How to Use Paper July Pastel Digital Notebooks
Note: If you purchased a Paper July notebook set that contains 12+ colors, please see the instructions here
If you just purchased a Paper July pastel digital notebook (available in colors rainbow, mermaid, sunrise, and garden), thank you! This page covers everything you need to know to start using your notebook.
Included in this guide:
- How to download and import files from Etsy
- How to navigate with hyperlinks
- How to add pages to the notebook with templates
- What to do with templates you aren’t going to use
- How to create multiple notebooks
- How to use the extra divider templates
- How to use the included stickers
- How to use the included covers
Before you begin, download and import the files from Etsy
Before you can use your files, you’ll need to download them from Etsy and unzip the .zip files. Then, to create a new notebook, simply import a notebook file into your note-taking app. To learn how to complete any of these steps, be sure to check out Paper July’s Guide to Etsy Digital Downloads.
How to navigate with hyperlinks
Every Paper July notebook is hyperlinked for easy navigation. For how to use hyperlinks, see Paper July’s GoodNotes instructions and Notability instructions.
The first notebook tab links to the Contents page, and the second tab links to the Templates section. The remaining tabs link to each of the notebook’s sections!
How to add pages to the notebook with templates
Each Paper July notebook contains twelve pages that serve as “section dividers.” Each of these pages can be accessed by clicking on the notebook’s hyperlinked tabs. These divider pages start with no notebook pages between them. To create your notebook, you’ll add pages as follows:
- Copy any page in the notebook.
- Paste a copy of that page after a section divider to add a page to that section.
- Repeat this process, and then you can flip through each section like a section in a physical notebook!
See these instructions for how to use the included templates to add pages to the notebook:
What to do with templates you aren’t going to use
Each notebook contains all its templates inside it. This is because a page’s hyperlinks only work when that page is pasted into the same document, unfortunately! Once a hyperlinked PDF page is pasted into a different document, the hyperlinks stop working.
If the notebook contains templates that you know you won’t use, you can either leave them inside the notebook or delete them. Each notebook starts with a smaller file size than a single iPhone photo, so there is no need to delete unwanted templates! If you would still like to delete them, you can follow these instructions:
How to create multiple notebooks
To start a new notebook, simply re-import the notebook from your device’s files into GoodNotes, Notability, or whatever app you’re using. The app will create an entirely new copy of the original notebook!
How to use the extra divider templates
Paper July’s digital notebooks come with optional divider templates. While it is not possible to add additional tabs to the notebook, you can use these templates to subdivide one of the existing sections.
You can navigate to the divider templates as follows: Go to the Templates page by tapping the + tab in the top-right corner of the notebook. Then, tap Dividers in the top-right corner of the page.
To insert an extra divider, copy and paste it in the same manner that you would the notebook’s other templates. See above for instructions for copying and pasting the templates.
How to use the included stickers
Paper July’s digital notebooks come with stickers in two formats: a GoodNotes sticker book and a folder containing individual stickers.
- GoodNotes instructions for using GoodNotes sticker books and individual stickers
- Notability instructions for using individual stickers
How to use the included covers
Many note-taking apps, such as GoodNotes and Notability, have a home page where you can view all your documents. In these apps, you can change a document’s icon by changing the first page of that document.
Here’s how to use Paper July’s covers to replace a notebook’s default cover with a new one: