Having trouble finding the perfect notebook featuring your most-loved Star Trek crew or starship? Make it so — yourself!
You don’t need a technical manual to put this craft together. You can find inexpensive back issues of Star Trek comics and magazines at the used bookstore or your local comic book shop. Some scrapbook paper and those old comics can turn a plain notebook into a colorful conversation starter with classmates and officemates you might have never known were fellow Trek fans.
What You'll Need
- Chipboard or kraft cover notebook (at least 5.5in x 8.25in)
- Galaxy- or space-themed scrapbook paper, one sheet (12in x 12in)
- Glue stick
- Replaceable Star Trek comic books or magazines
- Insignia stencil
- Gold adhesive vinyl
- Craft knife
- Adhesive laminating sheet (optional)
Craft It! Guide
Step 1: Turn the sheet of scrapbook paper to the back side. Trace the cover of the notebook on it and cut it out. [ST-notebook-1.jpg]
Step 2: Glue the scrapbook paper piece to the front cover of the notebook. Let the glue dry.
Step 3: Choose your favorite Star Trek-themed illustrations or photos from comics and magazines you don’t mind cutting up.
Step 4: Cut or tear the images you chose from the books. You can create a collage of overlapping pictures or cut them into shapes all approximately the same size. If you’re cutting squares or rectangles of the same size, arrange them in rows on the cover and glue them in place.
Tip: Follow a theme like your favorite starship, a beloved character, or by uniform color for a cohesive design.
Step 5: Next, print the insignia template. Cut it out with the craft knife.
Step 6: Trace the insignia template on the backing of the gold adhesive vinyl. Cut it out with the craft knife.
Step 7: Peel the backing and stick the gold insignia on the notebook cover.
Step 8: If the notebook might have a lot of wear and tear from a bag or locker, carefully adhere a self-sticking laminating sheet on top of the collage to protect the cover. Trim any excess.
Your one-of-a-kind Star Trek notebook is complete!
Kelly Knox (she/her) is a Seattle-area author and writer who also contributes to StarWars.com, DCComics.com, and more. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox to talk about just about everything pop culture.