The Top 8 Techniques for Personalizing Your Next Notebook Cover

The front of my "junk journal" notebook. Bev G's TheRaggedEdge A routine part of the start of the school year for me involved covering my notebooks and textbooks. Because we weren't allowed to add our own flair to the process, we were stuck using boring wallpaper samples from the 1970s. I

This is the cover of my junk journal notebook.

The front of my "junk journal" notebook.

Bev G's TheRaggedEdge

A routine part of the start of the school year for me involved covering my notebooks and textbooks. Because we weren't allowed to add our own flair to the process, we were stuck using boring wallpaper samples from the 1970s. I didn't want to see another wallpaper sample after covering 12 composition books and who knows how many textbooks.

More effort is being made to add visual appeal to the covers of composition books. But it's a lot of fun to make your own cover, and you can personalize it however you like. You can go for a simple, ornate, trendy, flowery, or bohemian cover design.

Listed below are eight suggestions to get you thinking.

1. Tape

There are currently countless tape options available. Some products worth trying are listed below.

  • Dressing up your walls with Duck Tape It's possible to locate alternatives that are metallic and shiny, or those that are printed all over.
  • Decorative Washi Tape Washi tape's wide variety of thicknesses makes it a versatile tool for customizing your cover with unique designs and textures. The process is forgiving because you can simply take it off without damaging your cover.
  • Used in conjunction with masking tape and a stamp. Masking tape allows you to create your own custom designs without the use of stamps.

2. Paper

The cover of a notebook can be easily customized with scrapbook paper. You have the option of going all out with intricate patterns or keeping things simple with a brown paper bag.

Paper can be used for book covers in one of two ways:

  • Apply glue and squeeze any trapped air out of the cavity. When the glue has dried, trim away the excess paper.
  • Prepare a paper size that is 2 inches wider than the open book. Put a decorative bow on the book by folding the flaps over the covers like a present. Use tape or a dab of glue to secure them in place.
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3. Collage

Pick up a magazine and snip out some fascinating articles and pictures. Mount them creatively on your cover with glue. No magazine is required, either. try:

  • Notices from purchased tickets
  • Examples of Handwriting
  • Family photographs that have been scanned
  • Online content that has been printed

Add your own personal touch to the collage by drawing or writing on it. Put on some goofy headgear, like a mustache and a hat, and some striped stockings. Transform humans into fairies or butterflies by giving them wings and antennae. It's easy to use Mod Podge as a collage adhesive. To finish sealing and protecting the cover, a single coat can be applied on top.

Compound No. 4: Acrylic Paint

Covers are well-served by acrylic paint. Use a credit card you no longer use to scrape off stubborn paint. It's possible that you'll use your fingers to create a swirl of two or more colors. Try painting the cover a solid color, like pillar-box red, letting it dry, and then pressing a hand that has been painted black onto the cover. If you want a textured paint job, you can also use sand.

This is a book cover decorated with acrylic paint, tissue, newsprint, and mesh.

Acrylic paint, tissue paper, newspaper, and mesh were used to embellish this book cover.

5-Tissue Paper

If you want to protect your notebook with tissue paper, try this:

  • Spread out your book with the cover up.
  • Attach a sheet of tissue paper using glue; it should be bigger than the book.
  • Wrinkle the paper by squishing it slightly to add texture.
  • Hold off on tearing off the excess until it dries.
  • You can now choose to either paint it or leave it unaltered.

Stickers, Number Six

Embellishing a composition book with stickers is a quick and easy project. Seal them with Mod Podge or another sealer to keep them from wearing out over time. You'll have a hard time deciding between all the amazing stickers out there. For a unified appearance, I recommend sticking to a single theme.

Use stamps in tandem with any of the other suggestions. A stamp and ink pad are required. Covers painted in a single color and then stamped with seahorses, butterflies, or whatever else the artist desires make for a nice effect. Next, using paint or markers, fill in the stamp. Even more fancifully, you could embellish them with tiny stick-on gemstones.

This is an altered composition book.

A composition book with some changes

The Hon. Rita H. Cobbs

Add Decorations to Your Book

Personalize your book and give it the finishing touches by gluing on embellishments like small keys, beads, buttons, ribbon, fibers, sequins, brass cogs, or anything else you can find. Enjoy yourself by letting your mind wander and using your imagination.

Inquiry and Reply

Can acrylic paint be used to decorate a notebook's black spine without the paint eventually wearing off from repeated opening and closing?

A lot depends on the paint's pliability and the volume of use expected of the book. My own creations have turned out just fine. You can always slop on some more paint if it starts to fade.

For my daughter, I decided to decorate a composition book. Felt, wall decals, a paper cutout of a colored pencil drawing, acrylic paint, sticker gems, and construction paper were all used. How do I preserve it with a spray?

The spray varnish, Gel medium, or Mod Podge are my recommendations. Any of those will repair the attachments and keep the cover in place. This is fantastic!

© 2012 Bev G

Are You an Ingenious One?

On 11/9/2015, murtaza said:

Nice site What a fantastic resource for all of my projects; I am truly awed.

The following text was contributed by Bev G. of Wales, United Kingdom on January 25, 2013:

Thank you so much for your help, Sharye11 and amberlybites! Yes, I also think that covers can be both motivational and intimate. x

Jan.25, 2013, Amberlybites from Texas:

Since I was very young, collage has been one of my favorite art forms. My heart is so full because of the things you make. The best journals have covers that reflect their owners' personalities and serve as a source of inspiration.

On January 25, 2013, Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma wrote:

Superb Concepts Students and writers alike can benefit from the aesthetic appeal of a nice notebook. Were these bound as journals, the covers could take on a specific theme or even be designed specifically for the reader. Voting up

why it's important that you learn this --- - January 7th, 2013:

awshome :3

U.S. citizen Erica Gourley on August 27, 2012 :

I've finally found what I've been seeking; many thanks

Author Bev G. from Wales, United Kingdom, on 12 August 2012 :

Thank you for asking, wiccanfemme! If you enjoy HubPages, I invite you to create some hubs of your own. Having a blast doing this

A comment by wiccanfemme463 on 12 August 2012:

I was going to spend money on books, but then I found your HubPages and realized I could learn from you for nothing. Please accept my gratitude for enlightening me.

May 24, 2012, Bev G. from Wales, United Kingdom writes:

Please accept my gratitude, Angela_Michelle:-)

The following was written by American Angela Michelle Schultz on May 24, 2012:

Highly original The pictures of the finished books are fantastic. They rock my world :)

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