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Not so pocket-sized notebook

I knew from the very beginning what my handcrafted notebook should look like. My collection of recipes is a pure mess so I decided to give it a special paper book. But I chose the A5 format realizing that true pocket size would be too small.

I like botanical pictures and this orange plant suits it well. I added a headline and printed it on a quite heavy yellowish paper.

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Can you see that blue thing? Nope, that's not an original tool, it's used for spreading the batter over the baking pan and it has very smooth edges :-)

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The resulting triangle on the text block was very visible even with 5 sheets so I trimmed the edges before the actual stitching with a cover. That seemed to be a good decision since my knife isn't so sharp and probably I wouldn't be able to trim the whole notebook in a clean way. 

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Folding the cover was the hardest part for me. The paper was so hard to fold and I did quite ugly creases by doing it starting in the middle. I stopped immediately, flipped the cover and run a needle through the whole fold. This helped a lot and then it was easy to fold it properly. However, the creases were already there and that's a take away for the next time.

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It was very fun and easy to do! I can't wait to write down all the recipes. I'll go with different colors and botanical pictures for the next ones.

Thank you!

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