- cardboard or thick paper for your note cards
- thick board (I used 2mm thick grayboard)
- paper for covering (cloth and fabric are also ok)
- natural fibre fabric for lining and hinging (paper ok for lining, but some fabric or cloth is needed for the hinge)
- a small box clasp with tiny nails (optional)
- small-ish glue brush
- triangle ruler (my father made me this out of scrap metal, hence the red paint. so, no, it's not blood)
- sharp pencil for making super accurate markings
- a mat knife or preferably something even sturdier for cutting the board
- scissors, sandpaper, glue, a weight cardboard for the index tab cards
- (optional: lacquer, a brush for the lacquer)
Wrap a piece of sandpaper around a block of wood and sand the outer edges and corners of the box so that they're nice and smooth and perhaps even a bit rounded. Leave alone the edges that will face each other. If they're really uneven, then sand away but a rounded look is not what we're aiming for there.
Cover the outsides of both box halves apart from the sides where the hinge will be. Leave small flaps at that edge. You can freestyle this covering process or see above photos for my way of doing it.
Cut two pieces of fabric the same width as your box - one of them about 3cm over the height of the finished box and the other only 0,5cm over the height of the finished box.
Glue the smaller piece of fabric flush with the exposed back edge of one of your box halves and glue down the flaps of your cover material. Place the halves together so that the hinge flap lies doubled over between them. Fold the larger piece in half to mark the center and place it over the hinge area. Cut the fabric into shape (see photo) and glue one half down. Whilst holding the halves firmly in position glue down the other half making sure that the hinge are is well adhered.Let dry for a while.
Close the box and cut the remaining back hinge fabric flush with the top edge of the box. Glue the fabric and the remaining flaps of cover material in place.
Cover the exposed back hinge with two strips of paper leaving a tiny gap between them where the hinge is. This is to prevent the paper from buckling and creasing and the hinge area from bulging when the box is opened.
At this stage, give the box a nice coating of lacquer and attach the box clasp if you're in the mood for one or the other. You'll be fine without a clasp too. The full width fabric hinge is sturdy enough to keep the top and bottom halves straight.
Cut your lining material into two long strips (with some extra width) and two squares that will cover the insides of the box. Fold the strips into shape by moulding them into place with your fingers (I left a little bit of the top inside edge showing but it's fine to go flush with the edge too). Cut triangles out of the corner areas to avoid excess material bulging. Glue the strips into place one side at a time. Check the size of your fabric squares and glue them in place. Let dry.
Craft yourself some tab cards and name them according to your needs. Enjoy your newly finished non-linear notebook and put it to good use! Let me know what you think! If you have any questions or comments, please share.
Please note that this tutorial is for personal use only. You are allowed to use this tutorial to make box notebooks for yourself and for strictly non-commercial purposes. However you're not allowed to sell items based on this tutorial or to reproduce or sell this tutorial.