How to Decorate a Journal Cover

Learn how to decorate a journal cover of any kind with pretty paper die cuts and stickers! This is a great way to personalize any kind of notebook or journal and make it uniquely yours.

I have always loved notebooks and pretty paper pads. I’ve shared SO many easy Notebook Cover Ideas with Tutorials here on my blog, they have been so popular with all of you too! Come Back to School Crafting time, I cannot resist buying myself new journals and I always love to decorate a journal cover to make it special to me.

How to decorate a journal cover

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How to decorate a journal cover

Easy step by step showing how to decorate a journal cover

Total Time: 30 minutes

Using your scissors, cut small pieces of different patterned papers. Mix and match patterns to create a quirky design. Overlap the papers and adhere to the journal cover.altering-a-book-cover-with-paper

Using a die-cut machine, cut out doily shapes or delicate cut-outs from solid colored cardstocks. Alternately, you can also just use pre-purchased colorful paper doilies like these or other paper die cuts. doily-die-cuts

Using the scissors cut out bits from the doilies. Cut half circles to add more interest. Adhere these on top of the patterned papers using liquid glue. paper-notebook-cover-diy

Adhere a large bold sticker on top of the papers + doilies to draw attention to. This will become the main focus of the book cover. I love this typewriter sticker I had in my stash. Look into your supplies, and choose something that will stand out. It need not be a sticker, you can cut out an element from a scrapbook paper or magazine too. typewriter-sticker

Finish off the book cover with some smaller floral stickers scattered around the cover!How-to-decorate-a-journal-cover-with-paper

Using a black pen, add a title and any other quotes/journaling onto the book cover. I used this pretty journal to write down my 30 days of Happiness quotes and added that as my title. happiness-quote-journal

decorate journal cover with Alphabets

Here is another example where I use Lawn Fawn Dies – Cole’s ABCs paper die cuts to decorate journal cover

DIY typography notebooks

I really enjoyed using paper die cuts for these projects! You might also like this Floral Die Cut Card, DIY Paper Village and Halloween Treat Bags!

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Hi I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.

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