5 Simple Ways to Customize Your Notebooks

Notebooks always tend to be a boring subject: usually relating to work, studying, or something dull. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Why not switch it up? Spice up your all-business-and-no-fun notebooks with these simple customization hacks to inspire and motivate you!

#1- Add your favorite inspirational quotes

Whether you’re using your notebooks for work, school or creativity, we all need a little boost of positivity to keep us going every once in a while. What’s better than a lighthearted, go get ‘emquote to help you start off the day on the right note? It can consist of quotes from your favorite authors, singers, philosophers, or even someone close to you who inspires you—whichever it is, make sure it’s something that’ll leave you feeling encouraged after reading it. Quote journals have been shown to promote inspiration, well-being, and productivity, so even though it sounds like a “cookie-cutter-teenager-thing” to do, it’s actually worth a shot!

#2: DIY your notebook cover

Although the most obvious one, this tip is packed with a lot of fun and will surely get you loads of compliments. Not to mention, it’ll leave you feeling less depressed when you pull out that funky notebook for class or work. You can use wrapping papers, fabrics, stickers, pictures, paints—the possibilities are endless. There are many DIY notebook videos and guides online that can help you out with this. The materials are quite elementary: just glue, scissors and materials of your choice to customize. If getting crafty simply won’t fit into that busy schedule of yours, you can always take the easy way out and have your notebooks customized for you (but don’t worry, we won’t tell!). Spector&Co offers a variety of notebooks with full personalization available on a variety of materials, including eco-friendly and recyclable options! Check them out here.

#3: Add scrapbooking elements

Why stop at just the cover? DIY the whole notebook: whether it’s with cute stickers, pictures of friends and family, or celebrities you like to gawk over, just do it! Make it fun, colorful; you can even add stitching and patches. Every page is a new adventure. From finding a theme to making it funky and random, it’s completely up to you. This might be a bit more challenging if you’re new to arts & crafts, but it’s never too late to take up a new hobby. Plus, there’s plenty of instructions online to help you out, like this one here.

#4: DIY notebook pockets for extra space

I know that you cram all your extra papers in-between the pages of your notebook in a disorganized mess, where they spill out almost every time you pick it up. Why not add some pockets to make your life easier? It’s actually a lot simpler than it sounds. All you need is cardstock, scissors and glue. That means no more mess and no more flipping through pages and pages looking for that lost document from weeks ago. And the best part? You can add as many pockets as you’d like! If that doesn't sound like something you'd have time for, then not to worry because Spector & Co. is here to save you the time and hassle! We offer a variety of portfolios with pockets to help keep those loose papers in place.

Customization helps our individuality and inspiration thrive, so no matter what the subject or object, be sure to always add a little piece of yourself to keep things lively! The most mundane spaces are the ones that need the most creativity, so use these hacks to keep on showing your colors even in the simplest of ways.

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