I have this thing with notebooks. I love them, I use them and I have a ton of them. I recently found a particular size/cover combination that I am in LOVE with. Just about every other time I go to the store I snap one up because some day they won’t be there any more.
If you think I’m fibbing you, I have three of these suckers on my desk RIGHT NOW. One is just about dead. I think there are 5 pages left, one is brand new and the other is my DIY Duck Tape® pocket notebook from this very tutorial.
I always have one on my desk that keeps me up to speed with my daily or weekly to do list. I have deadlines for sponsored content and writing for other blogs, I have my project list and also little lists like songs I’d think would go together for a killer playlist.
The other notebook has a very specific purpose. It holds my shopping list for future projects. Now this isn’t just a “grab milk” type of a situation. I have my lists broken into store, if there is a discount available (and at which store) how many I need, potential replacement items if what I want can’t be found or isn’t in stock! I also have a lis for things I haven’t been able to find anywhere just in case I happen to run across one of these things. Then this sucker goes with me into town and I use it to do all of my shopping.
To the top I clip on any coupons I have, like for free paint – wahoo! and then my receipts since my purchases are tax deductable. But sometimes I lose things. And that sucks. I mean, an alligator clip can only do so much. So I decided to bust out the neon Duck Tape® and make a pocket so that I’m both super organized AND rocking spring’s hottest colors from the Duck Tape® line. Want to see how I did it? First check out the before and then let’s get to getting.
For this project you will need:
- Duck Tape® in your choice of colors
- Hard cover notebook
- Cardstock (any color)
- Big button
- Pony tail holder
- Glitter Duck Tape® (optional)
- Hot glue gun
- Paper cutter (optional)
First take your notebook and tape off the shape you want your pocket to take. I went with angled and edgy!
Next cut a piece of carstock to fit inside of the cover and the line you created as your edge.
Go over your cardstock with tape in a pattern as you please. I went with simple, diagonal stripes with just a bit of space between to make for great lines! Trim up the excess tape from the edges.
Turn your pocket flap over and place your hair tie in the middle.
Use tape to go over the ponytail to secure. I went over mine with three rows of tape overlapped with about a quarter of an inch of space and mine is super sturdy.
Now secure your pocket onto your notebook by taping the edges down.
Turn to the inside and trim the tape up so that it is nice and neat and fold it inward for good hold.
Now if you have a big ol’ button that will match in any way, shape or form, I say skip the tape and move on a few pics down. But if your button doesn’t match, make it match! I used Glitter Duck Tape® and the process is just as it seems it would be!
Take your hot glue gun and add a button or two to the back side of your big button. We need some height so we can get the ponytail holder under the button easily. Allow to cool and fully set. Then glue down where you want it placed on the front of the notebook and WAIT until the glue is completely hardened or you’ll be desperately trying to figure out how to get that pony tail holder unstuck. Not that I’d know. Much.
Now my front cover holds my coupons for my visit and my receipts from the plaes I just went.
And they’re neatly stowed away and super secure. No losing these babies, no way, no how!
Want to see what fantastic patterns and colors you can rock out your own Duck Tape® Pocket Notebook with? It just so happens that you can find Duck Tape here and on Pinterest, on Facebook and on Twitter for what’s hot now and lots of project ideas and inspiration!
What color will YOUR notebook be sporting? And what kind of spring projects can you think to make with Duck Tape®?