DIY Notebooks for back to school 2017

175f96e0e770ee9d7e4ab6dfdaf32e04

 

Hello everybody!

I know some of you might already have started school and other still have weeks to go, but I figured even in the middle of the school year new notebooks are always good. And even if you don't go to school anymore there's always something you could use a notebook for.

Today I'm showing 2 different ways to make cute notebooks really easily.

 

Scrapbook paper notebooks:

2bf4ad9f8e8dbe7fb179ab0c20ef779d

These first notebooks are really easy to make and you can easily make a bunch of them..

5600707a919fe4a137b6659e50c0cd2a

What you'll need:

  • 15 sheets of squared paper
  • 1 sheet of scrapbook paper
  • 2 individual staples
  • Scissors
  • Sharp needle

 

Step 1: cutting the paper.

Image

Take your sheets, fold them double and cut off the binder holes. I recommend doing this with groups of two or three sheets to make the process faster. If you have a paper cutter I definitely recommend using that too.

 

Step 2: Dividing the paper into three groups.

53b8a947273e2857590db3ab80b91542.jpg

Divide your sheets into three groups of 5 sheets each.

 

Step 3: marking the places for the staples

Image

Take your staples and mark the places for your holes on the spine of your groups. I chose to mark the holes three squares from the outside.

 

Step 4: Poking the holes with your needle.

452d6976db61300800bd6adcb3de95fc

Poke holes at the marked spots with a sharp needle.

 

Step 5: Putting the notebook together

Image

Put the staples through the holes you made. First put them through the front of one group and then add the other two groups.

 

Step 6: Adding the cover

de301ff6d6c6fa28ed634c11d49d3616

Take your scrapbook paper, fold it double and poke holes with your needle for the staples.

f23128eb916f57bdf356efa1b56fa162-e1502618049288.jpg

Then place it onto the other groups.

76af981e7d6a7cc464097df0fb9d340a

 

Close the staples by using something to push them down. I used a nail file which worked really well.

Image

That's it! I ended up making two of these because they are so cute and once you get the hang of it they are really easy to make.

 

Felt covered notebook:

32bbcd87e5870eb859bed81995732573

This one is a bit harder to make but oh so cute. It's a great way to make a plain notebook look so much cooler.

What you'll need:

  • A boring notebook
  • Thin cardboard (cereal boxes work really well)
  • Felt
  • Sellotape
  • Glue
  • White paper
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Fabric stickers

 

Step 1: removing the cover from the notebook

You know these notebooks? They're just so bland and boring. We can make something much cooler out of this!

06d347621706f62f9616070876a289b2

Start with opening the staples and removing the cover. You'll be left with just a packet of paper.

62c3a61e8c6f231bbf6aff7baf3dd643

 

 

Step 2: Cutting the cardboard.

Image

Don't throw away the cover just yet though. Trace it onto the cardboard to get exactly the right size. I used cardboard from an cereal box which worked really well. I used the fold in the box as my spine.

Image

 

Step 3: Covering the cardboard with felt.

a3e134a9b7f0bf6cd456eaf9b264872c

Trace the cardboard onto the felt leaving a margin of about a centimetre for folding the felt over.

 

Step 4: Sticking the felt to the cardboard

Image

Fold over the edges of the felt and stick them down. I tried using glue for this step but it kept coming loose so I realised the easiest way to do this is to just sellotape the edges to the cardboard. Don't worry, we will cover it up later but this is just the easiest way to make sure it stays on.

 

Step 5: Sewing the notebook to the cover

Take your needle and thread and make a knot at the end. We're going to use the staple holes that are already in the notebook to sew it down.

Start with pulling your thread through the top hole and through the cover.

733050d3c16e4fcb96b0f9b1f2b8ae29

Pull it back through the second hole.

91dfecc6567b9c72fefe2012f6baf2bfSew through the third and fourth hole as shown above. Make sure you pull the thread tight before making a knot.

Image

 

 

Step 6: Covering the insides

Use some glue to cover the insides of the cover with white paper.

Image

 

Step 7: Decorating

This step is optional but I thought the notebook still looked a bit bland

18bf5402f553dfce991147003035206c

So I decided to use this super cute pineapple sticker to brighten it up a bit. It was actually a iron-on sticker but I just used some glue to stick it to the front.

32bbcd87e5870eb859bed81995732573

 

So that's it! 

I really like how all these notebooks turned out. I especially love the felt one. It's so soft and I really like the pineapple.

This must be one of my longest posts, I hope you didn't mind.

Image

Which notebook do you like the best? Let me know in the comments.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

See ya on Wednesday!

xxx, Yara

 

 

Advertisements

DIY Mini Pompon Notebook

Make a pompon notebook with materials you probably already have at home!

8c2c7a7cb82a660bc4e12092ae0f4c0c.jpg

 

Hello everybody😊

I might be a bit obsessed with pompons lately…😳 But just look at how cute they are! 😍

I love them so much that this week I decided to make this little pompon notebook. I think it is adorable and you can make it with normal wool.

