Easy Covered Notebook Tutorial To Capture Inspirations

Covered Notebook

In my bag I keep a notebook at all times to capture any blog or craft ideas or inspiration that comes to me. I might not have time write a post or make the item that I'm thinking about at that moment, but at least I've captured it. The note book is also great when I'm feeling blocked or need blog post ideas.

I won an Ecosystem notebook from a blog giveaway. The notebook had a lot of pages and a nice portable size. The only problem? It's bright pink. Not my favorite color. So, I decided to cover it up with some scrap paper I had.

Covered Notebook

I gathered some supplies I thought I would use. Scrap paper, glue stick, stickers, chipboard letter and soda bottle label. I usually don't have a specific plan when I'm doing any sort of collage work. I just pull out some supplies that call out to me.

Covered Notebook

I picked this red paper because it's red and it has a very cool snake skin texture. Since the paper isn't wide enough to cover the book, I added it in two strips. Here, I cut a snip so that I could wrap the paper around the elastic band. I added glue to the notebook cover instead of the paper. Makes it easier and less sticky.

Covered Notebook

This Japanese style lace paper was NOT in the photo of my supplies. I decided that I didn't like any of the other items I pulled out. So I dug through my stash again and found this paper. My red snake skin paper didn't cover the entire notebook. I still had a thin section that needed to be covered. Enter this handmade paper.

I wanted to keep the feathered edge on the handmade paper. I dipped my finger in some water and ran a line on the paper. Don't get it too wet. Once wet, just pull apart and it will tear on your water line. When it dries, the paper will have a nice feathered or deckle edge.

Covered Notebook

I then glued the cream lace paper over the open wound on the notebook. It didn't look quite done to me. I wasn't very happy about the red cover and the pink elastic strap.

Covered Notebook

The fix was easy. Using a red permanent marker, I colored it. I placed some scrap paper underneath to catch any bleed through.

Covered Notebook

The white space felt empty to me, so I added some 3 dimensional letter stickers to it. The tab stickers were last. Each tab is for each of my blogs or sites that I write for, except for the last one which is a catch all.

As you can see, it's pretty easy to cover a notebook. The little details like a matching elastic band or keeping a deckle edge on your paper can make a big difference. For this project, all supplies were from my stash which means I didn't have to buy anything!

Writing this tutorial has made me realize that I use my intuition or gut to gauge whether something looks good.

What would you use a little notebook for?
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