17 New Ways to Cover Your Books
Whether you’re going to back to school and want to make those ragged old textbooks a little prettier, or are considering recovering all the books in your bookcase for a cool piece of home decor, making new book covers is a fun way to personalize those pages. We’ve got a little bit of everything here, from duct tape to crocheted covers — but, don’t worry, we also have the classic brown paper bag like you’ve never seen it before. So don’t spend another second looking at a naked book. Get some inspiration from these pretty projects and start wrapping!
1. Crochet Notebook Sweater: This little guy is already bundled up for cold weather! Make this soft and snuggly notebook cover and show your books some love! You can even tuck little things like notes and pens into the heart pocket — #aw. (via Little Things Blogged)
2. Free Printable Vintage Notebook: This tutorial includes a free printable download of those adorable vintage covers. We think these would be adorable gifts for teachers if you wrapped up a set with some ribbon. (via Design is Yay)
3. Geometric Textbook Covers: This roundup wouldn’t be complete without the classic brown paper bag cover! Only this time it looks all grown up with white geometric patterns. Add a printed or handwritten label on the side of the book so you can remember which one to take to class. (via Black and White Obsession)
4. Duct Taped Mini Composition Book: Have you noticed all the really cool colors and patterns tape comes in now? You def have if you’re following along with us ;) No more plain silver, this tape comes in some very trendy patterns and these little notebooks take full advantage! Just use it like wallpaper to wrap the front and back cover for a bright and tear-proof notebook. (via Personally Andrea)
5. Patterned Tape Book Covers: Instead of going with brown, we decided to cover our books with white paper and decorate with colorful tape. Pick some sticky stuff that fits into your color palette and then make a stack of these super pretty books as coffee table decor. (via Brit + Co)
6. Brown Paper Classics: You know all those hardback covers that you can get for a few cents at the library or secondhand book store? They usually have pretty old and tired looking covers, so outfit them with handwritten titles on the spine for an elegant way to highlight your library. (via Design Sponge)
7. Pastel Spines: If you’re considering giving your bookshelves a makeover, then try just wrapping the spines in paper! You can still see the book covers if you want to find something, but everything will look slick and polished on the outside. Plus, it probably won’t take you as long as covering the whole book, which is a bonus when you’re wrapping lots. (via Pine to The Pacific)
8. Paperback to Hardback: Do you or your kids have some beloved old paperbacks that are starting to look a little tattered? Don’t throw them out just yet — it’s actually really easy to give them a second chance at life with these DIY hard covers. (via Apartment Therapy)
9. Ombre Linen Cover: These dollar store notebooks were wrapped in pieces of an old scarf for a really pretty fabric cover that makes them look much more expensive. Recovered notebooks are a cute gift idea that’s super easy and perfect for personalizing. (via Alyssa and Carla)
10. Polka Dot School Book Covers: Here is another free printable to make your book covering even easier! Their hand painted covers come in four colors — pink, orange, blue and black — so you can keep track of which class notes are in which notebook. (via A Little Birdy)
12. Hardcover Notebook: We don’t know about you, but we’ve never met a cute notebook we didn’t like. If you have more fun in the paper store than trying on shoes, you’ll love this easy tutorial on how to make your own. The nice thing about making your own book is that you can choose the paper you’re putting inside, whether you need plain, lined or graph. (via Damask Love)
13. Colorful Dot Notebook: All you need to make this cheery little guy is a paper notebook, some washi tape and a paper punch. We love the different tapes used to make the circular patterns. (via Moments to Live For)
15. Iris Folded Cover: Give those brown paper covers a crazy psychedelic makeover with this twister of a DIY. This tutorial includes a free downloadable folding pattern which makes it simple to get all those colors going in the right direction. (via Suzy’s Sitcom)
16. Decoupaged Paper Notebook: Ever wondered what you could do with that gorgeous paper at Paper Source to make it worth the splurge? Make a cute notebook out of it! You could make a constant stream of seasonally wrapped notebooks and still probably save more money than buying those fancy stationery ones. (via The Sassy Life)
17. Embroidered Paper Journal: If the minimalist in you kind of loves the paper cover look, then all you need to do to add some personalization is run a bit of washi tape down the spine and embroider a cool geometric pattern on the cover. All your friends will think you spent a ton of money, but, of course, you didn’t. (via The Plumed Nest)
Have you tried making a book cover before? Share your favorite back to school-esque projects with us in the comments below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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