DIY Custom Notebooks {with Emily of}

 Happy Friday amigos! I am so stoked that my friend Emily of 52 Mantels is here to share with us today. She is super talented and creative and has brought a easy and cute craft that we all can use (and we all can do!) Enjoy!
Hi! I’m Emily from 52 Mantels, a blog about all things home including weekly mantel makeovers, easy DIY projects, seasonal crafts and simple recipes! I’m blessed to be the stay-at-home mother to one adorable little girl and the lucky wife to an ever-supportive hubby (who puts up with my endless projects!). I’m so glad April has invited me over today!! What an honor!


This Summer has been (and will continue to be!) a busy time for me! I’ve gone on a few trips and a handful of ladies retreats. Busy AND fun! These Custom Notebooks were made for 5 friends who I was lucky enough to spend a weekend retreat with. This project is easy and inexpensive and makes for great gifts, party favors or back to school goodies for the students (or teachers!) in your life.

To make a Custom Notebook, start with a simple composition notebook, 4 sheets of scrapbook paper (I used two coordinating papers for each notebook), a roll of crafting tape, washi tape or paper tape and a glue stick!

1) For this project, you’ll leave the existing black binding in place. To start, trace the cover (from the edge of the binding, on) of your notebook onto the back of one piece of scrapbook paper 2) Cut this template out and use it to make 3 more equally sized pieces from your remaining paper 3) Take the glue stick and apply it to the front cover of the notebook and press one sheet of cut paper onto it 4) Open the notebook and repeat that process to the inside of the front cover (using a coordinating paper) 5) Take your washi tape (or similar product) and bind the three edges. Repeat the entire process on the back cover!

I chose to make each of the five notebooks in varying combinations of paper and tape….because, well, I like the whimsy of mixing patterns and colors!


These turned out to be the perfect gifts to take on my retreat, but I may make a few more for myself. I think they are super fun!

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{This is April again} Wow, don’t you guys love these?  I wish I could have gone on that retreat! What a sweet and special gift for her dear friends. Emily is so creative. Have you seen her other amazing paper work? She made an entire mantel from paper! Check it out here.

I love all the notebooks Emily showed us, but I definitely have a fav – can you guess which one?

Which one would you choose?

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  1. I love Emily! This is such a great idea! Thanks for featuring it! :-)


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