scissors, paper and glue

I’ll admit it: I have an addiction to notebooks. I get one, stay with it for a month (two if I’m especially attached), then get or make a new one (okay, maybe a few months).

So last night I decided to make one that would actually be successful. 🙂 It’s super easy and takes 20 minutes!

(Sorry for the instagrams…they’re all I had 😛 )

You need:

  • decorative paper (I used a 12 x 12 in. piece of scrapbooking paper)
  • cardstock (just a 8.5 x 11 in. sheet)
  • filler paper (I used a thinner-ish printing paper; you can used lined, graph, etc.)
  • 3 medium-sized brads (mine were just big enough to cover a standard-sized hole punch)
  • long ruler
  • scissors
  • paper cutter (optional)
  • double-sided tape or gluestick

1. Cut a piece of decorative paper that’s 10 x 7 in. and a piece of cardstock that’s the same size. Score the cardstock down the middle (widthwise) twice, each score line about 1/2 cm – 3/4 in. apart. Do the same for the decorative paper.

2. Line them up, making sure the score lines are even.

Glue them together. (I found that the best way to do this was to do one side, then the small space between the score lines, then the other side.)

3. Next, cut your filler paper. As you can see, I used blank sheets. 🙂 I cut them to 6 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches so that they didn’t go right to the edges of the cover. (You can make them a little bit bigger if you’d like.)

4. Then put the sheets inside the cover, moving them as close to the binding as possible. Punch three holes in, and stick your brads through.

Enjoy your brand-new notebook/journal/random stuff book! 🙂

a love from pinterest. 🙂

I’m going to copy this into my journal and add:

…and Jesus loves you just the way you are; He made you for a reason. 🙂