I have had a little bit of time to get into my craft room this week and finish the “Mileage” book for Joe.
Inside, under the front cover, I have created a page with pockets on the front and back. The pockets are used to store fuel, toll, and permit receipts for the load he is currently on.
Lastly, I bound the book using my WeRMemory Keepers Cinch machine.
Our job in Drive-Away requires a lot of paperwork. We have to keep track of the miles traveled in each state, our fuel costs, any and all tolls or permits, repair expenses, and what the income will be once the job is completed. All of this record keeping is done in this little book that gets used on a daily basis.
The “Interstate Fuel Tax Authority”, better known as “IFTA” requires each trucking company to keep track of fuel purchases in each state they are permitted to run through. They levy taxes on the trucking companies from the fuel purchases. The taxes are then split up between the states traveled by the company. It is confusing to explain and I probably made it even harder to understand, so sorry about that. Each state with Federal and State highways get a cut of the taxes paid for fuel purchases by the entire trucking industry.
I have made a video of the process of putting the book together. I’m in the editing phases of the blab fest. More than likely, the video won’t go up to my YouTube channel until I return home from our next foray out over the highways and byways.
Making journals to fit your personal needs is something that I recommend. You can’t always purchase a book for your specific life and the record keeping requirements. If you don’t have a binding machine you can take your completed project to a copy center, such as Kinko’s – better known as FedEx Office – and they can put the book together for you. Bound with a spiral spine, or even the ring binding as I have done.
Consider the time and cost involved in creating your personalized journal, plus the costs of having it bound by an outside source. It may be cost effective to do this if you are only making one or two journals. If you will be making several and selling them you might consider investing in a binding machine of your own.