By General Crafts Contributor Amy, from the Blog “Mod Podge Rocks!”
I like to keep little notebooks around to capture inspiration when it strikes me. I like to use notebooks like the one above for magazine clippings, color chips, photos or any other ideas. This one fits neatly in my purse, and I can pop it out to record what I see for future art projects. If you don’t have an inspiration journal, make one! You’ll find they come very much in handy when you have an inspiration block.
To make, you’ll need to gather these supplies:
Paper Flowers – 2 coordinating
Buttons – 7 coordinating
Scissors or Craft Knife
Take a sheet of cardstock and cut it to the size that will fit the front of your notebook.
Coat the front cover of your notebook with a medium layer of Mod Podge – don’t forget to cover the corners well since they are the first to dry.
Smooth your cardstock down thoroughly onto the front cover of your notebook. You can see that I use a brayer – your hands work too, but just make sure to smooth *really* well. Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
After the cover has dried, you are now ready to coat the top. Give it a medium layer of Mod Podge and completely cover the front (don’t Mod Podge the inside or your pages will stick). Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
Start adding embellishments with Mod Podge to the front of your notebook. I always do the Mod Podge items first. Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes between layers.
Lately I’ve really been enjoying clear stamps, so I used one to make an embellishment for the front of my notebook. You’ll see that I have a small bird stamp and used brown ink on the Ice Dust cardstock. Cut out and Mod Podge to the front of the notebook. I also cut out my name from the Sun Coral cardstock with letter punches and then Mod Podged those to the front (please return to me!).
Use your craft glue to adhere coordinating buttons, paper flowers and whatever other embellishments float your boat. Allow your notebook to dry for 24 hours before using. Also consider sealing with a clear acrylic sealer if your notebook is going to touch other items in your bag or purse. Mod Podge can get sticky, especially when hot and you want to make sure it doesn’t get damaged.