DIY Tumblr Inspired Notebooks!



Hello Everyone!  It’s almost back to school.  A time for new beginnings and another year of fun and excitement.  For this DIY, I want to give a shout out to my DIYer MichelleEDiep on Twitter who requested this awesome project of creating your very own tumblr notebook.  This will allow you to be creative and personalize it the way you want.


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2 packets of filler paper

spray glue

PBA glue/PH-Neutral Adhesive (at your local craft store or online)

Stock paper

Black craft paper

Binder clips – medium size

Disposable paint brush



  • Using a photo editor (I used Adobe Photoshop), create your collage with the pictures that is saved on your computer.  Create a new image, using paper size.  I used 8 1/2″ X 11.”  Place and arrange your saved photos the way you like it to look for the cover.   Thank you to all who have participated in this project by sending me some of your favorite pictures.  See below if you would like to use some of the same pictures that I have used.
  • Make sure the lined papers are even and straight.  Use binder clips to keep in place.  Do not clip the edge (on the side with the holes) where you will be binding your notebook.
  • With the brush, apply a coat of PBA glue on the side where the notebook will be held together.  Set aside.
  • For the cover, spray card stock paper evenly with glue, going from corner to corner.  Lay photo collage printout on top of stock paper.  Place under or in between a heavy book that is about the same size of your notebook or larger.  This will help to keep the cover flat and for the collage to adhere to the stock paper.  Let dry for approximately 30 minutes.
  • After the cover is completely dry, lay it on top of another piece of card stock paper, trace, and cut to match the size of the cover.  This will be the back of your notebook.
  • Remove binder clips from the paper packet.  Place the front and back covers and use binder clips to hold it all together.
  • On the black craft paper, trace a rectangular shape for the binder, approximately 1 1/2″ wide and the length is determined by the length of the paper being used for the notebook.  For the one that I am creating, the length is 11″.  Cut out the long rectangle and use the brush to spread glue evenly.  Wrap around binder side.  Use binder clips to hold down the wrapped binder to seal.  Let dry completely before removing binder clips.

CLICK on your favorite images and print below.  If you don’t have a printer, I suggest you take the file image to Staples or Office Max and have them print the image onto thick shiny card stock paper.

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Best of luck and hope you will enjoy creating your notebook.  Remember to post your creations.  I would love to see it.  Until next time, keep up with the creativity and let yourself be inspired.



55 comments on “DIY Tumblr Inspired Notebooks!”

  1. Ugh I love this!!!! <3 <3 <3
    I love all the collages you made and want them all! <3 <3 <3

  2. Enjoyed watching the video, I watched it over and over at least 3 times. This diy is a must try. Thanks 😀

  3. ya can u make more collages cause i cant unless u how to make collages on a kindle fire

  4. can u make one more collage because i need 4 notebooks for school and i luv the ones you make !!!♡♡

    1. How did you do it?? Cause I can’t do it without the layout and I can’t find the layout that you used. Please can you or anybody teel me how did you do it?? I will be happy 🙂
      If you are bored and you wanna do more collages I can pass you some photos and you can share the collage with me.
      Anyway, thank you!

  5. If you need more collages, try making some! Its actually really fun. I got caught up in it and ended up making 5 of my own

  6. I love this idea Ann! I have been looking for ways to spice up my notebooks and this is just the perfect way to create some that are unique and gorgeous! I have also made a couple of collages for you all to enjoy.

  7. Thank you very much for this DIY! Love it! I shared my own creations on my blog, with a link to yours, hope that’s okay. Thanks again for the great idea!

  8. I made two of my own using some pictures that I found on my own and from here if you’d like to use them. I used these as my phone wallpaper however(:

  9. Here are the collages I made that I talked about. They make Great Wall papers too. For devices like phones and I pads

  10. Your collage came out great! What type of printer did you use? I’ve been trying to find a good printer to print stuff like this out.

  11. Do you print the pictures on normal printer paper and then glue it onto the cardstock or do i have to print the collage on a certain type of paper?
    I love this DIY!

  12. Hello Ann. First things first, You videos are amazing.
    Anyway I was wondering where you got the glue for the DIY Tumblr Notebooks???

  13. This was such a good idea for school notebooks and being able to personalize your own notebooks.
    I found that using your own art is also a good cover idea, the only trouble i had with this was putting the spine cover on and making sure it fit correctly and stayed on and everything.
    My notebook is drying right now so we will see how it turns out!

  14. This was great idea!
    I found that using my own art also made for interesting cover ideas, the only trouble I had was putting the spine on and making sure the sizes were correct, but other than that I really liked this DIY

  15. I really won’t all three of these papers to make this very pretty
    Perfect color for the”legit” notebooks

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