Back to School // DIY // Marble Notebook

Hey guys and dolls!
It’s that time of the year again, it’s BTS time. I want to give you a hand on this back to school so you can have the best year EVAH! Hehe. So, the next few posts will be about this. If you’re a student, lucky you! If you’re not, maybe you could share this post with someone you love and would like it? Thank you! My readers are the best.

I don’t know about you, but something that always got me excited on my back to school days was stationary! Okay, I have to admit it, I have a thing for stationary. It’s just super satisfactory for me to simply own stationary – especially if it’s minimalistic. Unfortunately, cute and minimalistic stationers have a really bad effect on my wallet.
If you’re anything like me, you want your back to school to be smooth, fashion and inexpensive and that’s why I thought I should share with you my secret for super cute, minimalist and affordable stationary (you can thank me later).

Now, if you’re not a student, don’t worry, you can do this pretty much with everything you own to keep you organized, so keep reading and stop moaning.

What you’ll need:

  • A Notebook (duh)
  • Scissors
  • A ruler
  • Marble adhesive paper


Start by measuring the notebook on the adhesive paper. As you can see, I used on this measures behind. If you don’t have one like that, worry not. That’s what you need the ruler for.

Cut the paper leaving 2cm around the notebook – that will our berms.

With the notebook closed, start by unwrapping the adhesive paper while you put one of the faces of the notebook on the paper. Do this until you have all the adhesive paper unwrapped and the notebook “glued” to the adhesive paper.
Glue the berms to the inside of the notebook cover.

And voilá… you have a super fashion, affordable and minimalistic notebook.

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Estimated price: I paid 0,75€ for the notebook plus 1,50€ for 3m of this marble adhesive paper. I saw online that you can find this marble adhesive paper for about 4£ so, you can estimate the price. For me, it cost me about 1€ which is 0,85£.

I’m absolutely in love with this but what about you? What do you think? Please let me know in the comment section how you feel about my Back To School miniseries.


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  1. Alyssa Panghulan

    3 September, 2016 at 7:28

    I’ve been really obsessed about anything marble lately. I actually watched a lot of DIY on youtube about marble phone cases since I couldn’t find any in my area. Now this! <3 thank youu

  2. Jean Dalida

    1 September, 2016 at 23:49

    WOOOOAH! Marble is definitely a thing! 🙂 Love it! thanks for sharing this/

  3. Cătălina Nini

    29 August, 2016 at 22:18

    Back to school post: because it`s all about stationary !! I love the idea of marble covers for notebooks. When I was in school I tried to get creative and find new cover up for my books or notebooks.


  4. Felicia Silver

    29 August, 2016 at 22:09

    This is so cute! Marble is so trendy right now too.


    29 August, 2016 at 11:58

    I used to cover my notes books like this years when I was at school.

    1. ellaivoire

      29 August, 2016 at 20:56

      Thanks for stopping by Mel! xx

  6. jennifer L

    29 August, 2016 at 5:03

    I really need to get some marble adhesive paper because I’m loving the marble effect. Great DIY!

    1. ellaivoire

      29 August, 2016 at 20:53

      Thank you Jennifer! Tag me on social media so I can see. I’m @ellaivoire on Twitter, Instagram and everywhere else!

  7. Rosie Romance

    28 August, 2016 at 22:53

    Buying stationary for school was always a very happy day! I never thought to make my own though – it looks good 🙂

    1. ellaivoire

      29 August, 2016 at 20:52

      Thanks Rosie! Buying stationary is indeed a very happy day, hehe. X

  8. Zena's Suitcase

    28 August, 2016 at 20:23

    This post really too me back to my school days, I remember covering books just like this. I love the marble look

    1. ellaivoire

      29 August, 2016 at 20:52

      Great you liked it Zena! xx

  9. ljdove23

    28 August, 2016 at 13:05

    I had big plans to do this last year on all of my sons books but never got round to it. This year I am definitely doing it!

    1. ellaivoire

      29 August, 2016 at 20:51

      You totally should!!

  10. Freelancer Rene

    28 August, 2016 at 12:51

    I remember my older sister is fond of covering her notebooks. I just amazes me how she does it very well. looks good and fine on the edges.. this is a great tutorial!

    1. ellaivoire

      29 August, 2016 at 20:51

      Thanks! xx

  11. Roselle CT

    28 August, 2016 at 12:39

    I tried doing something like that before but not in a notebook but a Stradmore and too bad I can’t seem to smooth it out. It appeared like some parts have bubbles because of air trapped.

