Everyday DIY notebook

It’s that time of year !!! The school supplies are filling the shelves and the supplies lists are getting handed out. I have always been a lover of notebooks, pencils and pens. You could probably use the word hoarding  because I seriously have a drawer full !!!! I just can’t resist.

After walking the isles of Target wishing I was going back to school so I could buy all the things , ok I was just joking about the wanting to back to school  part.

I was inspired to make my own notebook out of my favorite Maggie Holmes pattern papers from the bloom collection.

Making this notebook is SUPER easy!! I sized my papers to 5.5×8.5 ( half of a 8.5×11) so I could get 2 sheets out of one !!! After I had all my papers cut out I brought the notebook to my local printer and had it bound for under five dollars.

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I kept the front of the journal simple, this pink floral pattern is my absolute favorite out of the collection.

When you first open the journal the first page opens to a gold envelope. Every notebook needs a little folder to put all those random loose papers in .  I am giving this notebook as a gift so I decided to insert a few notecards and envelopes for my recipient to have on hand.

notebookinside copyYou can never have to many notecards .

My day is always brighten when I get a little handwritten card from a friend. Underneath the envelope is a piece of gold floral velum . I added in lots of layers in this notebook to make it feel more like a mini album.  notebookcombineAnd whats a notebook without notes. I divided the book into different sections using different pattern paper tabs.

The first section I added in lined note paper . Each section has a handful of papers to write notes or write down ideas . Each page can easily be torn off !!  I also included pages that were blank  .

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After the notes section is the first tab in the book. At each tab I used the small pattern paper strip to attache photos .

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The pattern paper really makes this notebook fun and interactive.

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Along with the smaller photos I inserted 4 large full page photos. I didn’t want the full page photos to get lost in the book so I added a small embellishment to the top right corner so they would stick out slightly more then the rest of the papers.

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The best part about all the tabs is seeing a different picture at each one.

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At the back end of the notebook I added  another pattern paper to compete the book.  I just love how this turned out and I now want to make many more!!!

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TIP >>> You don’t want to include tabs and photos just use pattern papers . I think the notebook is cute either way !!

  • July 31, 2016 - 8:21 pm

    Suzie - This is just lovely, Amanda!!! What a great, thoughtful gift. What inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2016 - 11:27 pm

    Karen - What a great gift. I’m going to have to pin this for Christmas gifts, my mom would love this.ReplyCancel

  • September 1, 2016 - 6:10 am

    sare - So inspiring Thankyou 😊ReplyCancel

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