Hi everyone! Nancy here and today I want to share a little secret with you. Do your tweens look at those embellished notebooks at the mall and beg for them for back to school? Do you cringe at the idea of paying $5.00 for a composition book? I know I do. Instead of buying, why not grab your girls, a few simple supplies, and make your own embellished DIY notebook!
- Embellish by Dena Haute Girls Paper Pack
- Darice 3 Row Silver Bling on a Roll
- EK Tools Dotted Scallp Edger Punch
- Mod Podge
- Neon Washi Tape Value Pack – Neon
- Composition Book
Begin by choosing your papers. For this DIY notebook I chose Peace, Sunshine Circles, Fuschia and the Black Emboss from the Haute Girls Pack by Dena. But feel free to mix and match to create your favorite combinations. I cut each of the papers to size and then used Mod Podge to adhere them to the composition book.
Here are the sizes I used:
- Peace – 6.5 x 4″
- Sunsine Circles 6.5 x 6″
- Fuscia 1 x 9 5/8″
- Black Emboss 6.5 x 1″
- Bling on a Roll – 5.5″
I chose Mod Podge to adhere the paper as not only would it hold my paper firmly, but would add an extra layer of protection to your DIY notebook. With Mod Podge, it is best to use thin layers and let it dry thoroughly before adding more. Doing so will help keep your papers from bubbling.
When the first layer was dry, I punched the Black Scallop paper with the border punch and adhered it over the seam.
And to make the DIY notebook even more special, why not take a few minutes to make a coordinating pencil with washi tape? The neon color washi tape is so fun with the Haute Girls papers and right on trend for the back to school season.
To begin, make sure your washi tape has a straight edge and line that edge up with the metal part of the eraser.
Tear washi tape to match the edge of the painted part of the pencil. It takes two strips of washi tape to cover the pencil. To sharpen the pencil, simple peel back the washi tape a bit.
I hope you and your tweens have as much fun embellishing your school supplies as we did.
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Nancy Keslin is a paper crafter and mixed media artist focusing on scrapbook pages, mini albums, and home décor. You can find tutorials, both written and video on her blog, along with other creative inspiration. When not creating she can be found home schooling or driving her children; sometimes simultaneously.