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