DIY Own Address Book

DIY Address Book


Back Story: I have family and friends all over the world and their addresses are of various lengths and formats. After searching around at places like Wal-Mart, Staples, Hallmark, and other stores, I got fed up and decided to create my own address book system.

Components:    ½ inch to 1 inch 3-ring binder, any old one with do

Loose-leaf notebook paper (if you can find the stuff that already has the holes reinforced GREAT! If not, invest also in some reinforcement labels

A set of dividers (either a 5 tab set or 8 tab set, doesn’t matter really)

Pens, at least two different colors, but I wouldn’t do more than four, just to prevent confusion



First thing I did was label my dividers. I used a 5 tab set, and divided the alphabet up like so: ABCDE, FGHIJ, KLMNO, PQRST, UVWXYZ

If you’re using an 8 tab set, I’d split the alphabet like this: ABC, DEF, GHI, JKL, MNO, PQR, STUV, WXYZ.

I then folded my notebook paper long ways (or hotdog style for my generation), so I had two columns. At the top of each page, I wrote a single letter from the alphabet. One letter per page.

Using alternating pen colors, I copy each address down on the corresponding pages. Also, the alternating colors help differentiate between people.

IMG_2171Once each letter was complete, I inserted them behind the correct dividers.

More Back Story: The main reason I decided to do my address book this way was because I could write all the addresses for family in the United Kingdom on the paper in the same format they would be on an envelope.

Conclusions: I had fun doing this because once again, I couldn’t find what I wanted in the store, so I made my own!

© Cori Large March 2013

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alexandra @ My Urban Family
    Nov 18, 2015 @ 10:34:08

    My address book is a mess for the same reason! And my family and friends tend to move a lot as well!


    • caendicott
      Nov 18, 2015 @ 10:55:35

      My handwriting is neater than my mom’s, and every couple of years she has me redo her address book for her.


  2. Christine | Vermilion Roots
    Nov 18, 2015 @ 12:19:01

    I have family and friends back in Southeast Asia and I plan on sending them something for Christmas. Your post just made me realised I don’t have all the addresses in one place! I need an address book like yours! 🙂


  3. Carol Cassara
    Nov 19, 2015 @ 08:26:12

    Well, it makes sense! One size does not ever fit all!


  4. Becki
    Nov 19, 2015 @ 10:39:05

    We definitely need to revamp our address book, it’s the same one I’ve had since high school and it’s a hot mess. I love the idea of making one myself. Thanks for sharing


  5. Susannah
    Nov 20, 2015 @ 00:29:50

    I make my own address book too but I keep it as an excell file on my computer. Eco friendly. 😉


    • caendicott
      Nov 20, 2015 @ 08:14:46

      My MIL does that too. I still have trouble knowing which line stuff goes on for my British and European people, so I need to write it out.


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