DIY Floral Notebooks…

Twig and Thistle

I love this sweet and simple vintage inspired DIY project from one of my favorite graphic design bloggers, Kathleen of Twig and Thistle…

After printing several copies of the free Floral Flutter pattern from the Inspired Bride here, which comes in six colourways, Kathleen proceeded to use them to turn boring office notebooks into covetable ones! These are great to make for yourself or give away as charming gifts for Christmas. Thanks Kathleen!

To make the cover, print the pattern onto your desired size of paper with a color printer [I used an 11×17″ piece of craft paper from a roll that I trimmed to size and printed on a large format printer].

Twig and Thistle

Twig and Thistle

To cover the notebook, cut a rectangle from the printed paper, making it the exact height of the notebook plus the width times two plus the spine and an additional 1/2 inch on either side.

Twig and Thistle

Twig and Thistle

In a well-ventilated area, coat the back of the paper with spray adhesive. With the paper wrong side up, quickly center the notebook face down onto the paper being careful to line up the top and bottom edges.

Continue wrapping the paper around the spine and to the back; smooth with a bone folder and making sure to define the edges. Now that your cover is in place you should have excess paper hanging off of either side. Using a ruler and craft knife, trimm of the excess paper.

Twig and Thistle

Twig and Thistle

Ta-da! Now you have your own pretty notebook!

Twig and Thistle

Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

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