Start by measuring your notebook. Mine is the unlined type of which I bought several last time I went to the bargain shop in the Valley. I find that the thermal-bound ones are easier to cover than the ring-bound ones as there is less fiddling around with the hole punch.
Since the black band matches the colours of my design, I'm not going to cover it - just the front and back flaps up to the binding. Once you've got the dimensions for the front and back cut the patterned paper you have chosen using your paper trimmer.
Glue on the patterned paper to both front and back flaps up to the binding. I use a glue runner to adhere mine.
Once both sides are covered with the background patterned paper you can embellish away... for this manly notebook I cut out some circles from the "George" paper in the Shaken not Stirred collection by Kaisercraft.
I hope you enjoyed this quick little tutorial! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments :)
Card/paper - Kaisercraft patterned paper "George" and "Roger"
Ink - none
Tools - Fiskars paper trimmer, Bostik glue tape, Cre8tive spring scissors