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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Hotfoil DIY notebooks

Hello, and welcome. Today I'm going to show you how to make notebooks. Personally I always carry a notebook in my purse to jot down reminders, ideas and anything else that comes to mind. 

These notebooks are perfect for just that. You can make them any size you want and when you finish one - just make another. 

Hotfoil DIY notebooks tutorial

I bought this hotfoil scrapbook paper a long time ago. Initially I planned to use it to make Christmas cards, but then somehow the paper was buried under a pile of other stuff in my crafts closet (which tends to happen a lot). Recently I rediscovered it, and because I'm destashing I decided to start using at least a part of it.

Hotfoil DIY notebooks tutorial

I folded one sheet of the scrapbook paper in half and then cut regular copy paper to the same size (each sheet also folded in half).
Hotfoil DIY notebooks tutorial

If you have a stapler capable of stapling though this length of paper, you can just staple the cover and the sheets together. Because my stapler didn't reach that far, I used my sewing machine instead.
To sew the notebooks you should secure all the pages to the cover with paper clips (to make sure they don't end up misaligned).
Hotfoil DIY notebooks tutorial

Then just sew down the crease in the cover:

Hotfoil DIY notebooks tutorial

Hotfoil DIY notebooks tutorial

Hotfoil DIY notebooks tutorial

And there you have it: one cute notebook make in next to nothing:

Hotfoil DIY notebooks tutorial

Hotfoil DIY notebooks tutorial

You can also make these notebooks to give as gifts, pairing them with a pretty pen or pencil. And instead of using store bought scrapbook paper you can just print your own custom covers and go from there. Endless possibilities!

Hotfoil DIY notebooks tutorial

Hotfoil DIY notebooks tutorial

See below my other destashing projects so far:

Destashing #1: Scrappy crochet blanket
Destashing #2: DIY Play Food: cloth napkins & napkin rings
Destashing #3: DIY Doll Diaper - tutorial and pattern
Destashing #4: Zippered Pouches
Destashing #5: Felt envelope clutches
Destashing #6: DIY Felt Book Covers
Destashing #7: Upcycled Fabric Covered Tin Can 
Destashing #8: Felt penguin key chain 
Destashing #9: DIY Tulle Gift Bags 
Destashing #10: DIY Fabric Headbands  
Destashing #11: Two Toned Felt Envelope Bags 
Destathing #12: Quick & Easy Pillowcases 

Enjoy, and happy Tuesday!

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  1. OH my gosh, I never thought to use my sewing machine like this! What a cute idea -- I see so many upcycled notebooks in my future.
    Thanks for sharing!


  2. Brilliant, they look fab. What a fun idea.

  3. I love these notebooks - what a great idea to use your sewing machine. Quick and simple. Thanks for sharing with Creatively Crafty Link Party #CCBG

  4. Oh, I like this diy project style. Simple but charming.


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