Don’t judge a book by its cover. Right? Only… I can’t be the only person out there that fills their sketchbooks and notebooks with the same doting affection that you would devote to a baby. And I can’t be the only person that wants their baby to be cute!
So I decided to treat a couple of my babies to a facelift. I mean, if I’m going to fill them with my most wonderful and heartfelt thoughts and creations, their outsides should shine too. I find fabric book covers so classic and sort of indulgent, but they can also come off as quite dated and a little bit scruffy so I knew I also wanted to add a little bit of trendiness and chic. That’s why, when choosing a pattern for my book covers, I went for the ever-so-current tropical trend.
To start with, I made some floral and leafy silhouette templates to use as stencils. I’ve never done anything like it
before but they worked a charm and now, I’ve got the stencil bug! I’m just itching to make more. (What else can I stencil?? My sofa? Some walls???)
Anyway, those templates can be accessed below and you’re absolutely free to use them as you wish.
Now, if you’re planning on going down the pattern stenciling route but my stencils aren’t quite what you’re looking for *side-eye* you could also check out this wonderful site where a fella provides thousands upon thousands of silhouette images that could easily be turned into stencils, and they’re all royalty free! Your pattern possibilities are endless. Think butterflies, think paisley, think polka dots or what about skulls and diamonds and those old fashioned gentleman’s pipes…. Oooh! Now that would look cute!!
Okay, before I get carried away with new stencil ideas and start sponging patterns up the walls, here’s the video on how I transformed my plain old hardcover sketchbook and my even plainer, older softcover notebook into individual works of art in their own right.
I got most of the supplies featured in this DIY from Amazon*;
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