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Geometric Notebook Cover DIY using your own Instagram images - Il Magpie Miscellanea Di S
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I splurged a bit on my planner this year and treated myself to the Blogtacular/Lollipop Life Planner which has huge flexibility in it’s layout to plan how I wanted to. One of the best things about it was that it comes with a plain grey board cover. The possibilities were endless. I always like to customise my planners. and this year I came up with  this Geometric Notebook Cover DIY that I wanted to share with you.

Geometric Notebook Cover DIY using your own Instagram images - Il Magpie Miscellanea Di S
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After a great deal of mulling things over I decided that I wanted something bright, colourful, inspiring and personal. Anyone who follows me on Instagram knows that my insta feed is pretty colourful and I decided I want to use my photos from the last year to inspire the next. I also needed the cover to last the whole year without looking tatty. I’m thrilled with the Geometric Notebook Cover DIY that I ended up with and think it will do the trick beautifully.

Geometric Notebook Cover DIY using your own Instagram images - Il Magpie Miscellanea Di S
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Geometric Notebook Cover DIY:

What You Will Need:

Geometric Notebook Cover DIY using your own Instagram images - Il Magpie Miscellanea Di S
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Step One:

Choose your photos. Instagram pictures work well because they are square to start with. Print them out onto thin cardboard. I found that two per A4 sheet worked out with about the correct proportions. I needed 21 images per cover. So to do the front and the back I needed 42 images.

I had an Inkjet Printer so I used that. If you have a colour laser printer you can skip Step Two.

Geometric Notebook Cover DIY using your own Instagram images - Il Magpie Miscellanea Di S
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Step Two:

Spray ALL of your images with 3-4 coats of transparent spray sealant. It is best to do this in the open air. I used my washing line and some pegs but make sure to check the wind direction first as you don’t want a face full!

You are doing this so that the ink doesn’t run when you coat it with Mod Podge.  Doing this meant I got away with using the Inkjet printer instead of paying for colour laser print offs. Plus I get to keep the rest of the spray for other projects.

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Step Three:

Measure your notebook. Mine was A5 size. I wanted a minimum of four complete triangles across the width of mine (I thought it needed at least this many to get the tessellated look I wanted but still be big enough to show the pictures off). A few sums gave me an isoceles triangle with a base of 4.5cm and a vertical height of 6.4cm (Allowing for a 2mm gap in between shapes). I also wanted the header “Life Planner” to show so I made a note of it’s size and location.

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Using these measurements I made a template from a spare piece of card.

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Step Four:

I placed the template over my images, moving it around to get the best “view” of the image before drawing around the shape with a pencil where I wanted to cut.

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Then I set to and cut out all my little triangles!

Step Five:

I arranged the triangles as I wanted them and used my trusty double sided tape mouse (those things are seriously life changing!) to stick all of them into position (front and back). I didn’t use glue because I didn’t want to make the cardboard damp and risk it wrinkling.

 

I added some washi tape around the header text to make it stand out a bit more and another area on the back for continuity.

Step Six:

Break out the Mod Podge. I used it neat (un-diluted) and used an old paintbrush to paint a coat of it all over the front cover.

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Step Seven:

After the cover is thoroughly dry coat it with Mod Podge again (ordinary PVA glue will also work for this but I like Mod Podge because it isn’t quite so runny and I can get it in a matte finish).  Keep the coats as smooth as you can for the best finish (if I did this again I would actually use one of those foam brushes to help with this). Keep doing this until you have 3 or 4 coats of Mod Podge on both the front and back covers. As the Mod Podge dries you will see that it really brings the colours of the images out on this Geometric Notebook Cover DIY.

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I really love this Geometric Notebook Cover DIY, it was really good fun to make and now it cheers my days up. Helping motivate me through the rest of the winter towards sunnier spring days. I am also really loving the Life Planner itself. It is really flexible and actually allows me to bullet journal (which might be my new obsession).

What about you? How do you plan? Do you bullet journal? Any tips for a newbie journaller?

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