DIY Notebook to Journal Tutorial

Hello Lovelies! Back with another Partner Post with Julia from Julia’s Journal! It is the DIY category! SO FUN!

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Today I decided to do a Composition Notebook to Fabulous Journal tutorial! These are soooooo easy and look fabulous when done. There is something so inspiring about a pretty notebook. It just MAKES you want to write in it! Not to mention they are very inexpensive. Journals can cost quite a bit. I have written a journal and stories since I could write, I am always kind of surprised by how much they are. I mean they are just lined paper and a pretty cover right? I’m a bit on the cheep side. Take it from a girl who just purchased her first expensive journal this year from Barnes and Nobles. It is a beautiful Leather beauty but I couldn’t have done it if someone hadn’t gifted me with a giftcard there. I digress. Let’s get to it!

 

 ~Supplies~

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~ 2 sheets of 12×12” paper. You can use 8.5×11” too.

~ 2 pieces of Cardstock. Black or white. I had black today. Smile

~ 1 Composition Book

~ Glue Sticks (at least 2)

~ 4 Binder Clips or Clothespins (both work great! But if you are using clothes pins, I like to use twice as many.)

~ Paper cutter (you can use scissors for this the cuter just makes it easier)

~ Scissors

 

And that’s it! Let’s Create!

 

 

 ~ Instructions ~

  Start off by cutting your paper to 12×9” (you can also use a 8.5×11”)

 

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Next, glue your paper tight against the black binding of the composition notebook centering it as best as you can eyeballing it.

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Rub it really well!!!!!! You don’t want the sides coming up.

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Do this to both sides! Make sure you put lots of glue right next to the binding. That is the most important part.

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Now open it up. This is what is should look like.

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Fold the corners in nice and tight. Glue them down.

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I use a pen to score the sides against the notebook. This allows it to fold nice and neat with no mistakes.

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Like so!

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Now, glue that flap down nice and tight. Don’t be afraid of wasting the glue. The more the merrier!

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Do this to the tops of the notebook as well. Scoring, Folding, and Gluing. Now is when you use the clips. It holds the paper down so that it gets a chance to dry.

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Do this to both sides. TA DA! Looking good!

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Now for the Cardstock. Cut the first sheet directly in half.

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Apply glue liberally!

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Center if over the paper on the inside. The pretty paper will create a pretty frame around the the cardstock. Make it as even as possible. Do this to both sides.

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Take your second sheet of cardstock and measure it against the notebook length wise. Mark where to cut. Cut along the line you marked.

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Cut two strips 1.5 to 2” wide.

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You are going to glue these against the sides of the notebook paper. Front and back.

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EEK! YOU ARE DONE! GORGEOUS!

 

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Super pretty and chic. Write away lovelies!

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* Tips and Tricks *

~ Use lots of glue! Don’t do it sparingly. As you can see from the above picture it started to peel because I didn’t use enough glue. Repeat. LOTS OF GLUE

~ Keep your notebook closed for a while when you are done to give it a chance to dry properly. I sometimes even clip it closed.

~ Make sure you admire your work! Smile

 

What do you think? Is this something you would try? If you do, I would love to hear from you in the comment’s section or by email. rufflesandgrace@gmail.com I would love to see pictures!

 

Check out Julia’s DIY post here! She is so creative and I can’t wait to see what she made!

 

By His Grace,

Victoria