Hi Everyone! I’m back today to share another quick & easy 4x6 crafting idea with you. Today’s project is a cute and simple 4x6 homemade notebook.
I could have opted to simply decorate an existing notebook cover, but decided to take things just a couple of steps further.
The front and back cover of my notebook were created using pages from a Maya Road chipboard album. The existing width was already 4 inches, but I trimmed off a portion of the top, including the existing holes to create the 6 inch length. (One chipboard album can be transformed into 4 personalized notebooks!)
I simply decorated the front cover with a combination of patterned papers, and a handful of coordinated embellishments. I also chose to decorate the inside of the back cover with single pattern for a polished look.
After completing the front and back covers, I used my crop a dile to punch a small hole in the top left corner of each.
Next, it was time to fill the covers with note paper. There were many different paper options that I could have used, but once I realized that the magnetic paper pads that Michael’s sells in their dollar section were the ideal width, I knew exactly how I wanted to proceed!
The width was already absolutely perfect, but I had a bit of trimming to do as far as length was concerned. The paper pad that I chose to use was lined, so trimming the pages to size was a cinch. By using an existing line as a guide, and a straight edge with an exacto knife, I was able to trim several pages at once. It may seem like a lot of added work and effort, but in reality it took less than 2 minutes to trim all my pages to size, while keeping the glued edge along the top of the notepad intact.
Next, I simply placed my notepad between the covers, and marked where the holes had to go. It took 3 quick punches, once again using my crop a dile to go through the entire stack of pages.
Finally, all I had to do was line up my front cover, the notepad, and the back cover, then secure them all in place with a metal binder ring.
This fun and simple project took approximately 30 minutes to complete from start to finish, and the possibilities of personalizing this design are virtually endless. It would make the perfect little gift for teachers, to use as a journal, or perhaps to give as party favors at a little girl’s birthday party...with each guest’s name or initial prominently displayed within the design.
Supplies: Mini Album: Maya Road; Patterned Paper: Studio Calico; Epoxy Flower: Prima; Button & Brad: Basic Grey; Baker’s Twine; Doodlebug Designs; Die Cuts: Elle’s Studio, Martha Stewart Crafts; Notepad: Michael’s
I hope you enjoyed the projects that I shared with you this week, and as always, happy crafting!