DIY Vintage Postcard Notebooks {Tutorial}


Weeks ago, I was a part of organizing a conference called CMRecharge. It was a conference filled with the most creative, intelligent, and fun attendees. Ben and Bonnie and I (the organizers) tried SO incredibly hard to fill the room with neat conversation pieces that were also sustainable. Learn more about how it was done here.

One of these conversation pieces were the notebooks that we provided. Every conference gives away a notebook. Some of them are great! And some of them are just another notebook. Wanting to make sure that CMRecharge fell in the first category, we figured something fun and original was the way to go. I headed to Pinterest to find ideas for DIY vintage notebooks and I saw a couple made of bound postcards. Sold. I headed to eBay and got started.

300 Vintage Postcards later Ben and Bonnie and I sat in our kitchen, laughed, melted, and smiled at the notes and images that were on these postcards, mostly from the early 1900’s. As we sat and read all of these beautiful notes it dawned upon us that this was the equivalent of social media for these writers in these times.


The assortment of cards that came was amazing. There were cards from all around the world. These would make a great gift for a family member or friend, especially if you find ones that would be from places near and dear to their hearts.


Each notebook was made of a front and back cover (postcards), plain paper (leftover from our wedding programs), and some baker’s twine. Throw a three hole punch and some scissors in there and you have what you need:)


1. Pick your postcards for the front and back.

2. Cut the paper to postcard size.

3. You want two holes at the top of each postcard. *hint: to get the holes in the perfect spot each time, mark your three hole punch with a piece of tape to use as an aligner.


4. Add about 25 pieces of paper (or however many you desire) in between each postcard.

5. Cut your pieces of bakers twine and tie them through the holes. *hint: tie them loosely so that your notebook can be opened all the way.





About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. Such a cute idea! Love it!!
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  2. I have tons of vintage postcards; they’re SO gonna get this treatment. 😉
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  3. What a neat idea! I love this…a book, repurposing and so cool.
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