My Dori Insert Makings

The other day, when I’m sure I was supposed to be doing something else, I came up with what I thought was a pretty clever idea. It started when I was about to use an insert I had purchased to do some art journaling in. The kraft colored paper was less than inspiring.

So, I put a think on it, “What would be inspiring?” Scrapbook paper! but, then I’d have to make a space for journaling. Graph paper! but then I’d have just a bunch of lines, not much more inspiring than the kraft paper.

So, I came up with this…

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How about printing graph lines onto the plain side of scrapbook paper!?

And here is how I did it…

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First, I chose some pretty colors of one-sided, thin scrapbook paper. The package didn’t say the weight, but I’m guessing about 24 lb., slightly heavier than average copy paper.

Next, cut them down to 8 1/2″ x 11″, so that they will fit into your printer.

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I purchased the pdf for this graph paper from One Little Penguin on Etsy for $4.00, can you say “Bargain”!

I set my printer to “borderless 8 1/2″ x 11” and hit “fill entire page” to completely fill the paper up.

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These are the tools I used, a ready made insert to get the right size, a cutting mat, a rotary cutter, a ruler, a bone folder, a long arm stapler from Amazon, and a brayer to get the crease nice and flat.

These tools are mentioned in the Youtube video I watched to learn how to make these. The link is *here* if you want to take a look, there are lots of videos on how to do this if that one doesn’t tickle your fancy.

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Once the inserts are made, you can use the leftovers to make matching ephemera! I ran some plain copy paper through to make matching graph paper for journaling pieces.

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See all the mixy-matchy! I added a few store-bought ephemera pieces and stickers too, how fun is that!

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It doesn’t take very much time or effort to get some page spreads ready for journaling and decorating! Stickers, stamping, more washi, and journaling, these pages fill up fast and look fantastic!

 I have already filled these two page spreads out, so it’s time to get some more done!

Thank you for stopping by,

Have a great weekend,

~Patty

7 thoughts on “My Dori Insert Makings

  1. Love this idea so much! I might have to try it on my next insert. So smart to create matching ephemera too. Also thank you for sharing tgat digital graph paper pack 🙂
    Question, do you use a tab punch out to create some of the ephemera? If so, where did you get it? I’ve been wanting to make my own tabs for journals.

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  2. patty-this is brilliant! graph paper on the backside of thinner scrapbook paper!!! 2 thumbs up for your “think about” 🙂 also- glad you shared Ray’s video-i meant to subscribe to his channel awhile back and had forgotten so now i’m following. also-the rotary cutter… do you like using it as opposed to an exacto knife? i’ve never used one but am thinking i would like it more than using my exacto knife (plus it would be safer) i think i’ll pick one up and give it a try. love all your “mixy matchy” great post 🙂 tfs

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