Decoupaged Notebook – How To

Decoupaged NotebookI’ve come to a point in my life where I have understood, not all notebooks are created equally. Although there is a vast variety of products out there, sometimes we don’t have every iteration of the notebook under the sun to choose from.

I was browsing through my local Target’s clearance aisle and saw these notebooks. While they were affordable (especially after the clearance price), they weren’t the prettiest or most inspiring notebooks I have ever seen.


  • Pretty paper to cover your notebook. (All three designs shown are from Paper Source)
  • Notebooks
  • Mod Podge (I’m using the glossy one, but matte works well too)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sponge brush
  • Pencil


Step 1. Trace an outline of the front cover of the notebook onto the back of your pretty paper. I went with the macaron pattern. Then, trace a second outline of the notebook making it a half inch bigger on all four sides. This will give you ample paper to fold over into the inside of the notebook for extra support and durability. Cut along the larger outline.

Step 2. [Only if you want to cover the back as well…] Duplicate the piece of paper just cut out to use for the back side of the notebook. You should now have two pieces of pretty paper slightly larger than the front and back covers of your notebook.

decoupaged-notebook-step-2 Step 3. Line up your first sheet of paper on the front of your notebook. Once you are satisfied with its placement, spread a thin layer of Mod Podge with the foam brush and glue the sheet to the notebook.

decoupaged-notebook-step-3Step 4. Mod Podge the three flaps to the notebook. You may need to cut off some excess paper at this point. I would recommend cutting off little by little. If you cut off too much, you will end up with an uncovered corner, which will look ugly.

decoupaged-notebook-step-4Step 5. Once the glue layer has dried, add a thin coat (or two) of Mod Podge to the front, edges, and inside flaps of the notebook.

decoupaged-notebook-step-5That’s it! Repeat the same process for the back cover of the book if you would like that to be covered. I decided to keep mine as is.

Not only are these simple and inexpensive to make, they make really awesome customized gifts. How will you be using your decoupaged notebook?

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