DIY Notebooks for back to school 2017

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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:

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

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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.

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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.

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Divide your sheets into three groups of 5 sheets each.

 

Step 3: marking the places for the staples

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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.

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Poke holes at the marked spots with a sharp needle.

 

Step 5: Putting the notebook together

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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

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

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Then place it onto the other groups.

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

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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:

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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!

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

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Step 2: Cutting the cardboard.

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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.

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Step 3: Covering the cardboard with felt.

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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

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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.

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Pull it back through the second hole.

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Step 6: Covering the insides

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

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Step 7: Decorating

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

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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

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Easy DIY Planner Pinboard

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Hello everybody! This week I’m showing you how to make this easy DIY planner pinboard. It’s so easy to make and it’s super convenient for planning.

Everybody needs to plan sometimes. It’s a way to keep track of what you’re doing and what you ahem to do. This board makes it really easy to have everything in one place and plan extra convenient.

 

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  • A pinboard
  • A spiral notebook
  • A pencil
  • A few drawing pins
  • Scrapbook paper
  • White paper

 

 

Step 1: Covering the frame of the pinboard with scrapbook paper

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Just cut a few strips out of your paper with the width of your frame and cover the entire frame with them, sticking them in place with crafting glue.  I tried to match up the pattern on the long edges so you almost can’t see where the different strips end. I punched a hole with a hole puncher at the place for the nail so you can easily attach it to a wall later on.

 

Step 2: The notebook

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Take your spiral notebook and draw whatever you want on it. I chose for a to-do list but you could do anything: for example a goal list, schedules or blogging plans. The best thing about this is that you can change it up whenever you want to whatever is needed at the moment.

 

Step 3: Attaching the notebook to the pinboard

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The only thing you need to do is grab a pencil and pull it through the spiral of the notebook. Then you can easily let the notebook rest on two drawing pins. Whenever you want to write something on the notebook just take it off, pull the pencil out and you can easily change it up whenever you want.

 

Step 4: making the calendar.

For this I first cut out a piece of scrapbook paper of 21×16 centimetres.

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Then I cut 31 little 2,5×2,5 centimetre squares, wrote the days of this month on them and arranged them onto the calendar. I also made little tabs with the days of the week and stuck them above the rows.

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Of course you could make it easier by just printing out an online template, but I liked to match the calendar to my frame so I did it this way.

 

Step 5: Pinning the calendar to the board

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Pin the calendar to the inboard, left to the notebook. I also printed out a piece of paper that said August for above the calendar.

 

Step 6: extra decoration

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This part is the most fun. I decided to keep it simple by just printing out a few motivational quotes and pinning them to the board but you can decorate it in any way you want to make it completely customised.

 

I love how this planner board turned out. It was so easy to make and it’s really convenient to have everything in one place.

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 next Wednesday!

xxx, Yara

Art Journal Walkthrough

Hello everyone!

I’m really excited! August has started so from now on I’ll be posting twice a week and this is my very first Wednesday post!

Today I’m showing you my art journal. I love art journaling and I’m showing you some of the pages I made.

 

Remember this book? I made it a while ago in a this post: How to do simple bookbinding 

Since then I’ve been using it as an art journal and it’s been great. It is already so thick and I’m only on 1/4. I even had to use a string to keep it closed!

I’m going to show you a few of the pages in my journal. I mostly use quotes as inspiration and use images to illustrate them, but sometimes I also try other things. Here are a few examples:

Page 1:

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I really like this page because I love the quote and I think the piano part turned out really good. I made it by painting on black paper with white paint. It was quite hard to write the words on the left with the paint and they came out a bit crooked but I found I actually liked the rough-ish look it gave so I kept it. I just printed out the picture of the piano and stuck it onto the paint so it looked like it was in some sort of spotlight.

Page 2:

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You can’t read it really well in the picture but the quote says: “Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising every time we fall”. I think it’s a great quote because it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. I thought a phoenix fit perfectly with the quote so I drew one on the right (I did use a reference picture). I painted the red background with some acrylic paint.

