DIY Washi Tape Notebook Craft Project

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DIY Washi Tape Notebooks - Ideas for Using Washi Tape
There have been some really unique and fun DIY washi tape projects floating around the web recently so I thought I’d give a try at creating some of my own! My first project was to design some notebooks – which are perfect for back to school to use as agenda books for homework and projects, sketches and drawings, mini-diaries, inspiration and idea books, and even photo books for your snapshots.
DIY Washi Tape Notebook Craft Project
I started with some adorable little handmade blank books from Jotters and Journals and some washi tape from Downtown Tape. I also used some scrapbooking papers, Mod Podge, and scrapbook embellishments.
DIY Washi Tape Family Photo Album Craft Project
I made a cute mini photo album with my first handmade blank book and some washi tape. The floral, dot and stripe designs on this album are creating by just sticking washi tape to the notebook in a design that I liked. This is super simple to do. Just stick like you would regular tape and trim off the excess with scissors! Once I covered the front of the notebook, I also put a strip of tape down the spine of the book for a more finished look. I then sprayed the book with a clear acrylic sealer to seal it and added a metal label embellishment.
DIY Decoupage Blank Book and Washi Tape Journal
For my second book I decoupaged a patterned paper to the cover of the book with Mod Podge and then placed washi tape along the spine of the book. Next, I sprayed with a clear acrylic sealer. I then added a metal camera and film scrapbook embellishment for the final touch. Both of these blank books were so easy to create. You can customize almost any type of book cover with washi tape, scrapbooking papers and Mod Podge. Use these little books for notes, recipes, homework assignments, photo albums, even journals! They are perfect to give the kids for back to school or even tucking into stockings during the holiday as stocking stuffers!
DIY Washi Tape Life Journal
Don’t just limit this project to yourself though. Make it a family affair! These blank books are perfect as rainy day projects for you AND the kids! This project is easy and clean up is a snap. Pictured above is the washi tape journal my son made.
Have you tried a washi tape project yet?

DIY Handmade Decoupaged Sketch Book

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I’ve been wanting to buy a sketchbook/notebook to take with me on my journeys for some time. Yesterday proved the perfect opportunity to do so as I had to pass the mall that houses A.C. Moore on my way home. Unfortunately for me I spent money on more than just a journal. Fortunately for you that means some new upcoming crafty DIY projects.
Easy to Craft DIY Decoupaged Journal
My first DIY craft project of course is for creating a super easy to make DIY decoupaged journal. Using a sketch book is optional of course. You can do this with school notebooks or journals or even genuine books you want to dress up.
Modge Podge and Other Nifty Decoupage Crafting Supplies
For my journal I purchased a 4×6 spiral bound Sketch book with scored pages for easy removal if I so desire. Some pretty cool Smash tape, a few spools of ribbon, some paper flowers, matte Mod Podge, a foam brush, and giant 12×12 pad of 180 scrapbook papers that was $10 at half price.
Choose the papers you like for your journal cover
Start by choosing a decorative scrapbook paper that you like for the cover of your journal. Then cut it to fit the height of your sketch book. Trim it so it’s a bit smaller than the width which will allow you to add some decorative trim.
Apply mod podge to the elements for your journal cover
Next apply Mod Podge to the cover of the book with a foam brush. Press your paper onto the cover and smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles. Then apply more Mod Podge over the top of the journal going over the new paper you just placed on it. Next, cut and place ribbons along the side of the decorative paper you are using for the cover. Glue them down with Mod Podge as you did the paper, then go back over the ribbons and the paper with another coat of Mod Podge. (And don’t worry. The Mod Podge will dry clear.)
Decorate your sketch book with a decorative paper flower
Now give your sketch book an extra nice, decorative touch and add a decorative flower. Simply apply the flower in the same way you did the ribbons and paper, then brush back over the top with an additional coat of Mod Podge.
Spray an acrylic sealer or keep going and decorate the back!
Once the Mod Podge has dried completely, spray over the cover with a clear, acrylic sealer to protect your decorative cover.
Journal decorated with scrapbook papers and decorative tape
But you’re only finished if you want to be! There’s still the back of the sketch book to decorate if you so choose. For the back of my journal I used a different paper and lined the edges this time, not with ribbon, but with decorative Smash tape. You can, however, also use washi tape.
Washi Tape for Craft Projects
Speaking of washi tape, the washi tape I ordered from Downtown Tape arrived today along with several free tags for dressing up. They were just $1.99 a roll with $2.95 flat shipping. I plan to put these to good use in a future projects – one of which will be decorating blank, handmade pocket notebooks from Jotters and Journals.
Now, does anyone have suggestions on what I should fill my newly crafted journal up with?