What you’ll need to make it:

  • 6 sheets of A4 paper
  • Thin cardboard
  • Wool in different colours of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Needle and thread
  • Coloured/ scrapbook paper

 

Step 1: Cutting the paper

61f98d6c8426e8818ef21f4e89e4a58c

The first step is to take your 6 sheets of A4 paper and cut them all into 4 pieces.

 

Step 2: Making the groups

Then, fold all the smaller sheets double and divide them into 4 groups with 6 sheets each.

 

Step 3: Marking the spots for the holes

42bac2201ef1da9248f411a0a02c9214

Mark spots for the holes on your paper with some dots. They should be 1,5 cm from the edge of the paper and 1 cm apart.

 

Step 4: The binding

Bind the groups into a book. I have already explained how to do this in an earlier post, so for a detailed tutorial on how to bind them see my post How to do simple bookbinding.

This is how it’ll look when you’re finished:

 

Step 5: Cutting the cardboard

Cut two pieces of thin cardboard the size of your pages. These will become the front- and back cover of you book.

8c5dbd26ab607ded346a575da435a147

 

Step 6: Making the pompons

This step is actually quite easy. Take some wool (I for example used wool scraps I had left from the DIY Pompon stool I made a few weeks ago).

ae2fa3f192ef37bbdd161498fc3f194f

Then, you proceed to pull the wool strands apart so they become thin and fluffy.

Then, you take a few of those strands and roll them into tiny balls with your fingers. To make it easier you can use a little bit of water. Try to make all the pompons about the same size.

Depending on how big you make them you’ll have to make 50-80. That seems like a lot,but it didn’t take a lot of time.

d136febb22db6056496aaffa9071224c

 

Step 7: Sticking the pompons to the front cover

Working from the inside to the outside, stick your pompons to one of the cardboard pieces, making sure not to leave any gaps between them.

The other cardboard piece you can cover with some coloured or scrapbook paper. I chose to just cover it with some pink paper.

96b7d06766c7590ce10e7d9cb843be1c.jpg

 

Step 8: Sticking the covers to the book

Using glue, stick the cardboard pieces to the front and last page of your book.

(Tip: Make sure to protect the other pages from the glue with some old newspaper!)

Stick them like this to the book like this:

ce2f4a141f921e6b85f006c9c6adfd01-e1498384073587.jpg

And that’s it!

This is how the inside will look:

216edd35e0ec52ff5af7377d851f224c

I think it’s just a really cute way to make a small notebook. Of course, you could also make a bigger version by using a quarter or half of an A4 as pages, but you’ll have to make a lot of pompons.

The best thing about this technique is that you don’t have to buy any pompons (they can be quite expensive sometimes), but you can just use wool which you probably already have at home.

I hope you liked this tutorial. I you did, please like, comment and/or share. It really means a lot to me. ☺️ And follow me for a new DIY every Sunday!

See ya next week!

xxx, Yara

DIY Braided Notebook

 

fullsizerender-21

fullsizerender-23

I use this notebook to store all of my DIY ideas!

 

What you’ll need:

  • A piece of cardboard of the size of an A4 paper
  • Lined paper
  • Plain paper
  • 2 colours of coloured paper
  • 2 keychain rings

img_5456

The photo shows 3 keyrings because that is what I originally planned, but I later decided to stick with 2

To start, cut your cardboard in 2 equal pieces and paint one side of them in a nice colourfullsizerender-8

I chose for blue

fullsizerender-9

While that dries, you can start braiding. Cut your coloured paper into strokes of 1 cm in the lengt of your cardboard.

fullsizerender-10

Now, stick two of them to your table with cellotape and keep adding more, sticking a stroke to the table every 4/5 strokes, until you’ve got a rectangle of the same size of your cardboard to create a cover.

Now carefully remove the cellotape and add glue to your cover and stick it to the unpainted side of one of your cardboard pieces.

Secure the edges by collating them to the cardboard

fullsizerender-12

Add some coloured paper to your other piece of cardboard on the non-painted side. Now, punch holes with a hole puncher 2 inches from the sides of both cardboards and this is how your pieces should look:

Now for the paper:

Take your lined paper (about 20 sheets) and cut them along the lines shown in the photo:

fullsizerender-13

Now punch holes 1,7 inches from the sides

fullsizerender-14

if you want, you can also cut some plain paper in the same size

fullsizerender-18

I also made some tabs for myself, but this is not necessary.

fullsizerender-17

Now, line up both covers and your paper in the right order and shove the rings on the back cover.

fullsizerender-19

Shove all the other papers through the rings too, one ring at a time

fullsizerender-20

Finally, add the front cover and you’re done!

fullsizerender-21

fullsizerender-23

fullsizerender-22

Please like and comment if you liked this tutorial and don’t forget to share it on social media!