Welcome to the first DIY Friday on A Little Blue Book! Every other Friday, I will be posting book-related DIY stuff that you can do over the weekend (or any other time), so if you’re feeling creative (or bored out of your mind) these posts might just be what you’re looking for!
This first post is all about creating your own unique notebooks, and if you’re anything like me, you know that notebooks are like books – you can never have too many!
I love notebooks. I love them so much that I’ve had to tell myself not to buy any more for a while because I need to start using the gazillion I’ve already got. So far it’s going alright, but I suspect that my success is only due to the fact that I’ve been busy beautifying some of my old, boring notebooks.
There’s just something about beautiful, unused notebooks. They are full of potential. You can note down your favourite book quotes, your reading lists, or your own private scribbles. And just like books, they make me indescribably happy – maybe that’s just me?
So if you love notebooks as much as me, or just want one that is completely unique, follow the few, easy steps below and unleash your creativity!
What you need:
- New or old notebook(s)
- Pretty paper
- Pair of scissors
- Glue stick
- Paper adhesive tape/masking tape (optional)
- Postcards (optional)
- Coffee/tea (optional but highly recommended)
You don’t need a lot of materials to do this, especially if you’ve already got pens, scissors, and some old notebooks.
I’ve used fancy, handmade paper from Paperchase in London, but pretty much any kind of paper would do. If you are looking to keep costs low, simple wrapping paper will do the trick.
I also had some plain, cheap notebooks (again from Paperchase), but if you don’t have any lying around, you should be able to get some fairly cheap ones from your local stationery store or online through e.g. Amazon.
To keep my energy levels high throughout the creative session, I used the rest of my Christmas Coffee blend, but regular coffee/tea would probably have worked too… 😉
How to do it:
Creating your own unique notebooks isn’t rocket science. All you really need, besides the materials, is some patience and a bit of creativity. The sky really is the limit with this kind of thing. If the Muses have abandoned you, feel free to steal my humble designs below.
- Completely wrapped notebook
If you want to wrap an entire notebook with paper, there’s a very easy way to do so. Those of you who had to wrap school books may already know this technique (maybe this is just a Danish thing?). You don’t even need glue for this one – though it will be a bit sturdier if you do glue it.
Cut out the paper so it’s slightly bigger than your notebook. Don’t worry too much if it’s not entirely straight. We’ll be folding the ends in, so nobody will see them.
Fold the top and bottom of the paper as shown in picture 2 above.
Now fold the paper towards the middle of the notebook and tuck the cover into the little grooves – the picture is slightly blurred, but what you’re looking at is me tucking the left-hand corner into the paper groove.
That’s it! You can leave the new cover’s edge straight or you can cut a fun design like I’ve done. If you want to make your notebook even sturdier, you can glue the cover onto the notebook.
- Sealing the back
If you want to do a design with loose pieces like the ones above, I would recommend that you seal the back of your front- and back pages. Just cut out a piece of paper that fits the cover and glue it on. This will make your new notebook last longer.
- Using postcards
You can also use postcards to create a unique message on your notebook. Just glue them on and you’re ready to go! To make them last longer, you can seal the edges of the postcard with masking tape.
If you decide to give this a go, I would love to see the finished result! Please share your notebook(s) with me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.