DIY: Woodgrain Valentine Notebooks

February 13, 2014

Woodgrain Valentine Notebooks |  Damask Love Blog Woodgrain Valentine Notebooks |  Damask Love BlogRemember when you were a kid and bought the cereal just for the prize. I pretty much do the exact same thing now…but with stamps. I will purchase an entire stamp set, just for one image or sentiment. That’s how it went down with this set from My Favorite Things Stamps. I have no self control when it comes to clever little sentiments.

With that stamp set in my hot little hand, I went to town on a simple notebook valentine that you can definitely recreate yourself.

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{1} MFTStamps Woodgrain Background Stamp (I prefer to mount my large background stamps onto the Fiskars Stamp Press. It’s great for even pressure and an even, crisp impression).

{2} Text-weight paper cut to 4.25″ x 5.5″

{3} MFT Stamps Wood You Be Mine Stamp Set

{4} Kraft cardstock cut to 5.5″ x 11″

{5} Heart Die 

{6} Red Glitter paper which you can create yourself using the technique in this post.

{7} Foam brush

{8} Bookbinding glue or Elmer’s Glue

{9} Martha Stewart scoring tool (not pictured)

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{1} Score kraft cardstock at 4.25″ and 4.5″

{2} Add ink of your choice to the woodgrain background stamp

{3} Stamp onto kraft cardstock – you’ll need to do this twice in order to cover the piece of cardstock in the woodgrain pattern.

{4} Fold cardstock as shown then insert text weight paper to see how many sheets are necessary to fill the spine of the cardstock.

{5} At this point, you’ll want to bind your text weight paper with glue. Click below to take a look at a video that gives you clear details on how this is done.

Bookbinding-University-Note

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{5} While your perfect binding is drying, you can complete the cover. Trim away any excess cardstock that extends beyond the edge of the book cover and die cut a heart from the front of the book cover.

{6} Adhere the glitter cardstock behind the heart cut out.

Woodgrain Valentine Notebooks |  Damask Love Blog

Woodgrain Valentine Notebooks |  Damask Love BlogAs cute as these are for Valentine’s Day, you may not have all the tools on hand for tomorrow’s big day. Truth is, I think this design can work year round! You may want to switch out the tag but other than that, glitter and woodgrain are perfect for every occasion.

Come back tomorrow because I’ve got something that you do NOT want to miss!

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8 thoughts on “Woodgrain Valentine Notebooks”

  1. Amber, I’ve totally did the same thing with a recent stamp purchase so I’m in the church choir! I reference that bookbinding series often and it’s such a relief to know I’m doing things right since you’ve taken the guess work out of it. The notebook is quite lovely. Happy pre-Valentine’s Day!

  2. I am writing two books. One is the story of my mother’s life and the other is a children’s book using my g-grandchildren as the characters in this fantasy. Until now, I did not full understan how to make a nice book myself to give to each child. Now, thanks to your generosity sharing the information, I have confidence I will realize my dream. Thank you!

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