DIY Embellished Notebook

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I know that you have heard a lot about Blissdom in blogland lately.  Well, I had the privilege of attending Blissdom for the second year in a row.

Last year, I roomed with my sister, Cyndi.  But this year, my sister and I had a new roomie!  Richella, from Imparting Grace.

Imparting Grace

She has been my online friend for the past two years, and I was so excited to finally meet her in person.  My sister and I decided to make her a little “roomie goody bag”.

Since you take a lot of notes in the conferences at Blissdom, I decided to make Richella a personalized notebook.

I found this great little notebook and pen set at Marshall’s.  They were perfect because they were exactly the colors of Richella’s blog!


I printed the logo of Richella’s blog onto computer paper and used Modge Podge to adhere it to the front of the notebook.


After it dried a little, I added a coat of Modge Podge over the top of the paper.


I bought three different kinds of ribbon from Hobby Lobby (50% off) in the same colors as the notebook.  They were a dollar a piece.


Then I just cut the ribbon in small pieces and attached them to every third ring on the notebook.  Easy-peasy!


After I added all of the ribbons, I could tell that the notebook needed something else….some bling!!

Right, ladies?


So I blinged out Richella’s logo with these great self-sticking Gemstones from Hobby Lobby.  They can be found in the scrapbooking section.  They were not half off, but with my 40% off coupon, I got them for $1.80.  (Sorry for the blurry picture…oops!)


The best part is that they were self-sticking. And believe me, those babies are stuck on there GOOD!


Ooooh-la-la…Don’t the gemstones just make it?  I really loved the way it turned out.


And Richella said she got a ton of compliments on it at Blissdom.  (I hope she wasn’t just being nice!)  :)

I love it so much, I am thinking about making one for myself with my blog logo!


I got my notebook at Marshall’s for about $4.00, but this would be a great project to do with a dollar store notebook.  It would only cost about $6.00 total to make a personalized gift for someone!


I think this would be a great teacher gift.  Maybe with a monogram on it?  Hmmm…

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  1. What a fun project. I love that you made her a personalized gift to take – so thoughtful of you. The bling definitely finishes off a great project.

  2. You have no idea how proud I am to be the owner of this wonderful notebook! Just so your readers will know, the notebook IS just as cute in person as it looks in the photos. Better than that, though, it is also very useful. It has held up very well to being toted around and generally abused by being in my possession. (My notebooks have to stand up to a LOT of wear!) So this darling project is more than just darling–it’s darling AND useful. That makes it an awesome gift. Thank you again! :)

  3. I love the $1 dollar notebooks in Michael’s and this is really cute way to upscale one! Love the gems and the little ribbons to top it off! Great idea, thanks for sharing it with us!

  4. Oh, I know she loved it! It’s so cute! Tracey did a little goody bag for me at Relevant, and it made me feel so special. I still have my tissues and notebook with the letter “H” on them. People laugh at me when I’m at church and start crying (a regular occurrence – HA!) and pull out monogrammed tissues! : )

  5. Hey Traci, I know she was surprised and loved the notebook, but not as surprised as I was when I met you in Lowes today! I still cannot get over that! All this time I thought you lived 5 hours away when you problably live less than 5 min. away! So good to meet you! Somehow I’m gonna have to do a post about that! Gail

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