I'm trying to get back into the habit of carrying a notebook with me when I'm on the go – a place to jot my grocery lists, the title of the great book someone recommended or, yes, something hilarious I overheard someone say. So I bought a plain black notebook – all well and good, but a bit boring. So the other night, I went through my fabric stash and got out the glue bottle. Five minutes later, I had a personalized notebook. Easy-peasy! I cut a rectangle of fabric that was about 1 inch bigger than the book on each side, trimming the edges with pinking shears. Then I applied a thin layer of glue to front, spine and back of the notebook, and then placed the fabric over top, smoothing it to make sure there were no wrinkles and that it adhered to the cover. I opened the book and applied a bit more glue, then folded the fabric over, mitring the corners. (On the back, I snipped around the elastic before folding.) Then it was just a matter of leaving it to dry overnight – I layered waxed paper between the covers and the pages to prevent sticking, and put a few heavy books on top to prevent warping. I woke up to a new, fancy notebook! This is so easy – but would make a great gift. And it's a smart way to find a use for larger scraps of fabric, too. Have you ever tried something like this?