When I went to my local dollar store, I bought a few mini/skinny notepads that I thought would be perfect to give to my nieces.
Dressing it up doesn’t mean taking apart the notebook and then altering it, you can simply dress up the notebook by making a cover for it. This can also double as a gift package, so you don’t need to wrap it or put in a cello bag again. Another good thing about making covers for these skinny/mini notepads is that you can create a couple of covers from one cardstock and printed paper. So, let’s begin!
My skinny notebook size is 2.375 x 6.125 inches, but you can adapt this tutorial to make cover for any size of notebooks.
What you need to create the cover:
- Cardstock in coordinating color as your printed patterned papers in 5.375 x 6.25 inches (this will be your base)
- Cardstock in coordinating color as your base cardstock in 2.375 x 6.125 inch
- Cardstocks in various coordinating colors to die cut
- Printed patterned papers, cut to 2.25 x 6 inch and 2.25 x 3 inch
- Stamped, cut and colored image
- Cutting die (I used Spellbinders)
- Die cutting machine
- Scoring board
- Grosgrain ribbon
Since my image is a princess, it’s only so fitting to use Fairytale Dream papers from Mari Koegelenberg.
First, I scored my cardstock 2.5 inch in from either side of the length.
Adhere the notepad to the inside right side of the cover.
Adhere the cardstock and patterned papers, then die cut shapes that would ‘frame’ the colored image in front. Stamp a greeting on the lower side of patterned paper.
Adhere grosgrain ribbon as well as the matted cardstock and patterned papers as well as the die cut shape.
Tie the ribbon to close the cover and your skinny notepad has been customized.