To make a washi covered notebook you need -
- an exercise book (I bought a cheap multi-pack at the supermarket)
- assorted washi tape - I bought mine at this great Etsy shop, Crafty Japan.
- brown paper
- scissors, a ruler and a pencil
- clear contact (vinyl) book covering (optional)
Do you have to cover your kids' school books at the start of every school year? If yes, you'll find this a breeze! First, use your exercise book as a guide to cut the brown paper to size to cover your book. Make sure you leave enough around the edges so it folds over comfortably.
To create the diagonal design like mine, use your ruler and pencil to draw a guide line for your first piece of washi tape. Stick your first piece across this line.
Use this first piece as a guide and stick your remaining tape down in the pattern you desire.
Trim around the edges to remove the over hanging tape and turn the paper over. Lay the book open and trim corners of paper to prepare to cover the book.
Starting with the sides, fold in and secure with another strip of washi tape. Once the sides are secure, fold in at the top and bottom of the book by carefully lifting the pages at the centre crease and gently slide the paper under and secure with washi tape.
Once you've done that, your book will look awesome! You can finish the job there if you would like to, but I like to cover the book with a layer of clear contact / vinyl to protect my pretty washi paper and give the book an extra long life!
Use the same technique to trim and cover the book with the contact. Carefully peel the backing paper off once trimmed, lay the book down and smooth any bubbles carefully with your fingers.
You now have a beautiful notebook!
If you make one I'd love to see it - please share a photo over at the Sew Delicious flickr pool!