How do I decorate my new folder?

by Melinda

Susan's altered notebook

Susan's altered notebook

I need help on how to personalise the cover of a binder.

I'm not going to use this binder for school but I want it I
be my "personal" binder. What should I put on it? I'm
interested in fashion.


It's always fun to personalise your own notebooks and
folders. I made one of these recently (pictured above) and I really like using it.

If the cover of your binder is made of something that will
take glue or double sided tape, you could choose a
scrapbook paper that appeals to you and cover the folder
(see my example). Then you can add ribbon or lace borders,
photos (try matting them first with plain scrapbook paper),
add gems, glitter, punched shapes, beads, brads, paper flowers, charms and other pretties. You might want to cover the finished book with plastic, acetate, or some other sealant like gesso or even tampin' Dimensional to protect it, though I chose not to do that on my sample this time.

To make a fashion statement or if you would like a grungier look, cover your book with faux leather fabric, hessian or another fabric you like. Use inks to add colour to the edges and make it look grungier. Add buttons, leather thongs, shoelaces etc to decorate the cover.

You can use fabric paint to dress up the cover with
patterns and designs, once it is covered in fabric. You can
also stamp on fabric with Craft ink.

It is your book - go ahead and experiment with what you
personally like. I would try some techniques out first
before adding them to your binder. Then you will know what
it is going to look like and can arrange and rearrange your
elements before committing them to the glue pot :)

Have fun with it! I hope you will show me a picture of it
when you are done!


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Oct 23, 2012
by: Aayush kumar


Oct 28, 2010
Thanks, Jill :)
by: Susan

Thanks for your nice comment about my notebook, Jill. Here's how I got the holes in the paper, though I suspect showing you on video would probably be better than the written instructions:

1. I chose a notebook with a spiral binding that allowed me to take the book apart, and took it apart :)

2. I covered the front side of the cover completely with paper and allowed enough paper to overhang the edges so I could later fold them and tape them down inside the cover.

3. I used a paper piercer to find the holes and pierced through them, then used the end of the bone folder to push the paper through the hole and make it the right shape

4. Then I folded the flaps over and adhered them inside the cover, and I worked from the inside of the cover to pierce the paper through the holes again and form the shape with the tip of my bone folder

It also helped to place double sided tape over the holes themselves BEFORE I adhered the paper to the cover, so that when I pierced and shaped the spine holes, the paper had some adhesive to help it stick to the inside of the holes.

Then I took a slim file and neatened up any rough edges of paper in each of the holes.

This took a little time but not that long :) and the result was worth it for me.

I hope that helps!


Oct 28, 2010
spiral note books
by: Gill

Love the idea but how do you punch the holes in the paper for the spiral notebook? Gill

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