Looking to produce your own workbooks at home for your next course, a small gathering, a workshop, a mini-class or even the classroom if you’re a teacher?

Today I’ll share some of my easy methods for DIY Workbooks at Home and how you can make your own course workbooks. This lesson only reviews how to physically produce workbooks.

If you want to learn more about design, then sign up for the Incredible Workbooks Course coming out soon!


  • 1:00 1 | 3-Ring Binder w/Clear Cover Insert Slots
  • 1:33 2 | Coil Bind them using a Heidi Swapp Cinch
  • 2:06 3 | U-Clamp
  • 2:58 4 | Self-adhesive Photobook (only for small workbooks)
  • 3:46 5 | Stitch Binding
  • 4:35 What to do with a large stitch binding project
  • 5:17 6 | Staple the center
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Today we’re going to talk about six different ways that you can diy workbooks at home, and I’m talking about producing them, not actually designing them, just taking the pages that you’ve already created, printing them out at home, and making your own workbooks. Hi everyone. I’m Lisa from Pretty Fabulous and I have online businesses create beautiful digital downloads including workbooks using adobe indesign. So if this sounds like you are something you might be interested in, make sure to hit the subscribe button below. I post new videos every Monday and Thursday and I do unboxings on Saturday.

Today I’m going to be showing you six different ways that you can create workbooks at home, and I do this if I have a small event or I have a client that maybe just has 10 or 12 people, they don’t really want to spend a lot of money on professional workbooks, especially if they are still working out the contents in want to Beta test them on a first event.

So what can you do at home with some of your own supplies? Now the first one is the easiest one, and that’s simply to put everything into a binder. Now you can buy a binder. I would suggest getting one with one of these plastic covers so you can put your own cover inside. And the same thing with the spine. I wouldn’t worry too much about the back. Um, and then again you can swap pages in and out as needed. You obviously will have to buy your own tab, dividers and whatever system you want. Four tabs. The second method is a little bit more involved in. I talk about this a lot in my planner course and you’ve seen planners like this that have the spiral binding and I would suggest purchasing a heidi swap synch. Now the sense is pretty affordable. I think it’s maybe 100 and something.

You can pick those up at Michael’s or Joann fabrics or purchase them online and they’re really great for helping to create a professional looking workbook that will fly open flat. Not Everybody wants one that has a binding in it. For this one, you’ll obviously have to buy your own thicker card stock for the front and back cover or maybe a chip board that you create in order to make it a little harder and a little bit higher. End. Third method is to use what’s called a you clamp. Now you clamp is going to need two pieces. You’re going to need a cover like this, and the cover is going to be, I don’t know if you can see this, but it’s empty. There’s nothing in here. There’s sort of a divot right here where you would put the clamp and the clamp would go on the inside, and once you have the clamp, it’s going to look.

Once you have a clamp, that’s the smaller one. It’s going to hold those pages in by tension. Just like the chip, the chip clip holds your chip bag close the same thing. You’ll put all the papers in here and they will all be held in by a tension rod and now you have a nice book and the Nice thing about this is it is a hardback and you don’t have to create the hardback on your own and instead what I would do is I would buy stickers and simply just put a sticker on the front as your cover with your logo. The fourth method is to use a cell phone photo book. If you’ve never seen these, these are kind of Nice too because they already come with a cover and you can get them hard bag or a paper soft cover or vinyl cover, but how they work is each page is basically a big sticker.

It’s already been put together and you simply just tear off the adhesive and then you put your page inside. Now this is one that is already done. You can’t even tell. It looks like a regular book and each of these pages was a sticker. So I print these out and then I just laid the page down on top of here. Now I would not recommend this for an eight and a half by 12 work. What book? I would recommend this for a smaller workbook only because it does get a little difficult to line those pages up correctly, and once you take the adhesive off and lay the paper down, you don’t really get a second chance. The fifth method is to simply use what’s called stitch binding. Now, if you’ve never heard of a stitch binding, it is simply taking a needle and thread and actually stitching through the middle of a notebook, so that means that you need to print this entire page out on your printer, lay all the sheets, flats.

You’re going to have to know the right and the left, the right and the left, so you’re going to be have to be very organized. To do this, you’re going to stitch it right down the middle, and then when you close it, it’s going to be a a nice little workbooks, so you will have to stitch through the cover. If you have a sewing machine, a really heavy duty one that’s probably going to work. There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to stitch. She’s at home on your own, um, as well. But I’ve actually always gotten this outsourced. And again, if you’re in my planner course, we go through this a lot more in detail. Now another type of stitch binding to that you’ll notice is if you have many notebooks inhered into one big one. So when you stitch through obviously even the largest, most industrial needle is not going to go through a ton of pages.

So what you will typically see if you look very closely is with stitch binding. There will be a few notebooks within a notebook. So in here I have one, two, three, four stitch bound notebooks that are then put side by side and then glued together as you can see with just this little black spine that’s held all four of them together. And then it’s also holding the cover together. So that’s another idea that you could use for stitch binding if you have a very large workbook. And finally the sixth method is to simply use a staple instead of stitching. So the same thing you were going to print out all of your pages, so you’d have to know the right and the left very clearly, and then you’re going to lay them all on top of each other, bend them in the middle, and right through the middle you’re simply going to put staples.

Now you probably cannot use your home stapler because when you put it in, it’s probably going to stop right here. You’re going to have to get a larger industrial size stapler. Sometimes if you run out to Kinko’s, they will have one that you can just borrow and use onsite. Um, but then you have a very professional looking workbook that was simply stapled together. Alright, so let’s go over what we just learned. First, you could create, use a binder, which I think is the easiest way to create your at home work book. The second is to use the Heidi swaps synch machine. Third is to use a clamp. The fourth is to use a self adhesive photo book. The fifth is to simply stitch the book together. And the fifth one is to staple it. I hope that was helpful and again, all of these look very professional and it’s really just a matter of what your personal preferences and how much work you’re willing to put in because they all are a little easier or difficult depending on how many supplies that you have at home in your house.

If you are interested in learning more about how to design your own workbooks and produce them and deliver them, then make sure to sign up for incredible workbooks. I will leave the link below and in that course will be designing a lot of different layouts, going through event workbooks, Webinar workbooks, coursework bugs programs, and what those look like in each situation. And also we’ll be going over digital workbooks. So if this sounds like something you might be interested in, make sure to sign up for the early bird list. That course we launching very soon. I hope to see in that course and if not I will see you guys next week. Bye.


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