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~~ Bloghop: notebook-tutorial ~~

Posted by Ania On Sunday, March 21, 2010

Hi, and welcome to the bloghop courtesy of Rebekah :) I couldn't possibly say no for another chance to share a tutorial when she asked, so here you go :)

I’m gonna share a quick & easy tutorial using plain papers (notebook-papers is fine), a pretty transparency (I used Hambly here), ribbon and a sewing machine.


Just take a few sheets (I used 5) of plain A4 or lettersize papers, or a few sheets from your notebook, whatever.


Split them in two (which should make the papers A5-sized I think, not sure what it'd be called for you Americans though) notebook5

Fold using a bonefolder... notebook6

Stack like three or five or even more - depending on how big you want your notebook to be - together.


Measure your transparency - remember to make room for the "back" (what's the technical term here, anyone? Spine? Hm. I think so.) by measuringt he transparency against the paperstack. Cut the measured transparency (you can also just save the cutting-part of the transparency until youre done sewing in your papers & sure where the edges will be sort of. Me? I just wing stuff :P)


I folded the transparency prior to sewing the papers on. Not really needed. notebook9

Sew the stacks on one by one (stack). Hard to explain in words but I hope you understand what I mean re where to sew them on. Just ask if not sure. Or wing it, as I would have done if it was me :P notebook10

All the stacks are sewed on. notebook11

Grab a ribbon & a pen (here: ribbon from Prima), measure. You want enough for a loop for your pen (which you'll just sew on the ribbon) and enough ribbon to be able to tie it around the book. I like the look when I can tie one end around the book before tying it sort of, so the back ribbon is longer than the front one.


Fabri-Tac glue! Or any other very strong glue - glue the pen-end to the spine.


Hold it there for a bit until it's really adhered.


Reinforce the ribbons by sewing a part of it to the transparency. I used zig-zag-seams here. notebook15

Both front and back needs to be sewn on the transparency. Unless you wanna trust the adhesive only. I didn't wanna, but feel free to be brave & different :p


Found a kraft sticker & another of the new Hambly rub-ons (on a square of transparency) as added embellishments for the front. When I figure out who this will be for, I'll add his or her (prob a "her") name to this square w/small letter-stickers methinks. notebook17

Tadah! :)

The next person to visit on the bloghop is Shimelle, and I heard Rebekah has give-aways and stuff throughout the bloghop so feel free to check it out! :) Thanks Rebekah for wanting me to be a part of your celebration & congrats w/your birthday! :)

Ps. Am still in Oslo, attending my 2nd day of a photography workshop. Note to self: when attending a workshop that is about using external flash and intending to drag both your own camera, flash + the workcamera + 2 workflashes, please please please remember to at least BRING ALONG THE CORDLESS FLASH-TRIGGER WITH YOU! It might help to start packing earlier than at 2am after getting home from a get-together when having to get up again at 5.30am to catch the plane. Just sayin'.
Luckily I did bring along the cordless trigger for the work-camera, and as all the attendees but one other is using Canon we're focusing on it, so no real need for me to use my Nikon. Still..would have been nice to be able to practise some on my own camera it's just wasted weight in my backpack, grrr!

26 intriguing feedbacks to '~~ Bloghop: notebook-tutorial ~~'

  1. Rebekah Said,'> 8:05 AM

    It's fabulous Ania, thank you. I need to get much braver with the sewing machine so I think I'll be having a go at this one!! x


  2. Deanne Said,'> 8:14 AM

    This is soooo beautiful :) Thanks for sharing xx


  3. Anonymous Said,'> 8:57 AM

    Love this idea! Thanks for the inspiration!


  4. misteejay Said,'> 9:06 AM

    This is lovely - I have some fab acitate sheets that I've wondered what to do with.

    Toni :o)


  5. Zarah Said,'> 9:33 AM

    LOVE that!!


  6. Lizzie Said,'> 10:14 AM

    A really clever idea! Thank you! I really must get my sewing machine up these stairs and into my studio...


  7. Tracie Said,'> 10:23 AM

    this is fab, I had a sewing machine for christmas so it's always useful to find new and exciting things to do with it, thank you!!


  8. elina Said,'> 11:00 AM

    wow this is a fantastic idea, so easy and sooo beautiful!!!
    thanx for sharing


  9. Wenche Said,'> 11:24 AM

    wow, for et funn denne bloggen er. Her er det virkelig masse flott inspirasjon å hente. Tusen takk for at du deler.


  10. Anna Said,'> 1:38 PM

    Great quick and easy present idea, thanks for sharing.


  11. Jimjams Said,'> 3:10 PM

    Cool - another way to make a notebook AND use my sewing machine. Lovely clear tutorial and how reassuring to see that your desk is as messy as mine!


  12.'> 4:53 PM

    Very fun notebook!


  13. Tammy Said,'> 6:06 PM

    Wow----That is a great the tutorial!


  14. Jenny Said,'> 10:56 PM

    I cant wait to have a go at this. It's gorgeous. x


  15.'> 11:05 PM

    Stunning! bookmarking :-)
    pleased to see someone else has a desk as messy as mine!!!!


  16. Haberdawoman Said,'> 2:19 AM

    Thanks for sharing this cool way of making a notebook.
    This will make a great little party gift at our daughter's nex Bday party :)


  17. Wati Basri Said,'> 6:02 AM

    thanks for one!


  18. Jingle Said,'> 7:10 PM

    This is amazing! Gorgeous!


  19. Anonymous Said,'> 10:51 PM

    I'm Monica to Milan Italy
    Wonderful your tutorial
    I did an article on my blog about
    if you want to come and see me


  20. Natalie Jane Said,'> 11:09 PM

    Wow. You are amazing :) and it's good to see another messy desk!!

    I love this and i will try it....when i have tidied :D

    thanks for sharing
    Lv Nat xx


  21. gudrun Said,'> 12:55 AM

    Hei Ania.
    Så kul note-book :)
    Du skulle sendt meg en melding når du var i Oslo!!!
    Hadde vært kjempegøy å se deg igjen.
    Skal du på flere foto-kurs kanskje?

    ha en fin uke


  22. kl Said,'> 8:34 PM

    adore this ania!
    i need to go make one for myself
    thanks for then tut ;)


  23. Rachel M Said,'> 2:28 PM

    That's lovely, thanks for sharing! :)


  24.'> 1:34 PM

    Beautiful book. Thanks for sharing.


  25. Stii0u Said,'> 7:44 PM

    Hello ! :)
    It's the first time that I see your blog, yours photographs and your Scrap' and I LOVE !! It's Amazing, beautiful ... non more of beautiful !
    Thanks for sharing !

    NB: Sorry, for my bad English, but, I'm French ... x(
    Estelle (Stii0u)
    (I doesn't keep my blog up to date sorry... )


  26.'> 2:16 PM

    beautiful!!!! Thank you very much!
    I've linked in my blog:


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