Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Covered Notebook Tutorial

These covered notebooks are super easy, inexpensive AND make great gifts! I made these as a thank you gift for our small group leader and nursery workers at our church's bible study.

All you need to make them is:

-Some Mod Podge (can be found at Walmart, Michaels, Joanns, etc.)
-Scrapbook Paper (2 12x12 pages)
-A composition notebook (found at Walmart or Target)
-Foam Brush (to apply Mod Podge)
-Hot Glue Gun
-Ribbon for embellishment

Step 1: Tape the 2 pieces of scrapbook paper together

Step 2: Place the composition notebook on the paper and trace around with your pencil.

Step 3: Cut around the pattern you just drew.

Step 4: Apply a generous layer of Mod Podge with your foam brush. I found it easier to do half at a time.

Step 5: Apply the piece of scrapbook paper you cut on top of the Mod Podge, being sure to smooth out the air bubbles as you go. Be sure the seam where you taped the two pieces of paper together is on the front cover of the notebook.

Your notebook should now look something like this.

Step 6: Once the bottom layer of Mod Podge is dry, apply another layer of Mod Podge on top of the scrapbook paper covered notebook to seal it.

Step 7: Once the top layer of Mod Podge is dry, cut a piece of ribbon the length of the notebook. Heat seal each end of the ribbon with a lighter to prevent fraying. Hot glue the ribbon to cover the seam that was created when you taped the two pieces of scrapbook paper together.

Step 8: Have fun adding extra embellishments. I added a simple bow made out of ribbon. And that's it! Wasn't it easy!

The finished products :) Let me know if you have any questions


Cori said...


Lymechic said...

Hey I didn't get one for working in the nursery so I want to make one! I love it!

amybluestar said...

These are great, and I love the tutorial! Very helpful to see the process. Cheers!