Friday, October 17, 2014

Embellished Notebook - Dena Designs

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope your day is off to a great start and that you have fun plans for the weekend.  Me?  The usual, lots of time with family and friends.

Today I want to share with you a project I made a bit ago for Darice and Dena Designs.  I really had a great time playing with the Dena Designs papers, and couldn't resist creating this fun little notebook and pencil set for my teens, so way better than the $5 sets they sell at Justice.  hee hee  Here is the complete post from Darice.


Begin by choosing your papers.  For this DIY notebook I chose Peace, Sunshine Circles, Fuschia and the Black Emboss from the Haute Girls Pack by Dena.  But feel free to mix and match to create your favorite combinations.  I cut each of the papers to size and then used Mod Podge to adhere them to the composition book.
Here are the sizes I used:
  • Peace – 6.5 x 4″
  • Sunsine Circles 6.5 x 6″
  • Fuscia 1 x 9 5/8″
  • Black Emboss 6.5 x 1″
  • Bling on a Roll – 5.5″
Embellished-DIY-notebook-Darice-2I chose Mod Podge to adhere the paper as not only would it hold my paper firmly, but would add an extra layer of protection to your DIY notebook. With Mod Podge, it is best to use thin layers and let it dry thoroughly before adding more.  Doing so will help keep your papers from bubbling.
When the first layer was dry, I punched the Black Scallop paper with the border punch and adhered it over the seam.
Embellished-DIY-notebook-Darice-4Add the Fuschia paper and bling on a roll rhinestones next.  This layer of Fuschia paper will help cover any imperfections in your cuts.
Embellished-DIY-notebook-Darice-5Finally, I cut a few of the card pieces to add to the top of my DIY notebook, something to make it a little more special.
Embellished-DIY-notebook-Darice-6And to make the DIY notebook even more special, why not take a few minutes to make a coordinating pencil with washi tape?  The neon color washi tape is so fun with the Haute Girls papers and right on trend for the back to school season.
To begin, make sure your washi tape has a straight edge and line that edge up with the metal part of the eraser.
Embellished-DIY-notebook-Darice-7Tear washi tape to match the edge of the painted part of the pencil.  It takes two strips of washi tape to cover the pencil.  To sharpen the pencil, simple peel back the washi tape a bit.
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