Covering a Dollar Tree Note Pad Journal

I used Dollar Tree products:
Journal/Note Pad
Sticker Notes
Mini Gel Pens–if you can’t find these at your local Dollar Tree, try stores that sell party supplies, like Party City
Large Paper Clips

The papers I used are from Graphic 45’s Couture Collection that is now discontinued. You can often find individual sheets on ebay or Here’s a link to ones I found available on ebay…make sure you ask for combined shipping if you buy more than one sheet.

Before I forget, in the beginning of the video I mentioned making a closure for the journal, but somewhere along the way, I forgot to make one…Sorry.

I started by cutting out one of the smaller images for the front of my journal with a saying by Coco Chanel.  This is later glued to the front cover.

I measured the journal with a T ruler…It was 3 3/4″ across, and the binding is roughly 1/2″ and the back is 3 3/4″….Add all of these measurements and you need to cut your paper to 8″ long…Then scoring is done at 3 3/4 and 4 1/4″ on the 8″ length. The height is 6 3/4″ and in the end, I needed to trim the height a little, as I wanted to make sure it wasn’t too short. Too long is much better than too short…

I wanted my stripes to be vertical, so I cut the height first, so I wouldn’t forget, and end up having my lines going the wrong way.

I used carpet tape that’s 2″ wide and laid it on the edge of the book, then cut it off at the bottom, and laid another length on the spine of the book, and a final strip on the back edge of the journal. I added Tombow Mono Aqua glue for the spaces that were without carpet tape. The wet glue allows you to have some wiggle room so when you lay your designer paper on it, you can hopefully pick the paper back up before it is permanently adhered.

I rounded the corners of the designer paper with my Kadomaru Pro corner rounder from Amazon.

I took a piece of the designer paper that was 3 3/4″ wide and 7 1/4″ tall and put it in the paper trimmer with the top right corner and the bottom left corner in the cut line, then cut it, so it ends up being two triangles for the front and back pockets. I glued one to the inside right side of the journal and the other on the inside left side of the journal.

I took another of the “cards” that comes in the set, and cut it out and glued the left side of it to the inside front cover. I glued two of the small post it note pads under the paper we put on the inside cover. I had to rip the pads in half, as they were too thick to put inside the cover.

I glued a thin ribbon into the back cover to act as a bookmark and then glued another piece of cardstock to the same cover, and glued this piece at the top and bottom so I can slide paper clips under it.

I glued ribbon to the top of larger paper clips and glued a butterfly to the top of another with a hot glue gun.

I bought the pen holder on Aliexpress and here’s the link to it.

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