My classes are starting on Monday and I already went shopping for school suplies. I wanted to get notebooks that were pretty and cheap at the same time, but the most pretty notebooks in stores were too expensive. So, I decided to buy the cheapest notebooks and decorate them myself. I think getting active to make your own things, giving them your personal touch feels much better than just buying them.
- Notebooks. Obviously! I bought spiral notebooks because they are more practical to me than side-stapled notebooks.
- Cardboard or foam. I used regular red cardboard on the back cover and these amazing red foam sheets with glitter in the front cover of the notebook.
- Book lining. Lining the notebook after decorating it will protect it. If you don’t apply book lining in the glitter foam sheets, the glitter will spread everywhere.
- A ruler or a square, a pencil, a scissors and glue.
- In the regular red cardboard, using the pencil, the square and the ruler, outline a square slightly bigger than your notebook size (mine was A4 size).
- Cut the rectangle.
- Glue the rectangle in the back cover of your notebook.
- Spread glue over the excess cardboard.
- Bend the excess cardboard over the back cover of your notebook and press it for a few seconds to paste it. Cut a book lining square also with bigger dimensions than your notebook.
- Cover the back cover with book lining. To avoid air bubbles, use a ruler.
- In a white thick sheet. draw a section three inches wide. Cut it.
- Place and glue the white section on the right of your cover, like in the picture.
- Glue the red foam with glitter on the front cover of the notebook, leaving visible the white section glued before.
- Cut any excess of foam.
- With a marker, I wrote “Biology” on my notebook, because I will take it to Biology classes. But you can write whatever you want!
- Once again, use book lining, this time to cover the front of your notebook.
When people ask me…
“How did you get to be so crafty?”
I tell them it’s because I ate paste as a child.