Last year I learned how to alter little notebooks from my online scrappy friend, Kristin, at http://craftasticlife.blogspot.com/ - They were so fun and easy that I made 5 for Christmas presents! When I saw the Destination collection, I knew I had to make one for my oldest daughter. She is going to France this summer, and I thought it would be nice to keep one to journal about her trip.
I started with a $1 notebook...I loved this one because it has a nice hard cover and will travel well:
Open it up and loosen the wires:
Take the covers off:
Then I measured...this was just under 5 1/2". So I picked my cover paper first, I cut it 5 1/2x5 1/2, glued it to the cover, then I used and X-Acto pen to trim it.
Now pick you paper for your inside cover. I cut it the same size, BUT DID NOT GLUE IT DOWN YET. I did put the cover over it and trimmed it with the X-Acto again so that it would be the right size before I do the next step. I cut a strip for a pocket. I made it a little wider and longer than what the pocket was going to be. I folded it to fit around the bottom inside, then I cut the corners off:
Then flip over and glue down:
Then, add any embellishments you like (you can do this before you put the covers back on, but I like to work with how it's going to look when finished when I add the embellies). I didn't want this one too bulky, so that during travel things wouldn't fall off. I heavily inked/chalked the edges...this is great to cover any flaws, and I think gives it a nice look.
From Georgana: Thank you so much Tammy for sharing your talent with us this week - we can't wait to try these projects out on our own.