Make Your Own Vintage Notebook

bookproject4We love old vinyl record album covers. You can pick them up for next to nothing at garage sales, thrift stores or in someone’s basement (make sure you know them first, though). This is an easy project, and it makes a perfect gift. We recently made a Kenny Rogers journal for a friend of ours who loves the song, The Gambler. We found the album for 50 cents and picked up a notebook at our craft store in the .99 bin. Here’s how we did it. Good luck making your own!

SUPPLIES bookproject1

  • Album cover 
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Notebook
  • Glue (we used hot glue)
  • Ribbon

First off, you’ll want to trace the notebook shape onto the backside of the album with a pencil. Repeat for the back and also for the spine of the book if it has one.


Next, Cut out the shapes. Then glue all the pieces directly onto the notebook. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect! Once it’s glued down, use ribbon to decorate the edges and hide any imperfections. We used ribbon here, but you could also use sequens, feathers or anything else to dress it up.


All done! You just made a lovely gift for less than a couple bucks! Have fun searching for cool vintage albums.


Stacy is a gardener, birder, and naturalist, and the author of nearly 10 books, including The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book, The Secret Lives of Animals, Project Garden, and 101 Plants You Can't Kill.

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