Fabric Covered Notebook for BlogPodium

So yesterday on Instagram I innocently posted a photo of a last minute notebook I made for taking notes at BlogPodium Conference this weekend. I made the notebook because there is just no way in hell I am able to type notes on our tablet. I am an old school note taker.

Well the super talented Becky from Sketchy Styles wanted to know what I did. So Becky, this one is for you. Ask and you shall receive. By the way, Thank You Danielle for introducing me to Becky. She is awesome! And talk about font love, I am obsessed with her website font! That is aside from her amazing sketches and DIY projects of course.

Just for the record, I have almost no process shots of this because I totally wasn’t expecting to do a tutorial on it. Bad blogger I know. Always take a damn picture.

Ok. Ready?

I used my favourite IKEA ANNBETH fabric and a $1 composition notebook. I measured out the amount of fabric I’d need to go around it and cut to size.

making a fabric covered notebook (2)

Then I sprayed the front of the fabric with my I love it but I hate it Elmer’s Adhesive Glue.

I love it because it helped me with projects like this. I hate it because it ruined projects like this epic Pinterest fail. There is no way this is a temporary glue. As a permanent glue it does way better.

Watch it prove me wrong on Saturday if my DIY business cards for the Conference fall apart. Knock on wood. Literally – they’re wood backed ones.

elmer's adhesive

Then I just placed the notebook over the fabric and wrapped it around like you would a book cover and smoothed it out.

I took the inside pieces of fabric and used my glue gun to adhere them to the notebook and trimmed the corners.

diy notebook

For the middle, I just snipped a straight line and split the fabric around the paper.

diy notebook 2

Then I repeated the process with the smaller notebook, only with the smaller one I added white card stock over the pattern of the notebook as it was showing through the fabric.

making a fabric covered notebook

And that is it.

So easy.

DIY fabric covered notebook - northstory

IKEA ANNBETH fabric covered notebook

Fabric Covered notebook - IKEA fabric

Looking forward to meeting you Becky and so many other insanely talented blogging friends that I have been chatting with for ages now. Thank you for upping the anticipation on Twitter!

Most of all Thank You Jen for undertaking the event to get everyone together. It’s my first one so I can’t wait to experience and blog about it after.

BlogPodium 2013

The only question left is, what the fresh hell do I wear? Can someone please talk me out of wearing motorcycle boots.


  • Reply
    September 19, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Such a pretty note book!!! I didn’t get a new note book, but I did get a new cheetah print tote for Saturday (love the gap 40% sales!)

    Looking forward to the event and meeting you 🙂

    Jamie (Marijke’s friend)

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    September 19, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Wait! You mean to say I can conjure such awesome posts just by asking?

    Can I get a million dollars?

    Or shiny manageable hair?

    Or a puppy????

    Seriously, these are downright lovely and I want one!

    Looking forward to meeting you on Saturday 🙂


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    September 19, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I am a huge fan of covered notebooks. When those composition notebooks go on sale (the little ones for 10 cents each, the big ones 3 for a dollar) I can’t resist buying a few dollars worth.
    I covered a little one with maps and keep it in the car for mileage and car related notes. I glued a ribbon on the spine before I attached the cover for a book mark. I also use covered ponytail bands as elastic wraps for the little ones. An inside cover hides the raw ends of the attached bands. Stitch a button on the front, and a ponytail holder will keep it closed.
    Great tutorial! I’m sure your notebook will be filled with all kinds of great ideas in a few days!

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    Pillows A-La-Mode
    September 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Love it! 🙂

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    September 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Funny how blog conferences are so opposite of the actual experience of blogging… everyone SHOULD be wearing sweatpants and ratty t-shirts. (Unless you blog in your finest couture?)

    Sounds like you’re looking forward to it!!

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    September 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Wear motorcycle boots!!

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    September 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I love those composition notebooks but I love them even more now that you’ve shown how easy it is to personalise them – and I have a ton of fabric scraps lying around that are just crying out for a project like this!

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    September 19, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I’ve done this with scrapbooking paper, but never fabric. Gonna have to give it a try.

    Can’t wait to hear all about the conference. It’s sure to be informative. 🙂

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    Time With Thea
    September 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Wish I lived close to Toronto! Great use of the fabric! I recognize it from your awesome bulletin board post! ~Thea

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    Nike O. (@NikeOnile)
    September 20, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Ohhh… I’m totally loving that! I’ll be there on Sat so I will be sure to find you and say hello! 🙂

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    The Friday Five: It’s Blog Podium Time!
    September 20, 2013 at 7:04 am

    […] why stop at one, right?  If you think these are as adorable as I do, go see how she made them right here.  You’ll be amazed at how easy she makes it all look.  Oh and if you love crafts and love […]

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    now at home mom
    September 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    very pretty Alex! 🙂 I’m sure you will have a great time there! wish you a beautiful day & to meet new friends! 🙂

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    September 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    These are so cute! I have about a hundred never-been-opened notebooks laying about the house (those 10 for $1 sales get me too!) and this is a fantastic way to make them look beautiful.

    Have fun at Blog Podium.. I wish I had the money to travel for conferences! I am going to Alt For Everyone in just a few days, since the internet doesn’t require gas money. 😉

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    September 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    So pretty and I’m sort of surprised you don’t have a “31 days of Ikea fabric + beads” series, you would knock that one out of the park. In Canadian terms I guess that would be… out of the hockey rink?

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    Sue Schlabach 129twigandvine
    September 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I’m sure you looked smashing in your Write Epic Shit t-shirt!!! Going to instagram to hunt you down and follow.

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