Do you have a Traveler’s Notebook? If you do, you need to fill it up with inserts to suit your needs. Even if you don’t have a TN, the inserts available are so awesome! They are a great portable size to take on the go or tuck inside your purse.
Currently I have a monthly planner, a bullet journal, an expense planner, meal planner, and a blog planner… and there are many other options out there.
Why buy refill inserts when you can print your own? I get mine in PDF form so I can just re-print them as I need them, which is convenient and cost-effective. My favourite inserts are sold here.
Once you’ve downloaded the insert of choice, it’s time to print and assemble! This was the tricky part for me… it took me five tries to get the pages to print in the right order, five!!! That’s a lot of wasted paper and expensive printer ink. So I thought it would be nice to help a sister out, and share what I finally did to get it right.
Before I begin, I should let you know that I use a Mac computer and my printer does not have the ability (that I’m aware of) to automatically print double-sided pages. Your computer and/or printer may have different options, so keep that in mind. This should work for you, but I can’t make any promises.
After you’ve downloaded your printable insert, you need to open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don’t have that yet, not to worry, it’s a free download.
Once you’ve opened the .pdf file in the Acrobat Reader, click “print”. The screen should show the options below:
Make sure you’ve selected the correct settings, as shown above.
- page size -“Booklet”
- booklet subset –“Front side only”
- binding -“Left (Tall)”
Then click the “Print” button, and the front side of your pages will print. Once they are printed, you need to re-order the pages.
- Take the page from the top of the pile, and place it (still face up) on the table.
- Take the next page, place it on top of the first, and repeat until all of the pages are piled.
- Finally, take your newly re-ordered stack and place it face up, right side up in the paper tray of your printer.
To print the other side of your booklet pages, the only option you need to change is Booklet Subset to “Back side only”. Once they’re printed, we can fold and assemble!
To cut your booklet to the correct size, trim the top and bottom of the pages. My preferred booklet size is 8.25″ tall. If you like, you can also add a cover (laminated or card stock) and then staple it together.
Voila! You now have a booklet you can put into your Traveler’s Notebook, or tuck into your purse.
Did my instructions help you? Do you have any other tricks for printing and assembling booklets? Comment below, I’d love to hear about it!