Pimp Your Planner: How To Turn a Plain Notebook into Something Special
It doesn’t matter how digital the world gets – there’s nothing like putting pen to paper – which is why we know the good old notebook will never go out of fashion! So we just love sharing ways you can get creative with yours – whether it’s your diary, your meal planner, your shopping list or your journal, we think it packs a far more personal punch if the cover has been created by you!
Check out the fantastic Louise Dunbar’s step-by-step guide to making your notebook your own below, with a little help from the fabulous Fabmatic machine!
I’m a bit obsessed with notebooks, so when i get asked to do a project for the blog, i tend to lean towards a notebook – I think they make such lovely gifts to give to someone special!
Time to make: Less than 1 hour
Skill Level: Beginner
- A5 notebook
- Foam topped die (I used a heart, but it could be anything you have)
- Fabmatic Machine
- Cardboard (I used a scrap piece from a box)
- White paint or Gesso
- Distress inks
- 3D glue gel
- Paper trimmer
- White cardstock
To die-cut the cardboard, you will need a foam topped die (Sizzix Bigz dies are perfect). The sandwich you’ll require for the machine includes the ‘C’ plate and the ‘A’ plate. Place the die onto the ‘C ‘ plate (cut side up), pop the cardboard atop the die, then put the ‘A’ plate on top of this to complete the sandwich. Next, run it through your machine; one pass is all it should take, and then you’ll have your die-cut cardboard shape ready to go!
Paint your cardboard die-cut with a thin layer of white paint or gesso. This will make the colour pop a bit better when you add the distress inks.
Trim down a piece of white cardstock so it will fit nicely over the front cover of the notebook. Now it’s time to distress the white card stock. Use any colours you like – there really are no rules! I like adding texture to my distressed backgrounds taking a stencil, a clean dauber and some water. Wet the dauber with the water and work it through the stencil, when you remove the stencil, you’ll notice that the water has removed some of the colour, leaving a watermark effect.
This is one of my favourite techniques to use. Add some more colours through different stencils to add even more texture; keep adding until you’re happy with the result, then attach to the front of the notebook.
Allow the cardboard die-cut to dry, then add some colour to it as well; you could try using a stencil to add even more texture to your project! When you’re happy with it, add this to the front cover using some glue gel.
Once complete you can keep your bespoke notebook, and use it as your own personal planner… or even personalise it with a recipient’s name and gift as a gift!
Want to learn more about the Fabmatic machine used in Louise’s project? You can read all about it right here!