Hi, everyone! Andrea Ockey Parr here!
As an English major and lit nerd, I am obsessed with notebooks!
One of my favorite craft projects is to revamp the covers of store-bought notebooks to give as gifts to friends and family. By revamping just the cover, they don't take forever to make and yet they're still perfectly personalized and unique.
I used the stencils as templates for cutting out shapes and I used the same technique on both notebooks.
I started the process by sticking Washi Tape on a cookbook page, then smearing paint onto the page.
Next I traced leaves from the Closed Leaves stencil onto some text paper using a black Sharpie.
I cut out the leaves and decided to use the negative space "frames" of the leaves
as a decorative element for my notebook cover.
I glued the leaf frames onto my Washi Tape background
and outlined the leaf shape on the inside with a black Sharpie.
Next I punched up the color by smearing on some acrylic paint
in shades of blue, pink, green, yellow and orange.
I cut my collage to fit on the front of a notebook.
The last step was to sew my collage onto the notebook cover using a sewing machine.
I also added some additional stitched lines to the background and added black around the edges.
Here's a close-up of the cover:
I did the second notebook the same way by tracing and cutting
scallop-shapes from the Mix and Match Scalloped Edges stencil.
I glued these onto the edge of my cover and added some paper scraps
and a "color" sentiment I found in an old book.
To see more of Andrea's work, visit her blog.