Marcia gets crafty 7 – elastic notebooks

these elastic books are inspired by Aimee
What you need
  • Postcards or other project board (I liked the idea of finally using postcards I’ve been keeping)
  • Blank or lined paper
  • Elastic band (I happened to have coloured ones so I co-ordinated the colours with the postcards
How to make them
  • Fold the postcard in half
  • Choose about 5 – 10 sheets of paper per book. Fold in half and make sure the paper will fit neatly inside the postcard.
  • Use your fingers (I don’t have fancy “tools”) to make firm folds in the paper.
  • Place inside the folded postcard.
  • Stretch an elastic band along the spine and fold close.
  • Ta da – as easy as that you are done.


this postcard is from a penpal I had AGES ago, from Slovenia
I’d bought a pack of index CARDS and when I opened the pack, the CARDS were actually paper. Faxed them a complaint and of course, they didn’t respond. This is me “letting go” and using the paper for something else.

How to use them
  • I gave some to our PA to take all the coffee orders in our meetings 🙂
  • I keep one in the car to make notes while driving (well, at the traffic lights)
  • One lives in my handbag
  • One lives in the kitchen so we can make quick notes
  • Give them to your kids (Kendra loves to also have a “book” like Mummy)
  • Give them away as random acts of kindness
When you’ve finished writing on all the paper, if your postcard is still looking good (my first one looked well-used), you should just add more paper.
Very green of me, don’t you think? 🙂

Who else loves paper?

Do you keep a notebook in the car?


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  1. Great idea! I don’t have a fancy bone folder either, I simply use a metal letter opener I have. I just need to be careful not to mark the crease too hard (it’s made to cut through paper after all) but it works beautifully to press the fold and make it stay!
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  3. I love keeping old post cards and stamps. and yes I LOVE PAPPER!
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  4. I love “fresh” paper and note pads but keep a plain old notepad in the car for emergency shopping lists, client meetings at the last minute (these things happen in Ghana) and something to keep the kids entertained with. I also keep 3 pens in my handbag for this same reason!

    • Marcia Francois says

      LOL Nicky, we have “out and about” bags. Plain and simple backpacks with a set of crayons (6) for each baby, an exercise book, a magnadoodle (but a cheap version), set of stacking cups and a stuffed animal. They only see these things when we’re out so it’s always FRESH for them 🙂

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