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DIY Tutorial: Marble Notebook with Copper Spine

February 16, 2016

OOH - Marble Notebook w Copper Spine Tutorial

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!)

OOH - Marble Notebook w Copper Spine Materials

Materials needed:-

  • Copper Spray Paint (I’m using Montana Gold in Copperchrome for this tutorial)
  • Notebooks
  • Masking tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors/Penknife
  • Marble Contact Paper (available on the OOH webstore)

OOH - Marble Notebook w Copper Spine Cut to Size

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.

OOH - Marble Notebook w Copper Spine Stick 1 Side

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.

OOH - Marble Notebook w Copper Spine Smooth Out Contact Paper

Continue to stick the marble paper on the cover, moving along the spine. Ensure that the notebook is closed.

OOH - Marble Notebook w Copper Spine Full Stuck On

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!

OOH - Marble Notebook w Copper Spine Trim Edges

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.

OOH - Marble Notebook w Copper Spine Fold In Edges

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!

OOH - Marble Notebook w Copper Spine Mask

Using masking tape (and some rough paper if you like!), cover up majority of the notebook, leaving just about 1cm of the spine exposed.

OOH - Marble Notebook w Copper Spine Mask Paper

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.

OOH - Marble Notebook w Copper Spine Spray Copper

I left it to dry for 24 hours. This was what it looked like after spraying.

OOH - Marble Notebook w Copper Spine Remove Tape

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!

OOH - Marble Notebook w Copper Spine Final edit

 

OOH - Marble Notebook w Copper Spine Final 2

 

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

 

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11 Comments

  • Reply Chrissa - Physical Kitchness February 16, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Whaaa?!?!? This is so chic! I love this and would have never thought of doing it. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply Ros C. February 20, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you! Please share it with us if you try it!

  • Reply Denay DeGuzman February 16, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    What a sweet project! I love this creative Marble Notebook tutorial. Thanks for this sprinkle of inspiration. ;-)

    • Reply Ros C. February 20, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks for your kind words! :)

  • Reply Bethany February 16, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    This is a beautiful project :) very nicely done!

    • Reply Ros C. February 20, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you! :)

  • Reply Vi Dotter February 17, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Great tutorial! You did such an awesome job with these images. In my dreams is where I am this organized! I am so in love with contact paper right now. I am doing our rental’s counter tops and it is so much fun and easy!!

    • Reply Ros C. February 20, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      Totally agree! Contact paper is such a great way to jazz things up without the commitment! :P

  • Reply Tamara February 17, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Such a simple, brilliant hack!

    • Reply Ros C. February 20, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Nikki-ann February 20, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    What a great idea! I haven’t done this kind of thing since I was in school (covering our own exersice books), but this looks like great fun and I’ve always got notebooks (can’t have too many, in my opinion!).

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