Google+ House Revivals: Little Notebook Make Over

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Little Notebook Make Over

Recently, I was looking for a little notebook to organize some materials samples and dimensions for the beach house project.  Honestly, when I'm carrying client materials around they are often stapled inside a file folder along with project notes, but for my own little project, I wanted something a bit more special, and to be able to slip it inside a handbag.

This little file folder notebook was a thrift store find.  I liked the size, and didn't mind the pink elastic and the pink file organizer inside, but the juvenile pattern wasn't doing it for me.  Plus, it had price tag adhesive stuck to the cover and was kind of dinged up.

Recently, I embellished some clip boards in various sizes for taking notes on job sites, and for viewing and presenting materials, so I thought it would be fun to make over the little notebook to coordinate with the clipboards.  I haven't actually blogged about the clipboards, yet, so I will only share that little glimpse for now.

This project turned out to be pretty quick and painless, unless you count the almost two episodes of Outer Limits it took to finish....  You can find notebooks similar to this at discount stores and stationers and they often show up at thrift stores.  Start by gently pulling the notebook and the accordion  file from the cover.

I love that these notebooks even have a place for a pen or pencil!

Next, I just covered the notebook cover with vintage book paper, added a little upholstery webbing, and glued the notebook and accordion folder back into place.  So easy!

You can see it's the perfect way to carry small materials samples and sketches, and to keep your notes about your project handy. 

Play around with adding embellishments, if you'd like.

Although I really like how this more dimensional embellishment looks, I ended up going with a little vintage crocheted flower and a flat pink button, so it would tuck more compactly into a purse.  The flower was applied using Mod Podge.

 Which do you prefer?

Plain and more compact?  Or a little fancier and more dimensional?   Wouldn't a vintage brooch be amazing on one of these?


  1. I like fancier and dimensional! Too cute!

  2. Wow it turned out so great. Love it!!! I love dimensional. but sometimes plain and compact is easier to store..

  3. I like the fancier one, but I'd probably opt for the plainer one for the same reasons you did. I can't wait to see your clip board post!

  4. I like the plain and compact look - very clever!

  5. The clipboards totally caught my eye! Luuuuuuuv those!!!! And what a great idea for carrying around your samples and ideas...I like the compact version.

  6. Sew clever you are. And it's so attractive. I must admit I use those plastic portfolios that snap closed for project swatches and the like. My handbags are all pretty big so things fit -- I can see through them.

    Thanks for stopping by. I love the colors on your wallpaper here -- same as our majolica! Jane

  7. It looks great, very creative, thanks for sharing:)

  8. How great! Wonderful idea. Stopping by from

  9. It looks had an awesome idea!


  10. Very cute! Fabulous makeover!
    Thanks for linking this up too.

  11. This is a great repurpose. I love the webbing.

  12. Delightful! I really love the combination of the rustic material and book pages for the cover.

  13. I like it with the vintage crocheted flower! :)
    very pretty!

  14. Love the redo! I like all the texture used :)
    I just started a "scrapbook sundays" party over at my blog, born-again crafter, and would love for you to join me some time!

  15. I can't get over how amazing this note book is! Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week. I wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this project tomorrow!

  16. That is an adorable little notebook. Love your clipboards as well! They are really fun to cover - I like the look of your boards - very cool clips!

  17. What a great craft project. I like your version of the notebook better. LoL! Found you on the Sew Woodsy Blog Hop. :o)

  18. Very Pretty. Thank you for sharing with air your laundry Friday!



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