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How to Cover a Notebook (with a Map!)

Did you get some free swag you want to make over? Learn how to decorate a notebook cover with a map and Mod Podge – it’s really easy to do!

Skills Required: Beginner. It helps to have experience with Mod Podge to avoid wrinkles. Thicker paper is easier to decoupage than thinner paper, so just keep that in mind.

Decorate a Notebook Cover with a Map

Hi all! This is Heidi from Hands Occupied. A favorite promo item companies like to give out are notebooks with their logos on them. I think you might know these type of products as S.W.A.G. (stuff we all get).

The thing is, you might not necessarily want to walk around rocking one brand’s logo for the months (or years) you’re filling that notebook with ideas and to do lists.

A great way to makeover a notebook is with paper – this easy craft will take your free notebook from blah to looking like it was found at a boutique in 10 minutes flat! Learn how to cover a notebook below.

Decorate a Notebook

Gather These Supplies

  • Papers in Maps/Sheet Music/Book Print
  • Mod Podge Paper (Gloss or Matte works too)
  • Scissors
  • Sponge brush
  • Spare notebook

Directions

Cut your map paper to the size of your notebook’s cover.

Notebook, paper cut to fit the cover, and a pair of scissors

Apply Mod Podge Paper to the front of the notebook with a sponge brush.

Applying Mod Podge Paper to a notebook with a foam brush

Carefully line up your map paper on your notebook, and smooth it into place.

Smoothing paper down onto a notebook after it's been Mod Podged

Apply another layer of Mod Podge over the outside of the notebook. Don’t lay it on too thick – Mod Podge paper dries nicely, but since you’re working with paper, you don’t want it getting wrinkly.

Applying Mod Podge to a notebook cover with a foam brush

When it’s wet, you’ll be able to see through the paper a little bit. If you’re a worried about a particularly bold logo showing through, you might want to use two sheets of Mod Podge Podgeable paper.

The packs come in with two copies of each design, so you can easily line up the maps to fully cover your notebook if you need to.

Cover a notebook

Now that you know how to decorate a notebook cover, you can take over the world! Or at least, you can Mod Podge it.

Yield: 1 notebook

How to Cover a Notebook

Decorate a Notebook Cover with a Map

Learn how to decorate a notebook cover with paper and Mod Podge! This is such an easy way to customize.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Papers in Maps/Sheet Music/Book Print
  • Mod Podge
  • Spare notebook

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Sponge brush

Instructions

  1. Cut your paper to the size of your notebook's cover.
  2. Apply Mod Podge to the front of the notebook with a sponge brush.
  3. Carefully line up the paper on your notebook, and smooth it into place. Let dry 15 - 20 minutes.
  4. Apply another layer of Mod Podge over the outside of the notebook. Let dry to finish.

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Maria

Wednesday 25th of June 2014

I do not understand why you had to put another layer of Mod Podge over the outside of the notebook?...

LisaM6

Wednesday 11th of June 2014

What a great makeover. Wish I would have seen this before I made a travel book for a friend. I will have to check the store next time I get out. :)

merlanne

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

Just love this idea. Great!

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