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in this Instructable ill show you how to make a cover for a school book, or a diary etc..

this is my first time... so please be gentle...
 
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Step 1: Get the stuff

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materials/tools

you will need some pencils or pens or a computer running something like paint

some paper big enough to cover the book, or just to cover the front of the book

some old magazines (I suggest glossy but any will work) or you could print your favourite font on some glossy photo paper, that will work too (this is to write your name on the front because it would be covered up by the paper)

some scissors

some glue, pritstick, pva etc...

shapes to draw around like a bowl, tin or money.
this clear sticky back plastics (picture will explain it all)

Step 2: Draw your design

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in the first photo this is basically just a black, blue and red biro scribbled all over an A3 piece of paper (11.69 x 16.54 inches) and stuck on my English exercise book.

on my art books I did something slightly different, i went crazy drawing circles and coloured them in, thats the third and fourth picture

on the fifth onwards i basically the same but i used different shapes and i have to stick the letters on it.

I'm going to be drawing a really small one as a demonstration. oh yeah draw with a light pencil, that way the pencil wont show if you get it wrong.

Step 3: Colour in your design

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now you colour in your design, I used felt tip pens but you can use whatever you want. i found that if you overlap the shapes you can draw the overlap a random colour- it looks very different like that.

Step 4: Outline in black pen

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the title is self explanatory, outline all the shapes in a black pen, it makes the bright colours contrast more and jump out

Step 5: Get messy

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now you can cut out letters from glossy magazines and stick them on your cover, first however work out where the letters will go, you don't want to waste all your hard work!
by the way, using different fonts makes the letters look cool.

now, the magazines are my mums... really... they are.
dur.sk83 years ago
Wow nice designs
I needed some thing creative for my school books and notebook
and it is perfect.
i'm just gonna show my friends and wont tell them how i made it. hahahahaha
just kidding, its really awesome
lemonie6 years ago
You're at least half right with "it's almost worth making an instructable just for puting the plastic on" (I know) - if you've found a good technique that works well you should!
Your work is well presented, if you're after improvements they're fairly minor:
show the book you start with, rotate some of the images 90o, capitalise the first letter of sentences and "i" - (check spelling).
Good job.

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helloworld1 (author)  lemonie6 years ago
ok thanks, so basicly the grammer is the problem, i use word and i spent a whole day adding in auto corrects so now its almost perfect for me, i make alot of notes and ive just gotten used to it. yeah i can probably get another book, and i might take some more photos. thanks for the feedback!!
No not the grammar - just the odd capital, "I" and the odd word like terminater which my Firefox spell-check is underlining (terminator). The whole thing looks good - you know how to rotate images?

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helloworld1 (author)  lemonie6 years ago
i was using my friends computer, so no, but when i get home i will