DIY Notebook Covers

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We live and breathe by our very old HP PSC 1315, from school and work projects to printing photos, it has seen many years of projects. Alas, it has reached the point where it only feeds one sheet of paper at a time…it is time for an upgrade! The HP Deskjet 3636 from Walmart is a great printer that can take the beating of our busy household.

DIY Notebook Covers with HP 3636

Coming in 3 cool colors, Vibrant Red (our color), Dragonfly Blue, Sporty Purple, it is easy to keep it simple with an affordable all-in-one printer, scanner and copier.  It has great features our old printer didn't have.  Not only do I now have wireless printing from my laptop, I can connect my smartphone directly to my printer—and easily print without accessing a network.

DIY Notebook Covers aka How To Cover A Boring Notebook

Since it can print up to twice as many pages with Original HP high-yield ink cartridges, I'm getting more high-quality prints and borderless photos to printables;  just what we needed, especially for getting back into school and work mode!

Speaking of which, don't send a boring notebook or composition book to school; I created a free paintbrush notebook cover you can use to turn an inexpensive pad into a fun project.  I even snuck in a bonus balloon dog print...


What You'll Need:

spiral notebook (mine measures 7" x 5") and/or composition book
paintbrush or BONUS balloon dog printable (both options you can download HERE)
white cardstock
scissors
Mod Podge
foam paintbrush
hole punch


To create the spiral bound notebook cover

1. Print the notebook cover(s) of your choice on white cardstock. If you wish to cover the back of the notebook, you'll need two per notebook.
2. Carefully remove the covers from the spiral of your notebook. Depending on the type of spiral, the hook is on the back or in the middle of the spiral to prevent snagging.
3. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge all over the front of the notebook cover(s) and position the printed cover to your liking, then smooth to adhere to the notebook cover.
4.  Set aside to dry, then trim the excess paper off the cover(s).
5.  Use the hole punch to punch out the notebook holes.
6.  Reassemble the notebook.


To create the composition book cover

1. Print the notebook cover(s) of your choice on white cardstock. If you wish to cover the back of the composition book, you'll need two per book.
2.  Trim the left/right sides of the printable so it will butt against the black trim of the comp book. You can trace the comp book onto the back of your printable and cut out or if you are like me and don't trust your tracing skills, trim after you have adhered it to the comp book.
3. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge all over the front of the comp book cover(s) and position the printed cover to your liking, then smooth to adhere to the notebook cover. To make sure the cover doesn’t curl, place a heavy book on top for an hour or so, until dry.
4.  If needed, trim the excess paper off the cover(s).


If you want to cover several notebooks, use a piece of black chalkboard tape and a white pen to label the different subjects!

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Do you have any back to school tricks that work for you? Leave a comment, we could all use the help...

 

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