    1. ellaivoire

      29 August, 2016 at 20:50

      Have you tried to smoothing it out while you’re still “glueing” the paper? It works wonders! xx

  12. Bernadette Angelie Pangilinan

    28 August, 2016 at 11:56

    Hey, where’d you get your marble adhesive paper? I’ve had one and been using it for my product shorts but I like the patterns on yours more. 🙂

    1. ellaivoire

      29 August, 2016 at 20:49

      Hey Bernadette! I’ve bought it on a store but you can check on Amazon for one. xx


    28 August, 2016 at 5:06

    This looks very doable. Love the final look. Can you share the link of the site where you found the marble adhesive paper

    1. ellaivoire

      28 August, 2016 at 11:11

      I’m so glad you liked it Prerna! I’ve bought it on a store but you can check on Amazon, you will find it for sure! xx

  14. Evelina

    27 August, 2016 at 23:44

    What a great idea! Looks really chic!

    1. ellaivoire

      28 August, 2016 at 4:19

      Thanks for stopping by Evelina. X

  15. Zwitsy

    27 August, 2016 at 19:19

    DIYs are always the best option to get what you want like for example a good cover of notebook. This is definitely a good activity to start before the school begins.

  16. Tamz

    27 August, 2016 at 16:09

    Making such notebook covers was probably our favorite activity during the later stages of school holidays. Such a fun activity this. The marble cover looks really cool.

  17. lizellecruz

    27 August, 2016 at 5:29

    I really love marble designs!! This cover is really classy and stylish!

    1. ellaivoire

      27 August, 2016 at 8:09

      I’m super glad you liked it Lizelle! xx

  18. VanessaL

    27 August, 2016 at 5:25

    oooo so easy and so chic. I just want to touch it! hahaha 🙂 Thanks for sharing that!

    1. ellaivoire

      27 August, 2016 at 8:08

      I’m glad you liked it Vanessa! xx

  19. Sydney Fashion Hunter

    26 August, 2016 at 22:31

    I am a stationary junkie! The good stuff however can be really expensive. Covering a notebook in marble give the look on teh cheap. I love it!

    1. ellaivoire

      27 August, 2016 at 8:10

      Notebooks are really all the same, it’s a matter of being chic or meh, hehe xxx

  20. Nilyn_ECM

    26 August, 2016 at 21:11

    That’s super awesome! I remember when I was still schooling, my fave thing to collect are notebooks! Even now, I still buy notebooks from time to time, but not as often as I did before. You did great on this one! You gave your notebook an awesome makeover! 😀

  21. Natalia

    26 August, 2016 at 20:41

    I use to make those notebooks for school and also in my books. I think I should keep doing it, specially with my diary, as I like to keep it after I finish it 🙂 x

  22. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    26 August, 2016 at 18:22

    Oh my gosh that’s so cute. I love the marble look and design and the fact that it’s easy and cheap to make.

    1. ellaivoire

      26 August, 2016 at 18:25

      I’m glad you liked it Terri! 😊😊 xx

  23. Rachel

    26 August, 2016 at 16:47

    I used to cover every single one of my school books, I used to love it x

    1. ellaivoire

      26 August, 2016 at 18:29

      Thanks for stopping by Rachel! xx

  24. Wandering JM

    26 August, 2016 at 16:21

    Very creative. This is absolutely cute and lovely. Great job.

    1. ellaivoire

      26 August, 2016 at 16:42

      Aww thank you so much 💕💕

  25. Tamara

    26 August, 2016 at 15:55

    Ohh the self adhesive paper looks really nice.

    1. ellaivoire

      26 August, 2016 at 16:00

      Thanks for stopping by Tamara!

  26. Alina

    26 August, 2016 at 15:39

    Such a cute idea. I totally agree, it’s good for the bank and good for creativity 🙂 looks great


    1. ellaivoire

      26 August, 2016 at 15:46

      Glad you liked it Alina ☺

  27. Mary

    26 August, 2016 at 14:55

    This is absolutely adorable! I’m going to have too search for this paper

    1. ellaivoire

      26 August, 2016 at 15:45

      I’m so glad you liked it Mary 😊

  28. Subhadrika Sen

    26 August, 2016 at 10:19

    Aah i wish i could go back to school. But nevertheless, notebooks are required all the time. I would decorate my journalist notebook with some of your creative ideas. 🙂

    1. ellaivoire

      26 August, 2016 at 10:32

      Aww thanks doll! 😘😘

  29. Amazing Life Daily

    26 August, 2016 at 9:02

    LOL! Ella, it took me a moment to see the notebook on the photo because my eyes were glued on the tablet and I was thinking of a note app! HAHAHA! But from the photo, awesome job you did turning an ordinary notebook into a beautifully covered marble design notebook.

