Happy end of the week!
Bored of your plain composition notebooks/spiral notebooks/notebooks of any kind? Don't want to spend an outrageous amount for a cutesy decorated notebook at the store? Feeling a bit... crafty? (Do I sound like a salesperson? haha) Anyways...here's a quick and easy way to decorate your notebooks!
I was frantically looking for a notebook for school (since I will be starting Monday!), and I didnt want to use a spiral, so I found an old composition notebook lying around that had just a couple pages used. It's such a waste to throw a notebook away, so I made it look nicer and better than ever!
**Since it is still back to school season, you can find regular notebooks of all sorts and sizes for inexpensive prices all over the place!**
Hopefully this will give you some inspiration/ideas on how to decorate your own notebooks! :]
Things you need:
- Your notebook. of course!
- Two sheets of scrapbook paper (I got mine here!)
- Some type of Adhesive (I experimented with double sided tape, glue, and glue stick)
- Scissors (I also used an x-acto knife and scrapbooking scissors, but those are optional)
- Writing utensil (Pencil)
Steps I Took: (feel free to change things up a bit to your fitting!)
- Grab some of that double sided tape (glue works, but I found it easier to use the tape) and add a couple strips of tape right next to the binding.
- Take your first scrapbook paper and line it up against the binding and the bottom (or top!) edge. The tape should keep the side next to the binding in place.
- Trace the outline of the cover and carefully cut off any excess. Be extra careful around the edges. (I still kept the taped section on while I was doing this, but you can carefully peel the paper off and place it back on when you're done. Double sided tape is extra sticky!)
- (Optional) If you so desire, use your x-acto knife to fix up any edges.
- Since I didn't want to use too much glue (to avoid the bumpy texture), I used the double sided tape around the middle of the notebook and used a bit of glue along the edges to keep the paper together with the cover.
- I used binder clips to keep the paper down after using glue, and wiped off the excess glue to prevent random glue marks. Wait for it to dry.
- Repeat on back cover!
- (Optional) It looked plain to me, and I didn't want to go too crazy on the design, so I added a rectangular "info box" type thing using the scrapbooking scissors. Since paper on paper isn't the same as paper on glossy cardboard, I just used a glue stick for this step, making sure the frilly edges would stay down. (I'll probably write in "Notebook" or the class or something like such in the box.)
- (Additonal Optional Step) I wanted to add something to the inside cover, so I used the leftover paper to make a vertical stripe design. (Let's throw in some math for equal vertical stripes!)
- Measure width of the inside cover (short side), and figure out how many strips you want (even number if you want alternating!)
- Divide the total width of the cover by the number of strips you want, and that will be the size of the widths of your strips. (Total width/number of strips=size of width of each strip)
- Cut, cut, cut!
- Place strip one at a time, cut off any excess, and glue it down. (Excess paper can be used to make cute little gift tags!)
- Repeat until you're done!
- And that's it! It would look cute as the cover too!
Hopefully you enjoyed my little notebook decorating idea! And hopefully you get some inspiration too!
Have a lovely weekend! :]