Big Octopus Notebook (and tips for creating covers)!

Hello, friends! Anna here today and I want to share with you my new notebook- Mr.Octopus! Do you remember my first mini with this guy? So I crafted its elder brother! ūüôā I love, that this Octopus is a¬†programmer, this theme is very close to many people I know.


I stamped and colored four octopuses for this notebook. I made a cover of blue paper with stars, also added few layers and put one figure of octopus on the typewriter, so it looks like this guy types, haha ūüôā


I love, when inside pages aren’t empty, so I always add some funny things, to surprise the owner. So, I adhered a card with great words on the first page.


Also I made two dividers.


Some of pages have small, pretty things!


And the second divider, I really like it! The phrase is perfect with this super-busy Octopus!



And now, a few images and instructions sharing how to make this notebook:



Tutorial for the cover: you’ll need two pieces of 2 mm chipboard, two 12×12 sheets of paper for the cover and one¬†12×12 sheet for the¬†flyleaf (title page). Also, you will need glue and a brush.

Note: I made this notebook sized on A5. My inner paper is 148 x 210 mm (5.75 x 8.25 inches). So my cover is 5 mm more (just over about 1/8 inch). I took a 15.5 x 21.5 cm (6 x 8.5 inches) size for chipboard.

  1. ¬†From two similar sheets of paper, cut two pieces 17.5×23.5 cm (6.75 x 9.25 inches).¬†Fold them at 1 cm (3/8 inches) from each edge. Glue your chipboard on the center of these paper pieces using your favorite strong adhesive.
  2. Cut all eight corners of the paper, leaving about 3-4 mm (approximately 1/8 inch) from the corner of the chipboard.
  3. Use the white glue for gluing the long sides (you can use Elmer’s white glue or¬†US Artquest MATTE Perfect Paper Adhesive).
  4. Make it with all four long sides (don’t touch the short sides!).
  5. Put the white glue inside “pockets” on the corners. Paper becomes more elastic when the glue is on it.
  6. Squeeze the resulting pockets together so that the glue holds, as shown on the photo.
  7. Glue short sides the same way as the long ones. Also cut two 15 x 21 cm (6 x 8.25 inches) pieces of paper for two flyleaf (title page) and glue them in the center of the covers.
  8. Then assemble your notebook in any way you like. I used Zutter Bind-It-All 2.0 to collect notebook on wire.


SSS Supplies:

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4 Responses to Big Octopus Notebook (and tips for creating covers)!

  1. Lizzie T says:

    You guys have great tutorials! Love this one! Such a cute idea!

  2. Hey Anna!! I love this notebook!! I have to make one using my new elephant stamp set that just arrived. I will start with the mini book first then this one. You are the best!!

  3. Such an awesome project!

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