Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy - Notebook cover Tutorial...

I've been on the hunt for the perfect yet affordable notebook for ages, and I just haven't found any!  So I thought I would create my own....sort of.

Turn any old notebook from this.....


To This...



In 11 simple steps...


1. Your tools - Notebook you wish to cover, material of your choice, PVA (or Mod Podge), Painting Brush, Scissors, Disposable Container, Material Chalk.

2. Measure your material to size and mark where you are going to cut with your material chalk 

3. Don't forget to leave some overhang to tack around the corners of your note book.

4. Pour a PVA (enough to paint your note book with) into you disposable container.

5. Add a splash of water - about 1/4 of your PVA and mix well

6. Paint the outside of your notebook with the mixture.

7. Place your material on top of your painted notebook and slide into place, paint over your material with the PVA/Water mixture.

8. Open up your notebook and tuck the edges in, not forgetting to snip the material by the spine.  Paint the material in place.  Do the same for the other side

9. Leave to dry for about two hours.

10. You'll be left with a bit of material overhang by the spine of your notebook, paint this with your mixture.

11. Tuck these edges into the spine of the notebook with your scissors - repeat on the other side. Leave overnight to fully dry

12. Voila! Your finished custom notebook cover.

I don't think this was too shabby for my first attempt, though I think I might try it with Spray Mount glue next time as I have a few too many air bubbles for my liking, or I might try and follow THIS tutorial instead, I found it AFTER I'd finished mine - typical!


See what I mean about the bubbles?

What have you crafty creeters been up to lately?  Got any creations to share?

Speak Soon xxx

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23 comments:

Barby said...

It's so cute. Great idea and looks really easy to do :)

Sarah said...

Wow, such a cool idea! I definitely have to try this out. I doubt mine will end up as good as yours though!

Sarah
x

http://dollydotgirl.blogspot.com

Dodo said...

Great tutorial! I did this a couple of years ago on some ugly journals. Saves you money too since the nice ones are always expensive!

daisychain said...

so going to be trying this!

Vinita Jayant said...

lovely great tuitorial

would make an awesome personal diary also :)

http://boldwithbows.blogspot.com/

heatherheartsfashion said...

love this! and YES i have got some crafty creations to share, check out my last DIY :)

http://heatherheartsfashion.blogspot.com/

Adora Mehitabel said...

i use to do this all the time before. so cute. i love the fabric you chosse.

BLahblah Abi said...

wow this is really nice! very creative! would make me want to write and doodle in it even more!! xxx

Amelia said...

so, so pretty! i'm definitely vowing to make this summer into craft central. i used to craft all the time when i was little, no really 24/7. toilet paper roll giraffe? check. sugar cube egyptian pyramids? check. haha

LV said...

What a great idea and so cute!

http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com/

Michelle said...

ahhh so awesome! i do this with my notebooks too :)

herecomesthesun said...

I love covering my notebooks in pretty material like this! My friends and I are a little obsessed with it.

Amber Rose, Laughing With Broken Eyes said...

Oh, I love this so much!!!

ella belle said...

notebook looks lovely! must give this a try xx
Ella @ Belle Vintage

Cait said...

Love this tutorial! Thanks for you comment on my blog, you can ask for any tips and tricks anytime :) I'm happy to help if I can!

Irene (Couture-Petite.com) said...

Awesome! Thank you for posting this. <3

Lea said...

I definitely should be more crafty. But I usually end up spending all of my creativity on my projects for school. All of the patterns in those little flowers are so cute :) Maybe summertime...

Catherine said...

ooh lovely! I'm gonna bookmark this and read it again later, I'll make one myself then when I'm less busy. Thanks for your comment, it made me smile! So sweet! <3
x catherine-oneway.blogspot.com

Catherine said...

oooh and speaking about creations: I'm making a wall of inspiration (it's been the same for a while now, so apparently i haven't got much inspiration lately) and you can see it here: http://catherine-oneway.blogspot.com/2011/05/if-i-ruled-world.html

:) x <3

Amber said...

This is awesome! I want to try it :) Great tutorial!

Vicki said...

such a clever idea! :) x

Vee said...

Thanks a lot for your comment =)

I have that fabric glue at home and I tried once but it didnt really work out >___< Maybe gonne be easier now with your tutorial =D thank you ! x

http://ja-mata.blogspot.com/

Vee said...

by the way yes, got some creations to share =p ...

http://fr.dawanda.com/shop/Hollypops

http://ja-mata.blogspot.com/

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