I acquired a bunch of moleskine cahiers for free. I have a lot of assorted field notes and other things as well. I have so many unused/half used notebooks and sketchbooks in my place.
I've always struggled to find a note keeping system that works for me. I struggle primarily because I often capture my thoughts electronically and on paper, so the lack of crosstalk/consolidation across these channels makes it hard for there to be "one place for everything". Aside from that, I also have a desire to keep work-related things physically separate from my personal notes, yet I want to be able to access and write in both categories of notes, iregardless of where I am.
Inspired by some of my staionery-loving friends and the Midori traveler's notebooks, I thought about make a DIY cover that could fit at least 2 booklets. One booklet could be for work-related matters, while another could be for personal matters. Then I can swap them in/out when one gets full, or really, whenever I want.
This is a prototype! I bought a scrap piece of leather for $3, and the elastic cord was 69 cents a yard at Designer Fabrics. The leather piece I bought can make at least 3 covers total, so definitely affordable. The only thing that I didn't have that would be nice, was a leather punch or some way to make nice round holes in the leather piece. I ended up just cutting crosshairs in the leather to get the thread through.
Many lessons learned! I've already started on the next journal cover, and hopefully that will be a bit more polished. Overall it was a very simple project. I left a fold-over edge on mine to keep the paper edges "extra" protected, but it also doubled as a pen holder!
Tutorials that I found helpful are listed below: