Crafty Gurl: Personalized Notebook

I got a moment to sit down this weekend and amp up my blog notebook.  I have been carrying this thing for a few weeks, writing down blog ideas as they came to me.  I got tired of the cheesy and predictable composition notebook look and decided to fix that. I jumped in head first into my craft drawers to see what I could come up with.  This is what I got.

IMG_1359The notebook that you can kind of see poking out with cupcakes on it is my recipe notebook.  It had been sitting around for a few weeks waiting for me to finish it.  This is really easy to do actually.  This is probably the fourth notebook I have personalized.  It just takes a composition notebook, a few sheets of scrapbook paper, some glue, scissors, and a paper cutter if you have one.  (If you don’t just use a super steady hand and scissors.

IMG_1358First take the sheets you want to use as the main cover.  For me it was the lips.  I felt like it made sense to use lips.  The notebook is full of my thoughts, the come from the lips in my mind.  I coordinated everything around my main cover so that it all matched. I usually trace the notebook on the back of the cover sheet and cut out around, enough so that some of it folds over onto the inside of the cover of the notebook.  I then glue that on and decide how much I want to overlap the spine covering.  I usually line the main sheet up with the black of the binding, but this time I went a little over.

Cut out the size that you need to cover the binding, but make sure it wraps around to the back.  It will also need to be longer than the notebook so that you can wrap them to the inside as well.

I realize now that I should have taken more pictures…

I used the glittery sheet of scrapbook paper to make accent strips to hide where the binding overlaps the main sheet.

Then use a solid color to go on the inside of the cover and the back to hide all the ugly edges that you folded over.

IMG_1360I will probably do another notebook one day and take more pictures.  This was a last minute decision because I was super bored and had been meaning to do it.  It’s fun and the notebook is super cute.  Not to mention that no one will have the same notebook as me!  Now when I sit in a coffee shop and pull out my notebook I will impress someone…maybe.

Let me know if you decide to personalize your notebooks too.  And if you can’t wait for me to post a more detailed blog, go look it up on YouTube.  There are a ton of tutorials on how to do this fun and quick activity!





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