Monday, May 30, 2011

It's a journal, it's a diary, it's a fabric covered notebook!

Let me just start of by saying that I did not come up w/ this tutorial at all. I found it online somewhere and mine may be a little different from theirs but it's basically the same. Make sense? Ever since I found this tutorial I've wanted to make one. I do not remember or cannot find this tutorial. It must be lost in the world of cyberspace so I'm going to tell you how to do this. Hopefully.

Stuff You Need:
1. Composition notebook or some other type of non-spiral bound notebook - size is up to you.
2. Mod Podge or Elmer's glue (I used the latter)
3. Adhesive application tool - try one of those spongy/foam things. Ya'll know what I'm talking about. You're know that thing.
4. Ribbon
5. Fabric - something a little heavy.

How To:
1. Cut ribbon into 2 strands - glue to back and front center of notebook. This is going to be the closing mechanism. So technical, right? You must wait until this is dried before moving on to step 2.
2. Apply glue to the front side of the notebook and adhere fabric.
3. Rinse, wash and repeat Step 2 for the back side of the notebook.
4. Cut off any excess fabric around the edges.
5. You should now have a journal to be proud of.

I know, I know. This probably isn't the best tutorial but ya'll are smart people and you can figure it out. The only thing I would have done differently is probably added another layer because you can kinda see the black, ugly composition notebook pattern underneath. I hope you enjoy and I would love to see what you create!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Scrap Paper Scratch Pad

This is such a great way to get rid of your scrap paper stash that's taking up room in your scrapping area. I wish I had a better tutorial to tell you how to make one of these but I don't so just pay attention because every little detail matters....just kidding. This is pretty simple.

Stuff You Need:
1. Nice collection of scrap paper (Plain or Patterned or both)
2. Paper Cutter
3. Paintbrush
4. Elmer's Washable School Glue (I'm sure any other type of glue would work but this is just what I used)

How to:
1. Cut your paper into 3" squares
2. Keep cutting until you have a nice stack going...the height of your scratch pad is completely up to you.
3. Stack your papers evenly and then spread the glue along one side of the stack w/ your paintbrush.
4. Let the glue dry and hold the stack together w/ binder clips or rubber bands. I used ponytail holders.
5. Add second coat of glue - let dry.
6. Add a ribbon or another finishing touch.
7. Enjoy your new scratch pad!!!

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