…you will be FLOORED!

Now, I love all of the new notebooks, embellishments & tools that come with the collection, but I got to thinking that I would love to add something a little more custom to my journal as well.

That’s when I decided to create some of my own pocket inserts.

These paper folders are perfect for holding, receipts, sticker sheets, recipes, schedules, etc. – really anything you need to take along with you…and, because they’re relatively easy to make, you can whip up as many as you need using whatever paper is making you the happiest.

I chose Heidi’s new Emerson Lane collection for my pockets…and they’re absolutely beautiful.

Here’s everything I used…

 

 

 

*Emerson Lane 12×12 paper pad…along with some single sheets of Emerson Lane double-sided 12×12 paper

*Emerson Lane Ephemera

*Emerson Lane Stickers

also…

*scoring board & bone folder…but you can just use a regular old ruler if you don’t have those

*adhesive

*craft knife, ruler & self-healing craft mat

*1″ circle punch & corner rounder (optional)

…and here are the inserts I’ve created…

 

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

The possibilities are endless with these folders…your imagination is really the only limit when it comes to the variety of pockets you can create.

I sat down one afternoon and just started folding…and I’ve come up with 3 different tutorials to share with you.

I’ll share one of them here, and you can visit my blog HERE to see the other two.

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

Here’s the first design…

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

This insert has one bottom pocket & one side pocket, and can be made with just a single sheet of 12×12 patterned paper…I like to use double-sided paper for this one.

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

  1. Start by cutting your paper down to 10.5″ wide x 12″ high

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

2. Next, turn your paper over and make the folds shown above.

NOTE: I like to use a scoring board and bone folder to make these scores/folds, but you can definitely just use a ruler if you prefer.

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

3. On your self-healing craft mat, and, using your craft knife, trim your paper in 4″ from the left edge and along the 3.5″ from the bottom scored line. Trim down the 4″ score line as well and remove your cut papaper.

NOTE: In these photos I had already made my fold at 8″. You can either do this first or not…it truly doesn’t matter.

You’ll see how this cut will look in the next photo.

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

4. Then, again using your craft knife, trim a diagonal line from the corner of your first cut down to the bottom of your paper. You can just eyeball this measurement…I think mine went over about and inch and a half.

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

This is how your paper should look.

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

5. Fold up your bottom flap and adhere it only along the left-hand edge of your “folder.”

6. If you haven’t done so already, fold your paper at the 8″ mark and adhere this new pocket at only the top and bottom edges.

7. Round your top corners if you wish.

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

And you’re done!

Now you can add your new folder into your journal the same way you would with any notebook insert.

So fun, right?

Here are the other folders I made…don’t forget to head on over to my BLOG to see just how to make them.

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

Here’s just your basic 2 pocket insert.

This one’s made with 2 sheets of double-sided 12×12 patterned paper.

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

Here’s another of the same style I created with 2 sheets of single-sided 12×12 patterned paper.

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

This next one’s a little bigger and can hold more stuff…

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

Again, just two sheets of 12×12 paper…it’s up to you if you’d like to use double-sided.

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

I love my new folders!

And they fit perfectly inside my new Journal Studio journal!

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

Thank you so much for taking a look.

I hope I’ve inspired you to create some custom pocket inserts for your journal…

Tag me on Instagram @maggiemassey and show me what you’re making!

Journal Studio Folder Inserts Tutorial :: Heidi Swapp Emerson Lane | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

Supplies | Emerson Lane Double-Sided patterned paper, Emerson Lane 12×12 paper pad, Emerson Lane Stickers, Emerson Lane Ephemera, scoring board & bone folder, craft knife, ruler, self-healing craft mat, adhesive, 1″ circle punch (optional), corner rounder (optional)

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