Hello my peeps! Today I'm sharing a FREE tutorial for making this really cool notebook from a children's hardback. Below is the project that I'm sharing today. I decoupaged the cover and added prints that I made on the Gel Press with stencils from Stencil Girl as well as some butterflies that I die cut using my Cascading Butterflies die from Spellbinders.
I started by taking apart several mini yellow legal pads and I used a two hole punch in the top.
These fit perfectly inside a hard back children's book.
I made sure I had enough to fill the book.
After I distressed the edges, however, there were extra pages. So you can keep that in mind when you are figuring out how many paper pads to use.
I cut a couple pieces of chipboard and used the two hole punch in those as well.
I decoupaged the outside of the book with old book pages.
I decoupaged just the edges and spine of the inside of the book with old book pages.
I used white acrylic paint to dry brush over the book pages on the outside...
and on the inside.
I adhered a couple pieces of distressed cardboard over the inside front and back of the book cover.
I then adhered one of my favorite Gel Press monoprints over the cardboard pieces.
I used my Mix'd Media Inx in Vintage to ink over the white paint and added just a touch of brown to the edges using Mix'd Media Inx CHOX in Sparrow.
I adhered another of my favorite prints to the outside front and back of the book cover.
I decoupaged a few butterflies and added a little doodling with a brown Sharpie pen.
I used rivets to adhere old denim belt loops to the outside edges of the book cover as well as 4 on the spine to keep the 3 pieces of seam binding in place, then I slipped the seam binding through the belt loops.