Took a quick trip to Michaels yesterday...okay maybe it wasn't quick, more like I roamed the isles for over an hour looking for some inspiration for a project I have been wanting to try out. I found all kinds of paper that I needed to have, 6 sheets of scrapbook paper for $1!!! Recently, I have been seeing all kinds of tutorials for decorating the old school composition notebooks as journals, and thought all my newly purchased stack of paper would be perfect.
Here's a photo of my first attempt
So excited to make more, I think they will make fun gifts, especially once you personalize them with all the decorative paper and embellishments, like chandelier crystals!!!
- composition notebook
- mod podge
- paint brush
- scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, fabric or any decorative paper you like
- scissors or paper cutter (if you are terrible at cutting straight lines like me)
- a brayer (special lil mod podge tool available at most craft stores)
- Trim 2 pages of your decorative paper to about 1" bigger than the book.
- Trim 2 sheets of card stock for inside of the front & back covers to desired size (think I cut mine about 1/4" smaller than the cover). I used black cardstock to match the decorative paper.
- Use paint brush to apply Mod Podge over the entire front cover, then lay 1 piece of your decorative paper over the Mod Podge. Use the brayer to help smooth out any bubbles.
- Cut slits on the corners to help fold in.
- Apply Mod Podge to the inside cover of the book to adhere the 1" pieces of paper that are folded in.
- Cut ribbon to desired length, then paste 2" of it to the inside cover.
- Paste 1 sheet of cardstock to the inside cover, over the ribbon. Smooth out with brayer.
- Repeat for the back side and back inside cover.
- Place something heavy over entire book for a few hours.