Jazzing up notebooks

So many times I have heard people say “but I can’t do craft” or “I am not crafty” when asked if they would like to join our P&C’s Craft Club.
This paper craft idea is extremely cost effective and very easy to make. You don’t have to have previous craft knowledge in order to make them.


  • plain spiral notebooks (I used Spirax no. 561 which has 96 pages – approx 14.8cm deep x 8.8cm wide). You can use a bigger one if you wish.
  • patterned scrapbooking paper
  • assorted embellishments to coordinate with paper. I used rhinestones, paper butterflies, paper flowers and pearls.
  • mini hole punch or eyelet setter
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • double sided tape
  • scissors and/or paper trimmer
  • skewer (optional)
  • dimensional foam tape

Before the notebook was covered:


  1. Measure the cover of your notebook and cut a piece of patterned paper the same size.
  2. Measure how far from the edge the spirals are and rule a line on the paper at this distance. On the notebooks I used it was 0.4cm
  3. Place the paper up against the spirals and mark where they are.
  4. Punch holes on these marks with a hole punch or eyelet setter.
  5. Using double side tape, tape the edges of the paper, making sure that you place tape on either side of the holes. Do not cover the holes otherwise you have to punch them again. You may have to cut the double sided tape in half to fit along the spiral edge.
  6. Peel the backing paper off the tape on the spiral edge.
  7. Cut slits in line with the middle of the holes all the way along the paper.
  8. Peel off the rest of the backing paper on the double sided tape and line up the paper with the cover and stick it down.
  9. Using scissors or a skewer, stick down each of the slits.
  10. Trim off the edges and corners if necessary.
  11. Decorate with embellishments as desired.