Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday

Good Morning!!!

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
  • cardstock
  • ribbon
  • 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)
  • embellishments
  • 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.

Linking to:
DIY Club

Transformation Thursday

The Shabby Nest

Tickled Pink at 504 Main


  1. Thanks for stopping by today! My show will be at Vandenberg AFB, CA. By the way, I love the notebook! Make sure you link it up to Time to Shine!!!

  2. I keep wanting to do this too...but have not tried it. It looks great!

  3. I just made a notebook, but I love yours way more than my version! I'm your newest follower and would love if you joined us over at Sew Woodsy and link this up!

  4. That is gorgeous and so classy. Much better than a marble notebook. :-) I am a new follower from Blue Cricket Design. Vicky @ www.messforless.net

  5. It looks so great, and even goes will the theme of your blog! :)