I’ve gotta admit. We’ve got tons of random notebooks lying around, many of them empty, some with only 2-3 pages filled. This is a super simple way to jazz up these plain janes and transform them into absolutely instagram-worthy marble notebooks. (Great for those complimentary notebooks which covers you don’t fancy so much! Shh!)
- Copper Spray Paint (I’m using Montana Gold in Copperchrome for this tutorial)
- Masking tape
- Marble Contact Paper (available on the OOH webstore)
This tutorial is demostrated on an A6 notebook but would work with notebooks on any size. For an A6 notebook, an A4 sized marble paper would be more than sufficient. It might be helpful to trim the edges down to leave just an inch outside the notebook.
Removing just one end of the marble contact paper, slowly and carefully stick one side of the cover down. Smooth out any air bubbles with a ruler or a credit card.
Continue to stick the marble paper on the cover, moving along the spine. Ensure that the notebook is closed.
You should have something like this when you’re done sticking. There will be odd creased bits at the spine. Don’t worry about that for now!
Using a scissors, trim the 4 edges (slightly less than 180degrees) of the contact paper. Also, trim a rectangle out of the creased spine area, using the edges of the spine as a guide. It should look something like what’s shown in this image.
Fold the excess marble contact paper inwards and flatten in the front and back covers of your notebook. I chose to stick the longest side first before overlapping it with the top and bottom pieces. Remember to do the back as well!
Using masking tape (and some rough paper if you like!), cover up majority of the notebook, leaving just about 1cm of the spine exposed.
Remember to tape up the top and bottom as well to avoid staining the paper of the notebook! Proceed to spray the spine of your notebook with your desired colour in a well ventilated place. I chose copper for this project.
I left it to dry for 24 hours. This was what it looked like after spraying.
Carefully tear away the masking tape and paper to reveal a nice clean edge at the spine of the notebook. Your marble notebook with a delightful copper spine is now complete!
We hope you liked this simple project and that you’ll see how easy it is to marble-fy everything! Grab your marble contact paper from our webstore here! We’re working on bringing in more exciting craft supplies that you can learn how to use and make stuff with in our future tutorials! Let us know what you think! x