DIY Floral Notebook Covers

November 17th, 2009

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post I printed out quite a few copies of the Floral Flutter Pattern from the Inspired Bride and have since been inclined to make a few of my own little projects. My job requires quite a bit of sketching so I’m always on the lookout for new and pretty notebooks. My office provides us with these simple recycled sketchbooks but I thought it would be fun to spruce them up a bit. See below for how-to instructions and step-by-step photographs.

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HOW-TO: To make the cover, print the pattern onto desired size of paper with a color printer (I used an 11×17″ piece of craft paper from a roll that I trimmed to size and printed on a large format printer). To cover the notebook, cut a rectangle from the printed paper, making it the exact height of the notebook plus the width times two plus the spine and an additional 1/2 inch on either side.

In a well-ventilated area, coat the back of the paper with spray adhesive. With the paper wrong side up, quickly center the notebook face down onto the paper being careful to line up the top and bottom edges. Continue wrapping the paper around the spine and to the back; smooth with a bone folder and making sure to define the edges. Now that your cover is in place you should have excess paper hanging off of either side. Using a ruler and craft knife, trimm of the excess paper. Ta-da! Now you have your own pretty notebook!

Make a set of these for yourself or give away as charming little holiday gifts. I hope you all have as much fun with this beautiful pattern from the Inspired Bride and be sure to check out all herΒ amazing projects and loads of inspiration.

11 Responses to “DIY Floral Notebook Covers”

  1. Erin at Vale Design Says:

    LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT! xoxo

  2. jen Says:

    this is such a cute idea! really thoughtful. can’t wait to see what else is coming this week.!

  3. Tami B. Says:

    Love your notebooks…and the tutorial! Thank you!

  4. carolinapostcard Says:

    those are adorable and would be such a sweet gift! I have a blank, brown clipboard I’ve been wanting to cover and this pattern would be perfect + I love that you printed it on kraft paper. thanks!

  5. Teresa Says:

    Hello, Christmas presents! I’ll definitely make these. Thanks for pointing the way.

    You know, I finally bought a bone folder, a “Martha Stewart” bone folder… only to get it home to discover that it was actually melamine. Melamine is tricksy and false! πŸ™‚

  6. Erin Says:

    These are too cute! Thanks for sharing! xo.

  7. Mausumi Says:

    What a great idea! πŸ™‚

  8. Stephanie S. Says:

    Can you please share who makes those sketchbooks and if you know, where they can be purchased? Thank you!!

  9. Kathleen Says:

    Hi Stephanie! sorry for not including this in the original post. The notebooks are by ReWrite and can be purchased here. They’re sold in packs of 20 but would make great inexpensive gifts. Hope that helps and happy crafting!

  10. Sara Says:

    This is such a great idea, I’m always wanting to cover my lecture notebooks, but never thought of using spray mount! The patterns are so cute! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  11. Lindsey Says:

    Amazing! I may have to copy this idea.
    Thanks for sharing,

    { Lindsey }
    http://greatfullday.blogspot.com