When it comes to organization and making lists, most people have a clear preference on whether they go for a digital list or a good, old fashioned, pen-and-paper to-do list. I, on the other hand, go for a bit of both. I love making quick lists that I can jot down as I’m at my computer or on my phone while I’m out. It’s reassuring to know I’m not going to lose ideas on small scraps of paper in the abyss of my purse, never to be seen again. And don’t get me started on how many shopping lists I’ve painstakingly made only to realize they are still sitting on my kitchen table the moment I walk into the store.
However, there’s nothing like an hour spent scribbling out every thought to get to the idea that’s hiding right at the back of your mind. With a creative brain you can absorb much more from a page of notes and pictures than a list on a computer screen. So I try to make a conscious effort to go back to paper and pen when I’m looking for new ideas. It was during one of these sessions that I had the idea to decorate these notebooks. I’m taking that as proof that the theory works. —Fran
- Contact paper
- (A pair of tweezers is handy, but not essential)
1. Crosses Notebook
To create the crosses, cut out small squares from the contact paper.
From these squares cut out four smaller squares from each corner. This should leave you with a cross shape. Keep the corner cut-offs for later, as we will be using them in another design.
Peel back the backing paper and press each cross into place on the front of the notebook. This is where your tweezers can help you to handle the sticky paper. You can position them before peeling off the backing paper or just position as you go!
Keep going until all the crosses are firmly pressed into place.
2. Mudcloth Notebook
Collect up all the cut-offs from the crosses and cut out longer, more rectangular shapes as well. Peel the backs off the pieces and work row by row to build up the pattern.
3. Note Notebook
On the back of the contact paper, draw out your letters. Remember to draw them out in reverse as you are flipping the paper over to see the gold, shiny side. Cut them out and press into place.