Thursday, June 19, 2014


Hey Beetleshack lovers!  Nicole here - you might have seen me around the traps but Em's invited me over today to share a bit of DIY fun with you..  If you're anything like me you've got piles of 'beautiful' paper and cardboard (aka rubbish) you just can't throw away.. You're definitely going to do something amazing with it.. one day??!!  This little notebook is one of my favourite super easy solutions to making good use of those bits and pieces.  Gift it proudly to your earth conscious friend; jot down your shopping list in it; or stack it on your bookshelf and gaze with pride at it every now and then..!  (I do all of the above)

What you need:
  • thin cardboard box (we use: cereal box)
  • collection of scrap paper (we use: unused pages from the end of a kids school book; old house plans; used envelopes)
  • scissors
  • sewing machine

How to:
  1. PAGES: Cut and fold each piece of paper to your desired size until you have approximately 20 pieces / 40 pages (we've chosen A4 size and folded in half)
  2. COVER: Unfold and flatten cardboard for your notebook cover - select which face will be the front; fold over and cut to size using your prepared notebook pages as a guide
  3. Decorate your front cover as you like (we use: a scrap of the school book paper, stitched with contrasting thread)
  4. CONSTRUCTION: Place flat pile of prepared notebook paper on top of prepared cover, ensuring the centre fold lines up exactly
  5. Straight stitch along the centre fold carefully (start slowly as the needle will jam if pages are too thick - if so you may need to remove some)


  1. What a clever DIY Nicole! I may have to try this!
    Just visited your website. Love your illustration work! :) Maria. x

    1. Thanks Maria I'm glad! Nice to hear you popped over to my site too - I appreciate the feedback : )

  2. I love it! A lot of fun and I think I am now going to have to make some of them! Thanks for sharing.



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