Wednesday, 30 January 2013

DIY: Creative and Cute Do It Youself Notebooks

Today we look into an area of paper crafts that I truly love: DIY Notebooks and journals. This list of DIY notebooks is somewhat a continuation of our back-to-school crafts but it’s not exactly season-specific. You can make these DIY notebooks or journals any time of the year, really. Have fun with these!


How cute! For this particular notebook tutorial, you will no longer need to make or cut the pages. A store-bought composition notebook will take care of the interior. The cover, however, is where you will let your creativity shine.



I have made fabric notebook covers like this several times. They are easy and cute projects, especially if you add patchwork details shown above. And yes, this is a fun way to use fabric scraps. You can also use this tutorial for making a cover for your organizer.



How gorgeous! This DIY notebook looks like it came from a factory, doesn’t it? To make something similar, you will need a hardbound notebook, thin leather, book glue, and pretty paper. Basically, what you will do is cover the notebook with the leather and add strips to fasten.


Pretty magazine editorials and ads make for great DIY journal covers. To make your own, cut, fold, and sew your inside pages. Cover with a magazine page you like and hide the stitch line using washi tape. Easy!


There are many lovely letterpress cards sold online. Get some and use one for making a handmade notebook or journal. Pro tip: use these notebooks as event giveaways or party favors.


Here is a DIY notebook that will require composition notebooks as well. This is different from the 1st tutorial on this list, though, because you’ll be adding pretty tabs in the pages.

Hope you enjoyed this list of DIY notebooks! Make some for the students in your family or for yourself. You never know when a DIY notebook can come in handy in your day to day life.

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