Notebooks – By Peggie Wilkins
My college-aged daughter loves her notebooks decorated but doesn't like to pay the price for fancy ones. Mama to the rescue. I buy cheap notebooks after the season is over and then decorate them. I don't like to do them too fancy as I have seen some. because they are going to be pulled in and out of a backpack. Here is what I do.
Gather your supplies.
I use mod podge for my glue. The gloss or the mat finish both work. This is the gloss finish. A foam brush, a brayer, notebook, waxpaper, designer paper (Bo Bunny) and image (Poppy by Silvia Zet for Susana's Custom Art and Design) colored with copic markers (.too) are also needed Later on we will add some embellishments.
Open the notebook over the waxpaper. Don't do this with the notebook closed. If you are like I am you would end up gluing half the pages shut if the cover wasn't open.
Use the foam brush and apply the mod podge over the whole cover. Lay the designer paper over the cover and then go over the whole thing with the brayer. This insures that the paper is glued down well. Let dry about a half hour.
Apply some Trendy Tape by Queen & Co.
Using an ATG700 Tape runner adhere the designer paper to the image and then to the notebook.
Using the mod podge adhere the flowers (Recollections distributed by Michaels) around the image and then add stickles (Ranger) to the flowers and highlights to the hair and wings. Let dry.
Apply a layer of mod podge over the whole cover so the paper is protected. Be careful going over the dark red flowers as the color runs.
Enjoy you inexpensive yet beautiful notebook.
Editor Note: This technique would work for many other projects as well. How about scrapbook fronts or journals, just for a couple of ideas.