How do I decorate my new folder?
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!