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DIY Ombre Notebooks


I always loved being a student.

And I really mean always, from Kindergarden all the way through college graduation. The clubs and activities! The stacks of textbooks full of exciting new knowledge! The lunches!

Ok, no, I didn’t like the lunches, I’m not a crazy person, just a very nerdy one.

Those good old school days may be over, but nothing appeases my inner student like cracking open a brand new notebook. I know I’m not the only person who gets a thrill when the back-to-school supplies hit the shelves, so this project is for us—DIY ombré notebooks for us hopelessly nerdy crafters.

DIY Ombre Notebooks by Jade and Fern

Rachel of The Crafted Life has been wowing me for ages with her ombré craft projects. They are totally beautiful and impressive—that cloche!—but I admit I’ve been a bit skeptical…could it really be that easy? Really, Rachel?

Well I finally decided to give it a go and use her ombré technique for this DIY, and I have to say—it really is easy. And awesome. And I now want to ombré-ify all the things.

So THANK YOU, Rachel, for being endlessly talented and inspiring, and for letting me share this fabulously simple method here on Jade and Fern!

DIY Ombre Notebooks by Jade and Fern DIY Ombré Notebooks

Skill Level: The Easiest

Time: 10 minutes tops (plus drying time)

What You Need:

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What You Do:

Step One – Lay your notebook on an old sheet or drop cloth in a well-ventilated area.

DIY Ombre Notebooks by Jade and Fern

Step Two – Spray the bottom half of the notebook with light coats of spray paint until you are satisfied with the saturation of color. You don’t want to spray up towards the top of the notebook—it’s actually the overspray that creates the ombré gradation.

Here’s an extremely pixellated and teeny-tiny gif to show you how:

How to Create an Ombre Effect using Spray Paint - via Jade and Fern

Step Three – Let the notebook dry according to the instructions on the spray paint. And you’re done!

DIY Ombre Notebooks by Jade and Fern

DIY Ombre Notebooks by Jade and Fern

Now I’ve got THREE new notebooks for jotting down project ideas and to-do lists and dreams and doodles and…

What do you miss the most about school?

DIY Ombre Notebooks by Jade and Fern

Be sure to swing by Rachel’s incredible blog (as if you didn’t already know about it!) for more incredible projects and techniques—this girl really knows how to inspire!

I’m off to see what else I can ombré up…

Author: Marlene @ Idle Hands Awake

Maker, baker, cat momma, total nerd, perpetually covered in glitter/sawdust/paint. Blogging DIY and design for modern creatives.

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