Every Day Carry Notebook (EDCN) Version 2

Paper System of Choice: Munk’s EDCN “Every Day Carry Notebook V.2”
Weapon of Choice: “Thunderbird 2” 1968 Montgomery Ward Signature 440T #B8860433 Back Cover Right Edge, protected by Pen Loop. Pen Loop sized for Sakura Pigma Micron drafting pens. Left (back) edge, protected by Tyvek spine cover. Open writing position, cover folded behind. Interior divider tab. I made both plain and Pocket versions. Pocket tab divider. Back cover pocket. Patterns for front & Back covers. Glue inner front cover paper to lip of front cover, and loop over your favorite pen for exact sizing. Use straight edge to tuck loop tight against pen and start gluing inder paper to cover from there. Setting up the Wilson Jones Hummer to 2-hole punch size standard for EDCN binding. The edge of the hole should be 1 1/4″ from top and bottom for centering the 2 3/4″ Acco Prong Binder. Cover patterns completed. I’ve included 5 different kinds of filler paper in the EDCN to try out for various things. I’m really liking the Wausau Basis 70 Exact Matte Coated White right now. Using the carry handle strap from the Trader Joe’s bag to add a closure strap? Nah – let’s not go overboard here.. :D

Updated: January 3, 2023 — 4:58 pm


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  1. This is just awesome! I love it when you deep-dive into a new project. I can see this idea getting some Internet traction if you post it to, say, a notebook sub-Reddit.

    1. I don’t have a Reddit account :D

  2. Mega upgrades! Wow. My DIY planner cover–made simply from a piece of felt and a metal snap–seems overly simplistic by comparison. But good call on ditching the strap idea. Save the scrap for another project. You seem to be a master at repurposing. Really impressive, Ted.

  3. So much fun, so many possibilities. I’m especially intrigued by the carbon paper. Street poets could use something like this to collect carbon copies of the poems they hand out.

  4. Fine notebook.

  5. Awesome notebook! I dig your deep dives.

  6. This is a great project, Ted, and one I may well try and modify to fit my needs. One could create a specialized calendar, say, or create a project notebook where there’s a sameness to the categories. A do-it-yourself mileage log comes to mind, as does a recipe notebook, a shopping list notebook, and etc.

    I use a longer arm stapler to make 5.5 x 8.5″ booklets, too, but I like the shirt pocket idea a lot.

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