For the month of November, I’m participating in a sort of sister project to NaNoWriMo – NoBoPro (aka the Notebook Project). The goal is to fill a notebook cover to cover in 30 days. I bought a three-pack of Moleskine soft cover notebooks I found on sale at Target.
I browsed Pinterest for ideas of how to decorate the cover of my new notebook. That’s where I found the idea – I could embroider the cover! It was thin enough I could easily poke holes through the material and I loved the way it looked in the pictures I’d saved.
I decided for my notebook, I would embroider a maple leaf. I found a picture of an origami maple leaf online and printed it out. I marked out what lines and “joints” I wanted, covered the back of the image with pencil lead, and then placed it on the cover and traced over the lines I had marked.
Then it was a simple matter of poking holes with my needle and embroidering the design.
I liked the outcome of this experiment so much that I decided I’d do the same thing with the other two notebooks in the pack. My fiancé requested a notebook with a moon stitched on it. I decided to make a gift out of the third notebook as well, with chevrons and the initial of a friend.
Second verse, same as the first! I found a picture of an origami moon and traced it out just like I did with the maple leaf. Same thing for the chevron pattern. I sketched out the “B” myself.
These were super easy projects – in total, all three notebooks took me maybe two hours. Its hard to tell if I don’t physically keep track of time spent – kitten cuddles take precedence over crafting, after all!
I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for similar notebooks on sale in the future!