I hate to say it, but school is right around the corner. With all the papers, textbooks and homework, how can I ever look forward to a new semester?!
Well, I recently decided to decorate my bullet journal and made a cute book cover out of scrapbook paper and I decided that it would be a great little craft to share with you guys. Whether you want to get the kids excited for school, or just want to add a little pizzazz to your own notebooks, it’s a great, super easy craft and its really pretty, or at least I think so.
This whole process only takes about 20 minutes or so.
So let’s get right to it…
Here is what you will need:
- Some adhesive (I’m using my ATG but you can use any glue or tape
- Mod Podge (You can get this at any craft store, or even target. I got some small bottles for $1 from their dollar section.)
- Something to apply the mod podge, I used a clean cosmetic sponge
- Some scrapbook paper
- A pencil or pen
- Some cardstock.
- Notebook of your choice.
Some other things you may want to have, but aren’t necessary…
- Some ribbon for a page marker
- embellishments for the cover
- a bone folder for clean creases
- an exacto blade
- a paper trimmer
Lay your notebook out on your scrapbook paper with the paper’s design facing down. Center the book as best as you can. Fold the outer edges of the paper over the cover of the book like so…
Close the book and make sure the paper fits nicely on the cover, not too tight or the book will curl. Then trim the corners of the paper on all four sides. Careful not to cut your book!
Open the book up and fold in the smallest corners so that they wrap around the corners of the notebook. Here’s a photo of what I mean.
At this point you should have two flaps, one on the top and one on the bottom, fold them neatly over the cover. Repeat for the back cover as well.
I like to add mod podge because it adds some shine and makes the paper more durable.
Carefully unwrap your book cover and set the notebook aside. Place the book cover design face up on top of a hard surface. I suggest putting down some scrap paper.
In a small dish or on some scrap paper place squeeze some mod podge down and dip your sponge in. Begin applying the mod podge from bottom to top and left to right in thin layers. This helps the product dry easily and reduces the chance of streaks. Allow the product to fully dry between layers. The bottle says 10-15 minutes but honestly, about 5 is enough. Once the cover is as shiny as you’d like, let it dry completely for the full 10-15 minutes. While waiting for it to dry, move on to step 7.
Step 7: Measure out the front and back covers of your notebook and cut out two pieces of cardstock to match. This will cover the folds of your book cover and add some stability to your book if its soft cover like mine. I’m using 100 lb card stock, which is thicker than the regular stuff because I need a stronger cover. If you’re using a hard cover book, use some regular paper/cardstock or construction paper.
Step 8: This step is optional, but if you’d like to add a page marker, open the book to the middle and attach a piece of ribbon to the page. I used a ribbon with designs on it so make sure to adhere it with the design face down, that way it will be facing up when you mark your page. Also, I used my ATG but you can use hot glue or crazy glue if you’d like, but I find that the ATG adhesive works just fine. Cute!
Step 9: Your cover should be dry before you begin this step. Reapply the cover to your book carefully folding in all the edges and creasing them. Close the book and check that the cover fits well. If it does move on to step 10.
Step 10: Last step! Take the pieces of paper or cardstock that you cut to match the cover and place them on the inside to hide where the cover wraps over and to add some stability. Make sure you line up the paper with the outer edge and not the inner edge because it could prevent the book from closing properly if you do.Decorate, close your book and doodle, uhh I mean take notes to your hearts content!
<<<<<<<<OUTER EDGE<<<<<<<<< >>>>>>>>>>>>INNER EDGE>>>>>>>>>>>>
Small gap between inner edge and cardstock allow the book close properly.
If you have an idea you’d like me to try or any questions or comment, make sure to leave a comment. I’d love to hear what you think! Have you tried this? What did you think?