Last year I had the opportunity to guest blog over at Meremade. I shared this easy and fun back-to-school craft to get children excited about going back to school! The best part about these notebooks is that you can truly customize them to any person. I made this one (last year) for my friend Christy’s daughter. Chloe was starting Kindergarten and I wanted her to get excited about school.
- Composition Notebook
- Mod Podge
- Foam Brush
- Scrapbook Paper
- Exacto Knife
- Adhesive Runner
- Ric Rac
- Floral Embellishments
- Name Cut-Out
- Glue Gun
First you will want to choose your paper. Once you’ve chosen your paper, secure the paper with a light adhesive runner prior to painting the mod podge on the notebook. (This will ensure that you keep the paper in place when you start to trim around the paper.)
Next, you will want to trace around the notebook, and then cut the paper.
Now you can begin applying the Mod Podge.
You will want to paint a thin coat of Mod Podge onto the composition notebook. I peeled half of the paper back, painted the mod podge on. Pushed down and smoothed out to make sure no bubbles were present. Then repeated on the other side, pulling that side of the paper up. This ensures that the paper will stay in place, and not slip and show any portion of the original cover. *You will want to follow the same steps for the back of the notebook. I added multiple scraps on the back of my notebook to make it different.
After the notebook has dried you will want to take an exact knife and trim around the notebook.
Next, you will want to gather all of your supplies that will go on the front cover.
I cut a small piece of paper to fit the size of the die-cut letters, and then stamped out a scallop edge.
Next, you will want to heat up the hot glue gun. Smear hot glue on each end of the ric rac. When you go to cut the ric rac it will not fray!
Now, attach your ric rac to the spine.
Cut the ends off the ric rac to match the composition books length.
Next you will want to adhere your floral embellishments.
*I used a hot glue gun because my paper had a glitter sheen to it.
Your customized notebook is finished!
Just a few simple paper crafts from your home can really jazz up a plain composition notebook.
Here is what both the front and back of the notebook look like!
Chloe loved the notebook that was personalized just for her!