If you want to customise your school notebooks and control the look of your pages, you can do so in your own home, without spending much money. If you have a few basic tools, you can make your own notebook pages with the colours, designs and sizes that you like. You don't need to buy notebook paper again if you use this process to make your own, and you can even add your own personal touch to your notes.
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Things you need
- Internet access
- Graphic editing program
Log on to an online notebook paper generator (see Resources). Scroll down the page and click on the "Writing and Note-taking" category. Wait for the next page to load.
Click on the "Notebook Paper" or "Lined Paper" sections. Choose the notebook paper if you want your paper to be traditional legal or college ruled pages (best for school), or just lined paper if you are making a journal-type notebook. Wait for the generator page to load.
Choose the size for your notebook pages from the options provided, or type in your own custom size. For notebook pages that fit inside a 3-ring binder, choose the "Other..." option and type in 8 by 10.5 inches in the boxes provided.
Change the line-spacing to your liking (wide, college, legal etc.) and choose a custom colour for the lines. Choose from the options already suggested on the generator or click "Custom." A colour picker will appear where you can slide the arrow up and down and move the circle to choose the exact colour that you want.
Click on "Download PDF" at the bottom of the generator when you are done customising the look of the notebook pages. Open the PDF file on your computer once it is downloaded and go to "File" and then "Print." Print as many copies as you want to put into your notebook.
Open a simple graphic editing program like Microsoft Paint or Apple Paintbrush. You can use a more advanced one, but you most likely already have one of these on your computer. Go to "Image" and then "Attributes" in the top menu. Enter the size you want in the width and height boxes and choose the unit of measure (inches or centimetres). Type in 8 by 10.5 inches for standard notebook pages.
Click on the "Line" tool in the toolbox and choose the second line thickness from the top in the box that appears below the toolbox. Pick a colour from the colour palette. Click on the top edge of the canvas, about 1/8 of the way across and drag your mouse to make a vertical line. Make sure it is straight and release the mouse. This is the left margin line of your notebook paper.
Choose the thinnest line thickness and pick a new colour from the colour palette. Make a straight horizontal line about 1/8 of the way from the top of the paper, from left to right horizontally. Draw another horizontal line below the first one.
Click on "View" and then "Zoom" in the menu and select 200 per cent. Click on the selection tool (the dotted line rectangle) and click and drag around the two horizontal lines to select them. Make sure you only have the two horizontal lines selected with the space between them selected and right-click with your mouse.
Select "Copy", right click-again and select "Paste". Position the lines below the first two, with the same space between. Repeat this step until you have the whole paper filled with horizontal lines like a notebook. Paste small clip art images in the corner to decorate your paper (see Resources). Go to "File" and then "Print" to print out as many copies as you need.
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