Making a Notebook for my Bag

I like to have a notebook in my bag to jot notes on, and often I want to tear those notes out and hand them to someone, so today I made a prototype of a “removable notes” notebook:

Photo of the front of the Removable Notes Notebook

When I write “prototype” I really mean “rough and ready,” as I encountered some challenges with the stab binding that rendered it less than I would like it to be (and those challenges most extended from my complete inability to thread needles). But the concept worked.

The “removable” nature of the notes by running the signatures through “perf rule” on my letterpress, a hardened-steel perforated cutting blade that does a remarkably good job at perforating:

Photo of perf rule on my letterpress

Here’s a short video of the “removability” of the notes in action:

It’s a very pleasing tear.


Susan White's picture
Susan White on December 31, 2018 - 12:17 Permalink

That's a great little notepad! Well done.

Katherine Burnett's picture
Katherine Burnett on January 1, 2019 - 11:56 Permalink

I would say that's the perfect tear. Could such a tea(r) notebook be available?

Vivian Beer's picture
Vivian Beer on January 4, 2019 - 08:41 Permalink

Add me to the list of customers.