Hello Beautiful Traveler's Notebook with Michelle

Hi there, crafty friends! Michelle here, back with another project with the “Hello Beautiful!” kit from The Fairytale Club!

For this project, it all started with a drab travelers notebook I purchased at my local craft store. I picked it up during a recent sale, and while I wasn’t sure what I would use it for, it was such a steal, I couldn’t pass it up! So today, I’ll be showing you how I turned transformed the bland notebook with this amazing kit!

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Once I got the notebook home, I realized that the inside cover was simply a sheet of black paper, attached to the faux leather cover with a bit of adhesive. I probably could have removed the paper lining, but it would have been messy. So instead, I decided to cover the inside with the white and black diamond-patterned Kindness paper! I liked the bold print, and I think black goes with just about everything.

So for this part of the project, I turned the paper over to the side I wasn’t using, and I laid the notebook over it. I then traced the notebook onto the paper and cut it out.

After I cut it out, I then had to cut out a section in the middle for the elastics which would hold the contents of the notebook. And finally, on the inside cover on the right-hand side, I carefully used an X-acto knife to cut a hole for the elastic knot, which is used to secure the elastic that closes the notebook.

Once I attached the paper to the notebook, then it was time to decorate! I decided against putting pockets on the inside cover because the notebook came with a pocket folder already, so that was good enough for what I needed. So this gave me the opportunity to use the adorable planner divider with the deer and bunny duo! They are just so cute! I topped the page with a couple strips of various papers in the kit, and “once upon a time” from the “Fairytales” paper.

On the right, you will see the beginning stages of the pocket folder that was provided in the traveler's notebook. It was made out of kraft paper, so I thought I would cover it with much cuter paper from The Fairytale Club! I am very happy with how it turned out. I decided to cover it with the geometric pink patterned “Happy” paper, and other die cuts and pieces from other pages in the kit.

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So once the outside of the folder was decorated, it was time to decorate the inside!

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Again, I love how this one turned out with the various patterns and die cuts. I used the blue butterfly paper to line the inside of the pockets, and I covered them with the green geometric paper.

And I know I keep saying I love how this turned out, but I think my favorite part of this notebook overhaul is the simple, but adorable, back to this pocket notebook. I knew that I couldn’t leave it just plain, so I grabbed the deer die cut, and I cut off the bottom section of the “Fairytales” paper that had an excerpt from the beautiful writing. I love that it said, “be the hero or heroine of your own life”. Because of the amount of size I had, I trimmed it down. And I think this is just wonderful!

Finally, I covered the insert that came with this travelers notebook. It was also plain and made of kraft paper. So I simply covered it with the “Hello Beautiful” paper! I had been waiting to use this page in particular because it is so beautiful! This was pretty simple. I just cut the paper down to size, and I attached the Snow White die cut with a mounting square, so really set it apart.

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And that’s how this project came together! Like I said, when I purchased this notebook, I didn’t have any plans in mind. However, now that it’s all decked out, and has so many nature and forest-inspired elements, I’m thinking I might use this to plan an upcoming camping trip! Until next time, happy crafting!