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make a notebook with your favourite movie/fashion brand/model (etc!) as your cover!
I have always loved collecting postcards. There are Zo cards (advertisements in the form of postcards) available all around Singapore. Then there comes a point when there are just too many of these postcards lying around in my house so I had to use them for something else, something more useful...

Posted by gwenstella from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia • Published See gwenstella's 41 projects »
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  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather your magazines.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 2
    Step 2

    Gather your postcards too.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 3
    Step 3

    Go flip through all those pages of the magazines to find one that will work great as a cover for your magazine.

    I usually choose advertisements and pictures of models.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 4
    Step 4

    Place your postcard over the picture that you have chosen. Position it the way you would like your cover to look.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 5
    Step 5

    You can either trace the postcard on the page...

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 6
    Step 6

    or cut it out directly using a penknife.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 7
    Step 7

    After getting the cover, it's time to choose a backing.

    I usually choose from the same page/advertisement so that the notebook has a uniform design.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 8
    Step 8

    Repeat the same for the backing as you did for the cover.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 9
    Step 9

    Apply glue all over the postcard. Ensure that the ENTIRE postcard is covered so that the no air bubbles will be formed later when we fold the postcard.

    Then align the magazine cutout on the postcard.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 10
    Step 10

    Press down firmly and smoothen the cutout on the postcard gently.

    You can use another postcard/cardboard to help you with this.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 11
    Step 11

    Collect those A4 coloured paper. I have lots of these coloured printing papers at home!

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 12
    Step 12

    Fold the A4 paper into half along the length.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 13
    Step 13

    Cut the folded line using penknife. I like to use a penknife because it's fast and gives a relatively smooth edge.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 14
    Step 14

    Fold the paper into half again.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 15
    Step 15

    And then cut it along the folded line again.

    You should get these uniform 4 quarters of the A4 paper.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 16
    Step 16

    Gather all 4 pieces and fold it into half again.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 17
    Step 17

    Get the cover of the notebook again.

    Paste clear tape along all 4 sides of the cover. Only half of the clear tape should be lined on the front of the cover.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 18
    Step 18

    Then, fold and press the tape down on the back of the cover.

    This creates a protective lining for the cover.

    For those who wants a cleaner look can wrap the entire cover with clear plastic!

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 19
    Step 19

    Cut away any excess tape.

  • How to make a notebook journal. Diy Cheap And Easy Notebook! - Step 20
    Step 20

    When all 4 sides of the cover are lined with the tape, it's time to fold the cover!

    Slowly and carefully, bring the breadth together, then press down firmly at the centre of the cover.

  • Step 21

    Put around 15 pieces of the paper together. You can experiment with different number of pieces to see what is the maximum number of pieces that your stapler can go through.

    you have your notebook! :)

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Tara Gypsy Apples
Tara Gypsy Apples · Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, ZA · 41 projects
howcome you make a back cover if you fold the front cover in half to make a front and back cover?
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Ma V.
Ma V.
love this!
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Suki F.
Suki F. · Cambridge, England, GB · 6 projects
This is fun and the tutorial is nice and clear - thanks!
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Lucia
Lucia · San Luis Obispo, California, US · 6 projects
Very cute and nice tutorial!
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