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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!

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.

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 map paper – this easy map craft will take your free notebook from blah to looking like it was found at a boutique in 10 minutes flat!

Decorate a Notebook


  • Mod Podge Podgeable Papers in Maps/Sheet Music/Book Print
  • Mod Podge Paper
  • Scissors
  • Sponge brush
  • Spare notebook


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


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


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

Decorate a Notebook Cover with a Map and Mod Podge

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.


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.


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

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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?...


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. :)


Tuesday 10th of June 2014

Just love this idea. Great!