Tutorial: Pimp your notebook 2

I have a weird fondness for brown notebooks.
 Whenever I see them in a store I have an urge to buy a bunch of them. 
But sometimes, despite the love, they do look a little too plain to be used as an everyday journal.
And so I thought it'd be a fun project to turn some of them into personalized designs.
The first thing came to my mind is this wonderful Kikki K journal that is unfortunately no longer in store.

A good thing is that it looks easily DIY'd.

Here's a quick how-to:

Supplies you will need
1. A plain notepad
2. Colour paper/ Scrapbook paper
3. White paint/ gel pen
4. Scissors
5. Glue

Draft the outline of the design lightly by a pencil

Decide your colour combination.

If you are stuck in deciding the colours, try brainstorming at colour palette websites.
(I like Design Seeds and Colourlovers, check them out! :)

My final decision is white, green and orange to go with the yellow border.


Drawing the patterns: 
This seems to be the hardest part, but it will get much easier when you do it, I promise.
Guided by your draft, use your gel pen/ paint brush to draw a variety of lines on each row.
It needs a little patience to complete the pattern, but once its done you will know it's worth it :)
Erase the draft borders once the paint is dried.
Almost done! Remember the colour papers we prepared from the start? 
Now it's time to cut them out and stick them onto your notebook.
Put on a protective glaze and it is finished!

This design can also be used on hand-bind cereal box notepads.
Modify the design as much as you like, Get Wild :D

Have fun Crafting!


  1. Great idea! I have a bunch of note books in my stash! Thank you!

    1. You're most welcome Sharon,
      Glad that this helps! :)