    1. ellaivoire

      26 August, 2016 at 10:31

      Hahaha! I’m glad you liked it! ☺

  30. Борка Шаула

    26 August, 2016 at 8:04

    I would love to try this out! I love the marble and how it looks so minimal! And back to school are my favorite posts! Thanks for sharing!

    1. ellaivoire

      26 August, 2016 at 10:30

      I’m so so so glad you liked it!! If you try this, make sure you tag me on social media so I can see. I’m @ellaivoire on Twitter, Instagram and everywhere else!

  31. Elizabeth O.

    26 August, 2016 at 6:56

    Well, that was pretty easy to do! Thanks for the quick tutorial, I think the notebook looks great and you can do this with books as well. Aside from that you can also pick a design that you want.

    1. ellaivoire

      26 August, 2016 at 10:27

      Absolutely Elizabeth! I chose the marble one because I like marble so much, but anyone can choose whatever it’s more pleasing to them!

  32. Jolina

    26 August, 2016 at 1:25

    Notebooks was what got me excited. Blank pages waiting to get written on! So this is the perfect DIY for me. Love it!

    1. ellaivoire

      26 August, 2016 at 10:26

      Aww I’m so happy you liked it! 💕

  33. Ty

    25 August, 2016 at 23:01

    I have tons of notebooks that I song write in. This is a cool idea. Your post has me thinking of some cool ways to make my notebooks creative and perhaps I’ll write upbeat tempo songs in one notebook, love songs/ballads in another and so on.

    1. ellaivoire

      25 August, 2016 at 23:12

      Great Ty! That’s exactly what Mike does when he’s song writing! 😊

  34. Sarah Beck

    25 August, 2016 at 22:36

    It really does look simple but elegant

    1. ellaivoire

      25 August, 2016 at 22:45

      I’m glad you liked it Sarah! ☺

  35. Liz Mays

    25 August, 2016 at 21:41

    This is such a cool way to personalize your notebook. I’m loving the simple marble pattern.

    1. ellaivoire

      25 August, 2016 at 22:12

      Thanks Liz!

    2. ellaivoire

      25 August, 2016 at 22:46

      Glad you liked it Liz 😊

  36. Little B & Me

    25 August, 2016 at 21:13

    It looks absolutely fabulous!
    Now I’m feeling the need to spruce my diary up!

    1. ellaivoire

      25 August, 2016 at 21:15

      Go for it and then tag me on social media so I can see! I’m @ellaivoire on Twitter, Instagram and everywhere else! 😘😘

  37. Sarah from LavenderLife

    25 August, 2016 at 20:55

    This looks so nice! If I was still in school I would totally make this!

    1. ellaivoire

      25 August, 2016 at 21:14

      Maybe you could share this one with someone who’s still in school? ☺

  38. Laveena Sengar

    25 August, 2016 at 19:27

    This is such a cool approach! Loved the post. 🙂

    1. ellaivoire

      25 August, 2016 at 21:12

      Thanks Laveena!

  39. Sonja Josipovic

    25 August, 2016 at 18:56

    Amazing work! Love your post!

    1. ellaivoire

      25 August, 2016 at 21:11

      Thanks Sonja!

  40. thetravelpockets

    25 August, 2016 at 18:00

    Love me some stationary! I used to collect stationary when I lived in Japan because they had way too many cute things! Like this little DIY trick you did!

    1. ellaivoire

      25 August, 2016 at 21:09

      Oh yeah! Japanese thingies are the best!

  41. Daisy Crawford

    25 August, 2016 at 17:43

    This is such a great idea! I love stationary so much. And I’m not even in school. Gotta try this one out 🙂

    1. ellaivoire

      25 August, 2016 at 21:09

      If you do PLEASE tag me on social media so I can see! @ellaivoire on Twitter, Instagram and everywhere


    25 August, 2016 at 16:50

    Great idea – I use to always do this school books that we were allowed to cover. Lovely post!

    1. ellaivoire

      25 August, 2016 at 21:07

      Thank you Karolina!

  43. Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching

    25 August, 2016 at 15:22

    It’s true, you can pay so much less if you are willing to do a bit more work yourself. There is nothing I love more than a cute and handy notebook.

    1. ellaivoire

      25 August, 2016 at 21:06

      This takes like 10minutes and it’s so worthy for the result! Thanks for stopping by Tania!

  44. Sabrina Barbante

    25 August, 2016 at 14:17

    Great work! I’m far from being ‘Back To School’ by now BUT as a writer I always have a note book with me and this very very fashion DIY version is so cool!

    1. ellaivoire

      25 August, 2016 at 14:32

      I’m so glad you liked it Sabrina!! xx

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