Notebook Craft Project

Got time for a 10-minute craft?

Just recently I got a whole bunch of used paper from the office just to save these from the trash bin.  They were a bunch of bond paper with writings on the back. I also got a bunch of old receipts we no longer needed - without knowing what to do with them.

So I thought maybe there was a way to make them look nicer while they were waiting to be used.

Since I know myself and that I have a weakness for thinking I don't have all the materials I need and buy much too hastily - I purposely looked around the house for stuff I had and then used them for this project.  I suggest you do that too!  It might save you some time and money!

So basically I had all of these around so I didn't need to buy anything!  Weeeee!



Paint brush
Hole Puncher

I actually have a paper cutter so that was really nifty to use.  I must say that you don't really need perfectly cut pieces of paper unless you're giving this to someone.  You're recycling!  (excuses excuses)

1.  Cut the paper to the size you want your pages to be!  Silly me, I wasn't able to take a picture of me cutting the burlap but it's similar to cutting the paper anyways except, make it twice as big - as it will cover your whole notebook.

2.  Punch holes for the brads to go through.   I made a notebook and a little notepad so - for the notebook, I made 3 holes and for the notepad, just 1 hole.  You can make as many holes as your dear heart desires.

3. Here comes the most fun part!  Painting!  You can use whatever type of paint lying about.  If you plan to wash this, use fabric paint of course.  I actually used calligraphy ink because I'm going away and it might dry up before I get back.  I don't really know what will the effect be - but at least I didn't have to go out and buy some paint.

4.  Go on and attach everything to everything!

5.  This is how the back looks.  Don't want them to be sticking out that way?  You can glue gun a piece of ribbon or duct tape it (really?) :)

6.  This is the back of the notepad.  The burlap is in front and at the back portion to make it a little bit stronger.

7.  Tadah!  Finished notepad.  That was fast!  For the notebook, I just tied some string to secure (but not really necessary.

I joined the Craft blog parties at Paper Sweeties!  Thanks for hosting y'all!

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Calej lives in Japan with her husband. She designs and doodles for a living.


  1. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

  2. What a neat handmade notebook!! I love the burlap ... thanks for sharing your beautiful project with us this month at Paper Sweeties!

  3. Hi this is a stunning project. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge 38 Anything Goes sponsored by Fabrika Fantasy. Hugs Jackie DT


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