Today, we have another great craft in our series, A Craft Made By You. My sweet friend Samantha is sharing a fun tip to make organizing pretty! Here she is — I love a great notebook to keep me organized. I keep mine in my purse and use it to jot down notes, shopping lists, and my never ending ‘to dos’. Having paper and pen handy is important to me because I never know when inspiration will hit. I like to write down an idea before I forget it! Sometimes my mind (and my life!) can feel like a jumbled mess. But by having a notebook to keep me organized, I feel like that mess can be beautiful.
A notebook can also be used as a journal- fill it with notes of inspiration, bible verses, and words of wisdom. It can also serve as a place to record thoughts and feelings.
Today, I will show you how to create a beautiful notebook that you will be proud to carry. A pretty notebook makes it easier to capture all those creative ideas and keep you feeling organized. I like the idea of taking something ordinary and with a little mess, turning it into something beautiful.
Here is what you need:
-Assorted Scrapbook paper or wrapping paper
-Decoupage of your choice (Mod Podge or Martha Stewart)
-Paper Cut-outs (I found my Butterflies at Michaels, they are by Martha Stewart)
1. Cut up your scrapbook paper and attach them to the cover of your journal. I cut mine up into squares to give it a ‘quilt’ feel. It would also be cute to cut the scrapbook paper into strips and make a pattern of stripes. Smaller rectangles could be used to create a herringbone pattern. Use decoupage to attach the paper to your notebook. Once the front dried, I added them to the back as well.
2. After the paper squares were in place, I used some gold craft paint to dress up the spine.
3. Then I painted the decoupage on the back of the butterflies and pressed them into place.
4. Finally, I applied a coat of decoupage over the entire front cover. Once it dried, I did the same with the back cover.
And that’s it! With a little scrapbook paper (and a little mess) you can turn an ordinary composition book into a beautiful notebook!
Do you ever feel like your life is a bit of a mess? If you look hard enough, you just might spot some beauty. Organizing Made Pretty!!!
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Hello! I am Samantha Conner. I am a stay-at-home mom turned Crafty Girl. I am the writer of “Crafty Texas Girls“. I have a passion for writing, designing and creating. I am determined to make life more fabulous with ruffles, chandeliers and hot glue! Join me in my adventures in creative home decor and all things crafty.
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