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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Tweak It Inspiration Thursday - Busy Being Jennifer

Hi Everyone.  
Welcome back for another Tweak It Inspiration Thursday.

The day we feature someone from the last weeks 
 I love this day - I love featuring one of you and I love the inspiration you all give me to make great projects for my own home. Always so much fun seeing what you all do. Today I am featuring a very talented and creative lady - Jennifer from ...

Jennifer writes a wonderful craft and DIY blog.  She has been doing a series called 101 Handmade Days that's chock full of the most wonderful creations.  You definitely want to go check this out because she has some mighty awesome handmade projects she has been doing.  This week Jennifer shared her DIY Notebook Cover she made with fabric with us.  Isn't it so pretty - and the monogram is perfect. I fell in love with it and knew I wanted to make my plain compositon books pretty also.

Vintage, Paint and more... busy being Jennifer

I love to journal and I love to use those inexpensive composition notebooks for it but I hate how ugly plain they are.  I like my journals to be pretty so when I saw Jennifer's notebook I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do to my own.  However, Jennifer sewed hers and me being quite lazy 
hmmm I mean unmotivated needed it to be a no sew project.  So I decided to try using hot glue instead (my go to fix it for everything).
I decided to use drop cloth fabric to make mine. (Simply because I use it for everything and I had the perfect scrap already cut for it.)  But first I lined the inside cover with some pretty scrapbook paper I had as I didn't care for all the printing on it.  You will need to follow Jennifer's instructions for the dimensions and how to cut. I didn't line mine with the batting like Jennifer did but you could yours.

Vintage, Paint and more... covering the inside cover with pretty scrapbook paper

Next came the part where I used the glue gun. I ran a bead of glue along the fabric close to the edge of the book at all four corners.

Vintage, Paint and more... gluing the fabric for the cover

Then I just folded each side over and pressed it down to make the flap for the book cover to fit into - see picture below. Now this cover can be left on or removed to use on the next book.

Vintage, Paint and more... gluing the cover for the notebook

Because this fabric has such a vintage feel and mostly because I didn't want to sew the edge - I decided to fray the edge of the fabric.  This is done simply by pulling the threads and unraveling them. Here's how it looks up close.

Vintage, Paint and more... fraying the fabric after it's glued

Next came the embellishments.  I wanted it to have a very vintage look.  I had a piece of burlap French themed ribbon left over from another project.  (Perfect size - I didn't even have to cut it.) I glued it to the front. I actually could have left it at this because I think it's really pretty but I can never leave well enough alone.  

Vintage, Paint and more... adding embellishments to a drop cloth covered notebook

So I decided to add some brown paper and book page feathers I had made and a fabric flower I had made. (I already had these in my stash as I do some of them ahead for when I do need them for a quick project.) I love how it turned out - now my plain journals can be very pretty.  Just think how many different ways you can embellish them.  So much fun and this only took me about 30 minutes to do.

Vintage, Paint and more - finished drop cloth fabric notebook with paper feathers and fabric flower

Thank you Jennifer for your great project and for inspiring me to make my own.  I am beyond thrilled with it.  I know there are more in my future for sure.
Be sure to stop by Jennifer's blog and check out all those wonderful and creative projects she is doing - guaranteed you will be inspired by something you see there.  I am definitely checking out a few more of her projects.
What do you think - want to dress up some of those plain boring books yourself?  I  love to hear from you so tell me about it in the comments below.  
Be sure to link your projects up at the 
Share It One More Time party this Saturday and you may become a Tweak It Inspiration Thursday feature.
Until next time - have fun creating something you love.

I will be linking this post to the parties found on the Where I Party page.  Be sure to go by and visit them - you'll find so much inspiration and creativeness at each one.

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