I was due for such a notebook. My current one was getting pretty full & I had a plain, black one waiting in my craft bin. It was very uninspiring & I had plans to pretty it up somehow. I recently was blessed with a bag of great maps from my parents' numerous travels to Europe. (Thanks Mom & Dad!) After unearthing some great small maps of the city of Paris, I knew exactly what to do with the bland notebook!
If you would like to make one like this, here's what I did:
Gather your supplies:
~Plain notebook (available at any stationary store)
~Map or other pretty paper
1) Determine how you want your map or paper placed on your notebook. Trim it down with a wide margin around the edges. We'll trim it down completely later. Using a sponge brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the cover of the notebook. Carefully place your map or paper over the Mod Podge, making sure to smooth out the bubbles with your fingers.
2) Let dry.
3) Once dry, trim the extra paper off of the edges.
4) Apply an even layer of Mod Pogde over the paper. Be careful to get right to the corners. Let dry completely.
This is quite a fast craft project. Maybe half an hour plus drying time. I think this would be a great gift too - maybe for a friend who's about to embark on a European adventure? It would be a great travel journal!
I'm ready to fill it's pages with goodies...
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