Decorative Paper Covered Notebooks

My kids love to doodle, write stories, and even songs. Since the Easter baskets were going to be a little sparse this year, I decided to make them some new notebooks to be tucked inside.

I started by measuring the area I wanted covered and adding a little extra. I’ll show you why I added the extra later.

I used a glue stick over the whole surface to be covered by the paper.

Then smoothed the paper on working from the inside out. Make sure the edges are stuck down really well, especially the corners.

Once I covered all of them, I let them dry for about 15 minutes.

Then I sanded off the excess paper using sandpaper. I like the way it looks sanded. You get a very clean edge. You could also ink the edges if you like.

I found this really cute paper that has different frames all over it, so I cut out 4 of them to use on the notebooks.

Then I got out my letter rub-ons. 

And put the kids names on each one.

I stuck the labels on the notebooks using a glue stick. I let them dry for a few minutes then covered the front and back of the notebooks with mod podge. One of them bubbled a little, but once it dried it was laying flat again.

The girl’s notebooks needed a little something more so I added some ribbon using double sided tape.

The kids really like them. The boys were even more excited than the girls. They took them in the car on the way to grandma and grandpa’s yesterday and Zach was happy his could fit in his pocket. I’m excited to see what new ideas my kids will be writing and drawing in their notebooks.

Oh, and I had all the supplies on hand so these were free to make. Do you have something you could be making right now with supplies you already have?

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  • ksw April 25, 2011, 5:57 pm

    I love the look of the notebooks. I have a bunch in my stash, the plain old ones that the kids use but get bored with and lose. Maybe something like this would give them a reason to hold on to them. I joined your google friend connect. 🙂

  • Jutta@Organized Living Solutions April 26, 2011, 12:02 am

    Gorgeous! and very inspiring, will do some too today. Thanks for the lovely post.

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  • Michelle April 27, 2011, 1:24 pm

    I love a new notebook! Back to school is my nemesis! THese are adorable. Thanks for linking up wtih DIY under $5!

  • tina April 28, 2011, 5:15 am

    They are so fab i have made a few of these on my blog previously. I find them quite addictive to make as they are so easy and completely transform a notepad tinax x

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