I love the look of those pretty little Moleskine notebooks. I always stand in DickBlick and fight with myself over whether or not I'll buy some. But my cheapness wins out (always does). But now I can make as many knock-off versions as my little heart desires, for FREE! woo!
Ready to make some? yay!
Paper (for inside pages)
X-acto knife (or scissors if you don't have one)
Corner rounder (this is optional)
Bone folder (or possibly just a butter knife if you don't have one)
(not shown) wrinkle-free glue stick
Cut cereal box down so you just have your two large sides, and cut down to
desired size (I did mine 10inches x 7.5inches)
Score your piece right down the middle, fold over and
flatten as much as it'll let you
Apply glue to one side (of the inside of the notebook), place photo, magazine cover or whatever you'd like to line it with on top of the glue and flatten out any bubbles or what-not with your bone folder. Trim down sides to the same as your notebook.
Now repeat for the other side!
Trim your paper down to the same size as your notebook,
and use a few paperclips or clamps to keep it into place.
Sew book right down the spine (if you don't have a sewing machine you can
either sew it by hand, or even just staple it! oh and PS make sure your sewing
machine is strong enough to go through the papers so you don't break a needle!).
Now just round your edges! (if you want!)
All done! Now you're free to decorate the cover however you like!