I stopped in a Michael's craft store today and found the most darling scrapbook paper. A shabby patchwork in the prettiest of colors. The paper is of heavier weight card stock and includes some actual stitching on it as part of the design. It was a bit more expensive than most of the papers, but still not too expensive.
Immediately, I knew what I could do with it.
I purchased just two pieces of the scrapbook paper and when I returned home, I used it to decorate a simple three ring notebook binder. The type that has the plastic pockets/slipcovers on the front, back and spine of the binder.
Trimming the paper to fit within the plastic slipcovers, I instantly transformed a plain simple white binder into something much prettier.
This would be a simple, inexpensive and fun idea to use for kids who are getting ready to go back to school and who may be required to keep a binder notebook as part of their school supplies. They could decorate them in any style they choose.
Digging through my scraps of paper I already had at home, I found the perfect paper to use in covering the spine of the notebook. Here again, I just trimmed it to size and slid it inside the plastic pocket.
A view of the front, back and side binder all in one.........
A fun little project for you to try if you so desire. Imagine a whole shelf filled with pretty "shabbified" notebook binders like these for your office or craft rooms. A perfect way to file away papers you may need or use on a regular basis. Just add some plastic sheet protectors inside to protect the papers and you're ready to go. This would even be cute used in the kitchen to file recipe's that you may have torn from magazines.