Page 3:

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I don’t only use quotes! This was a watercolour painting where I just coloured a bit randomly with all kinds of colours. It was a good way to let out my creativity and I actually think the colours look quite cool.

Page 4:

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I’m quite proud of this page. I portrayed the quote by painting a small piece of gauze and hanging it in front of a page of an old book (don’t worry, it wasn’t a real book, just some sort of advertisement thing). I added the paperclip to keep the gauze in place. I just think it looks really cool and I like the look of the painted gauze.

Page 5:

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This is a different way to art journal. On the computer I made this little collage of a few positive pictures and I printed that and stuck it in the book. It’s a whole different way but it’s also a lot of fun and it’s pretty easy to do. i think it turned out good and I think it’s a pretty cute pastel collage. *Disclaimer: the images I used are not mine*

Page 6,7,8:

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These are three pages that belong together. The lyrics are from Believer by Imagine Dragons. It’s a song I really love and I tried to portray the lyrics of the verses.

For the first page I stuck pieces from an plastic bag with newspaper-print on the journal. Then I took a second paper and cut out the silhouette of a girl and I stuck it on top. That way you could see the newspaper through the silhouette. It’s a literal portray of the ‘words inside my head’ and I quite like it.

For the second page I just used a pretty image that I cut out a newspaper and I stuck the lyrics on top. It was really easy to do but I think it looks pretty nice.

The last page is my favourite. For this I used the humming bird stamp I made myself. You can find the tutorial on how to make your own stamps in this post: DIY Foam Stamps. I just dipped the stamp into the ink and stamped the whole left side with different gradients of blue. I think it gives such a cool effect and it’s really easy to do. For the right side I stamped onto the paper and then stuck another piece with the silhouette of a dove cut out on top of it. I think this looks really cool because it gives a bit of depth to the page. What do you think?

That was it for today! I hope you liked this post. Which page was your favourite? Do you want a part 2? Let me know in the comments below.

If you want more information about art journaling check out my post Art Journaling – Tips & Tricks, where I explain how I make my pages and I give tips for art journaling.

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

See ya on sunday!

xxx, Yara

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stationary + Crafting Haul

Hello everybody!

Today I'm doing a mini haul on all the stuff I bought on my vacation.

I know this is not what I normally do but as I'm on a vacation I couldn't do a DIY and I still wanted to post someyhing for you guys. I did a lot of shopping so I'm showing you some of the stationary and crafting supplies I bought.

I'm in Malaysia at the moment and everything here is vert cheap.
I went to a dollar store where everything cost 6 ringgit, which is about €1,20 or USD €1,40.

A few items I bought there:

Item 1:

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These cute pastel strings. 12 of them for only 6 ringgit! They are meant for embroidery but there are loads of other ways to use them.

Item 2:

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This is just a plain notebook but it was still really cheap. I think I’m going to decorate it and use it as a scrapbook. I think it’d be perfect for that.

Item 3:

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This was by far the best buy. A piece of felt of 60×70 centimeters for only €1,20?! It’s so cheap and I love the colour! I’m sure I’ll be doing a DIY with this in a few weeks, so you can look out for that.

Item 4:

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This pencil case wasn’t from the dollar store but I still think it’s so cute and it was also just 6 ringgit. I love the colours, the pattern, everything about it and it’s pretty strong fabric so that’s good too.

Item 5:

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These are Sharpies I bought at the local Tesco. I can’t remenber the exact price but it was about 15 ringgit which is so cheap for Sharpies. I love the colours too.

Item 6:

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The last item I want to show you isn’t from Malaysia but I thought these stamps were so cute and I just had to show them.

This is how they look opened:

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These are so cute for scrapbooking or planning and I’m definitely going to use them a lot.

Well, that was my small haul and I hope you liked it. Next week I’ll be posting DIY’s again as usual.

I you enjoyed this post, please like, conment and/or share and follow my blog to see new posts every week.

Thank you for reading & see ya next week!
Xxx, Yara

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