Hey everyone! It’s me again, Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog. I can’t believe summer is coming to an end and we have to start thinking about back to school stuff. With that being said, I have a really simple and cute DIY craft to share with you today. I am loving this Back to School Scrapbook Paper Notebook! It’s a great way to customize a plain notebook into something that fits your style. And, we all know expressing yourself makes life more fun. It’s also a inexpensive and easy project for the kids to do, to hopefully get them excited about the new school year if there not already. Just a side note about myself: I really love paper a lot! It’s my favorite material to use when it comes to making crafts and cards. Plus, the pattern paper is so pretty to look at.
Let’s get started!
- Scrapbook paper
- Cutting mat
- X-Acto knife
- Adhesive tape
I started by using an adhesive tape runner along the sides and in the middle of the front cover of the notebook. You can use any kind of adhesive you like, I just prefer tape runners.
Place a piece of 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper on top of the front cover over the adhesive. I left the black binding of the book exposed because I was afraid it wouldn’t open if I covered it. I really like this gilded gold paper. The colors almost look like they are hand painted. It really is beautiful double sided paper.
Open up the cover on the cutting mat and use the X-Acto knife along the edges of the notebook removing excess paper. Make sure to be very careful while using the knife, it is very sharp. I like this method for cutting the excess paper the best. There’s no measuring involved and the knife cuts better than scissors or at least I think so.
That’s it! You can leave your notebook like this or I repeated the steps on the inside cover and back of the notebook. I also added some embellishments for more character and fun.
I added a chalkboard sticker on the inside cover page with my daughter’s name on it. That way if it is ever lost they will know who the notebook belongs to. Also, there was a cute tab sticker with hearts on it that I placed on the inside page. It was too cute not to add.
This pretty floral pattern is the back cover of the notebook. I think it looks vintage and modern at the same time. That’s my favorite combinations ever!
I also added a tag to the front cover using coordinating scrapbook paper and stickers. It’s just a sweet reminder. I adhered the tag to the front cover with the tape runner.
Hope you and your kiddos enjoy this back to school project!
Happy 2014-2015 School Year!!!