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DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial

Hello and happy Saturday!  Shellye McDaniel here with another quick and easy gift idea for your holiday exchanges: Mini Covered Notebooks

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Let’s Create the Notebook

To begin I’ll be using wide-ruled notebook paper, a sheet of lightweight chipboard, a 6X6 paper pad, and embellishments.  From Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Holiday Embellishment KitAdhesive Sheets 12×12 inchExtreme Double-Sided Tape 1/4in, and Keepsake Envelopes.

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

I started by taking several sheets of plain copy paper or notebook paper; roughly 15-20 sheets. I cut them in half to measure 8.5″ X 5.5″. Cut the sheets in half again so that they measure 4.25″ X 5.5″.  Next, all of the papers were gathered into a stack and then folded in half to measure 4.25″ X 3.75″.

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

I took a 4.75″ X 6″ piece of lightweight, white chipboard and folded it in half to find the center.  Next, I placed the paper stack on top of the chipboard and punched two holes along the center as shown above.

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Next, I dressed the cover of the chipboard.  6X6 paper pads come in very handy for this!  Cut the paper and Adhesive Sheet down to match the chipboard.  I adhered the adhesive to the chipboard, removed the yellow backing and then attached the paper.

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

After punching the first two holes, I decided that I wanted an elastic closure!  I used an eyelet punch to create a hole in the middle spine of the cover.  Thread through both ends of a piece of elastic and knot off before adding the pages to the book.

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

I added the pages to the inside of the cover using twine inserted through all of the holes.

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Embellishing the Notebook

To the inside cover I added one of the 2.5″ X 4″ Keepsake Pockets.  This is a perfect spot to store stamps, business cards, gift cards, etc.

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

I also added a strip of the 1/4″ Extreme Double-Sided Tape to the edge of the cover, just above the Keepsake Pocket.  To it, I attached some cute pom pom trim.

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

I’ve had this adorable 3D snowman in my stash for some time and thought he would be great on the cover.  I embellished him further with a tree from the 3D Foam Holiday Embellishment Kit and then glittered with green.

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Finally, I tied on some pretty check ribbon and it’s all ready for gifting!  I made up several of these in different patterns and types of paper on the inside.  You can also find inexpensive premade notebooks that you can give the same treatment 🙂

DIY Christmas Mini Covered Notebook Tutorial by Shellye McDaniel for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Thank you for joining me today!

Creative Time: 30 minutes
Skill Level: Beginner

Materials needed:
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®:

3D Foam Holiday Embellishment Kit
Adhesive Sheets 12×12 inch
Extreme Double-Sided Tape 1/4in
Keepsake Envelopes

Other Supplies: Lawn Fawn Knit Picky 6X6 Paper Pad, Paper Mart Ribbon, May Arts Pom Pom Trim, Elastic, Notebook Paper, Green Glitter, and Snowman Sticker: Martha Stewart Crafts

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