DIY Custom Notebook Cover

DIY Custom Notebook Cover

DIY Custom Notebook Cover

September 28, 2013 | Crafts | 4 Comments

Stationery and I go together like tea and cake, Sonny and Cher, mac and cheese. We are a match made in heaven.

I’m a lister, I have To Do lists, To Buy lists, To Make Lists – you get the idea, and I’m from the school of thought that you should never be without a notebook and pencil. All the better if your notebook is a really unique design – this kind of stationery addiction can get rather spendy rather quickly, so why not make your own? Create you own custom notebook cover with this easy to follow guide!

Notebook1Grab your supplies…
Begin by grabbing a notebook – the size is up to you, but pick one with a hard cover and a solid spine. I like the ones with the little ribbon place markers best!
A sheet of Vilene Decovil 1, 2cm larger than the opened out notebook on the long sides, and 5cm wider on the two short ends – this is a fusible non woven interlining, with a soft leather feel that is most often used in bag making but can be used in so many different ways!
A sheet of Vilene Lamifix Matt, cut to the same size as the Decovil 1 this fusible film is adhesive with a lustrous matt finish
A sheet of baking parchment (nope, we’re not making cookies, sorry!)
A few antiqued pages from an unwanted book
Colouring chalks or pencils & a fine tip marker pen
Sewing machine – I know that sounds like rather a motley crew of supplies, but trust me on this…
Notebook2Now, before anyone gets cross about ripping up a perfectly good book – let me just explain. I’m a bookworm I love them just as much as the next girl (assuming that she’s a librarian or bibliophile) and tearing pages out of them doesn’t sit well will me. So, why have I done it you ask? Well, simple, this book was recovered from a house clearance, and the majority of the pages were extremely water damaged and this was destined for landfill. Rather than see this book get thrown away, I decided to keep it and use it in craft projects, to give it another lease of life. I’m sure if you hunt through your attic, junk shops and even other people’s bins (well, maybe don’t go that far!) you’ll find an old unwanted book that is no longer readable but perhaps can be changed into something new.
I digress, let’s get back to the making.
Notebook3Layer the sheets of aged book paper onto of the adhesive (shiny) side of the sheet of Decovil 1 – let the book paper overlap the edges, this can be trimmed neatly later. Cover the spine section where the two sheets of paper join, with a strip of roughly torn paper.
Notebook4Cover with the sheet of baking parchment, being careful not to shuffle the book pages underneath. Press with a hot iron to heat bond the adhesive to the book pages. Remove the baking parchment and let cool. The bonded book paper stay hot for a while, so wait until it’s cooled before you touch it – as tempting as it might be to pick it up straight away!
Notebook5Once the book paper has fully cooled, fold loosely around the book, folding under 5cm on the two short ends to create the cover flaps. Using these light folds as a guide, draw out a design onto the front of the book paper. because I simply adore woodland creatures and adorable animals I decided to draw out a sweet little owl! I like to sketch in pencil before filling in with vibrant coloured chalks and then outlining with a fine tip marker pen. You could even use faux calligraphy to add a motto or quote to the front of your notebook!
Notebook7With the cover smoothed flat, place the sheet of Lamifix on top of the decorated book cover. Place the baking parchment on top of the layers and press with a hot iron to heat bond the adhesive film to the surface. Always remember to use the sheet of baking parchment between the film and the iron, or the iron plate will soon become a molten mess! Once the sheet has cooled, refold the cover around the book, marking the spine and the to inner flaps. Remove the notebook and cover with the parchment to re-press the book cover into shape. Trim the excess book paper to give a neat finish.
Notebook8With a sewing machine, work a line of straight stitches along the upper and lower edges of the cover, 5mm in from the edge, to secure the inner flaps in place. Knot and trim the thread ends neatly.
NotebookFinal1Slip your notebook into the cover, tucking it securely under the inner flaps.

This is such a versatile way to customise a notebook with a professional looking cover – you can add in any paper embellishments you’d like between the sheets of Decovil 1 and Lamifix – tickets from the movies or concerts, scraps of favourite wrapping paper, pretty used postage stamps, paper doilies…you name it, you can include it. Pretty neat huh? What would you add in to you custom notebook design?

♥ – ♥ – ♥

This project is part of the #CraftBlogClub Monthly Craft Challenge. #CraftBlogClub is a regular Twitter chat every Tuesday (GMT) 7-8pm hosted by the wonderful @Livepeachy
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    September 29, 2013

    oh no – another crafting project to add to my to do list! It grows every day! very cute notebook ^_^

    L x

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      September 29, 2013

      Lynsey – this is such a fun project, you can add in any design you want too! Can’t wait to see what you make! xox

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