So I have finally decided that Thursday will be a tutorial day here on this blog. I have lots of tricks, tips and techniques that I want to share with you and I think one tutorial a week is a fairly good idea. And I am not limiting myself to just videos here. There will be picture tutorials, DIYs, product demos(on request) and ofcourse videos. So keep the tutorial requests coming 🙂
I already shared the very first video tutorial in the series last Thursday on woodgrain background. Check it out if you haven’t done it already 🙂
Today I have a picture tutorial on the recycled notebooks I shared HERE. They are super easy and fun to make and the best part is that they are recycled 🙂
I have always loved recycling but these days I have been super-inspired to recycle because of some of my loved challenges. First is the newly started LESSology Challenge#1 – The Altered Book (I love the talented people on the team there), second is the Recycle with Lynn Challenge at Yvonne’s blog and third is the CraftyJC Challenge#9 – Recycle. I already have so many ideas to recycle on my mind but lets get started with this one first 🙂
Tutorial: Recycled Notebooks
Step 1: Pick up a cardboard ready to be recycled(we often get new clothes packed with cardboard pieces in between). I picked up one from Jockeys
Step 2: Pick up some pretty pattern papers and cover the cardboard piece.
The Front The Back
Step 3: On the back side, adhere a eyelet (It will be used to keep the book tied together). I used a flower in addition, just to pretty things up 🙂 The notebook cover is almost ready. Keep it aside.
Step 4: For the inside pages, use any kind of papers that you want to (lined, plain white printer paper, etc). Since I was recycling, I used some project file papers from college time that had been lying around the house for almost 6 years now. Fold them in half and using your paper trimmer/ Xacto Knife, cut them to size of the notebook cover.
Step 5: Now we are ready to bind our little notebook. Using a hole piercer./big needle, make 2 holes in the center and bind the pages along with the cover using embroidery floss/twine/burlap or anything else that you like.
I continued with my recycling bit and tore of a strip of chiffon cloth from an old dress sleeves. It was a perfect match for my notebook color and I love the texture it adds.
Step 6: Embellish/decorate the cover as much or as less as you like. I kept it simple with an journaling card attached to the center.
Add a button towards the edge of the front cover. I prefer to stitch it for more sturdiness but you can also use hot glue, if you’d like.
Step 7: As the last step, tie one end of the embroidery floss/twine around the eyelet that we added in step 3. and wrap the other end of the embroidery floss/twine loosely to the button on the front. And now you have a string to keep your book closed together.
And there you have it, a wonderful little notebook to cherish 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you come up with your own version of this notebook, don’t forget to leave me a comment on this post. I would love to visit and take a look.
If you have any questions or specific tutorial requests or product demo requests, let me know.
And yes, join me tomorrow for Lawnscaping bloghop. It is going to be real fun with lots of inspiration and prizes 🙂
Thanks for visiting today!