Monday, 8 September 2014

DIY: Customize your Notebook

You may already started school or are just about to? You want to impress your schoolfellows or just want to stand out of the crowd but don’t know how to achieve that? I may have a simple idea: customise your notebook.

All you need is:
Newspaper (or a magazine)
Glue stick
Set square
Transparent Book cover paper

I made 2 different notebooks to show you the infinite varieties you can achieve.  Very simple and cute 

Notebook 1

Step 1: Lay the notebook on the back of the page you want to use. Contour the outer borders of the notebook with a pencil (be sure to use a pencil, because a pen can leave marks on the page you want to be displayed).

Step 2: Now with the setsquare add 2 cm to the border you just draw. You will need this to glue the newspaper to the inside of the cover. Cut the figure out with the scissors and add some cuts on the corners as well as the middle part.
Your figure will look like the picture above.

Step 3: Lay a good coat of glue to the cover and flatten everything. If needed you can help yourself out with the setsquare to take out all existing bubbles.  The remaining border will be flipped inside the cover. 

Step 4: The flip over to the middle part can be a little tricky, take the pencil to push the borders inside. 

Step 5: The finishing touch will be to protect your creation with some transparent book cover paper (use the setsquare to avoid bubbles).

Notebook 2

For this one I choose 4 advertising pages of a magazine. The amount of pages is up to you.
The method I used is slightly different and glue-ier.

Step 1: Before your start, you will expose your pages down until you like the layout. Leave the remaining borders, as you will need them later.

Step 2: Now proceed to Step 3 above.

Step 3:  The trick is to FOLD…
FOLD???  Yes, fold, because the page you choose is double-sided (obviously) and by folding the remaining borders into place you create new images and sometimes even an unintentional pattern. You can do this technic until you run out of borders, or you just glue the left parts you don’t want to display inside (or you can just simply cut them out).  This step is by far my favourite one: it is quite funny to observe the transformation you can achieve just by folding (and the glue adds more fun to it)

Step 4:  Same as for Notebook 1

Step 5: Exactly as for the first notebook wrap it in some book cover paper. This time  I left some bubbles in (on purpose?) because I liked the style (the truth of matter is that my clumsiness had reached an unknown level of mine during this DIY) .
Seee, you made it trough this DIY.  You can also choose to do a total different one by using some gift papers, postcard  or personal pictures as there is an infinite way of doing this. You can also use some accessories as flowers for example.
Have fun.

Bisous, Marye


  1. What an awesome idea! The end result is so cool!

    1. Thank you Louise :) (btw your comment made my day)

  2. Love this idea! The notebooks look lovely - and unique! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  3. What a great idea! Having personalized stationery is so great. Can't wait for more posts. If you had a moment could you check out my new post:

    1. Thank you Laura. I love your Polaroid Picture Garland DIY, and I will definitely try your stuffed croissant recipe, looks so yummy.

      Thank you again for commenting, means a lot to me

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    1. Thank you so much. Glad you liked it.

  5. Love these personalised notebooks! They looks so cool Xx

  6. How cool! Definitely gonna have to try this :)

    -- Michelle | MXP STYLE

    1. Let me know how it went, would love to see your creation :)

  7. I used to do this all the time when I was going to school, and then but laminate over the top so that the paper wouldn't tear! :)

    1. Me too, and the laminate is also a great idea :)

  8. I really like this! I love it :D

    Ellie xx


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