diy ink transfer notebooks

notebooks final

i have the best diy to share with you all today! i’ve been obsessed with this technique since a friend at work showed it to me. i’m the kind of person that loves having a million different notebooks and stationary (who’s with me on that?! answer: everyone) so i am always looking for another way to add some personal character and pizazz. and today’s diy is a great way to really personalize any plain notebook, by creating your own transfer stamp!


this is a simple and low budget diy, but you’ll have to pick up the supplies at a specialty art store. my local craft store didn’t have the supplies i needed

here’s what you need:

  • blender pens, you can find them at specialty art stores
  • notebooks; i used these but any is fine, just make sure the cover is a kraft paper-like material
  • templates; i have a pre-made one for download but you can make one yourself too! note that the templates are made to fit a 3.5″ x 5.5″

first, start by printing out the template. now i learned this the hard way the first time i tried this, but you have to print out the template on an inkjet printer, compared to a laser jet printer. i’m not sure exactly why but maybe something about how the ink is printed? it also helps if you print on thinner paper, it helps transfer the ink better.

stay curious cover

this picture is a strong reminder that i will never be a hand model, i mean have you heard of moisturizer, catherine?! ha!

anyway, flip the template so the words are facing down. with your fingers firmly securing the template, rub the blender pen across the paper to transfer the letters. i found that it helped prevent smudging to push the marker in the same direction with each swipe. you can rub it in with your fingers (don’t work you won’t get ink on your hands) and let sit for a few seconds before carefully removing.

stay curios cover

and voila! easy as that to transfer to ink! on the kraft paper covers you made need to push the marker harder or give it a few more strokes because the paper is thicker. but it worked pretty well on the pages themselves. i like how the technique has an antique-y stamped look about it.

dr suess cover

to do list but first coffee

youre so pretty today

stamp to-do lists and cute sayings in your notebook to help you stay organized and remind yourself how amazing you are 😉 these would also make cute gifts for friends. i actually gave one of the ones i made to a friend for her birthday, because like i said earlier who can’t use another notebook?!

do what you love cover

dc logo

i printed out a black and white version of my blog logo for a title page in my book and i am so obsessed with how cool it looks! i want to use my little notebook for brainstorming blog ideas and jotting down all my hopes and dreams 🙂

do you think you would try this diy!? how would you customize your notebook? show me your versions on instagram with the hashtag #designandcuriositymakes

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  • Reply Taylor Jones 03/25/2016 at 8:18 am

    This is very VERY cool <3

  • Reply S 03/29/2016 at 3:31 pm

    Such a cute idea! 🙂
    Does it work with colored ink?

    • Reply catherinehblu 03/29/2016 at 3:37 pm

      Unfortunately not, just black and white 🙁 That would be amazing though!

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