I love good stationery. And nothing brightens up a stressfuld ay of work like a great notebook or planner. Making (and crossing items off) my to-do list just feels that much better. When I saw this Jonathan Saunders for Smythson Diary , I was of course, smitten. But in addition to being sold out, it’s so expensive! I immediately set out to recreate my own. I ended up making mine in neon pink, but the sky is truly the limit in terms of color combinations… get creative and have fun with it!
- Canvas or Leather Notebook
- 12-24 inches 3/8” Grosgrain Ribbon
- Painter’s Tape
- White Acrylic Paint
- Acrylic (or Fabric) Paint in the colors of your choice.
- Black Square Rhinestone
- Tacky Glue
Begin by laying out a strip of painter’s tape across the length of the notebook. This is going to be your black stripe.
Cover the entire notebook in a coat of white acrylic paint… (this is important as it neutralizes the black and will allow your colors to shine through.)
Paint on the first color…
And then the second color…
Allow to dry completely, and then peel off your painters tape.
Voila! Your notebook will look like this.
Fill in any white spaces with paint…
Glue on your ribbon, as shown below.
And then apply your rhinestone! You are finished… enjoy your snazzy new notebook.
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