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Customized Notebook

Customized Notebook
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.
Customized Notebook
  • Composition Notebook
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Exacto Knife
  • Adhesive Runner
  • Ric Rac
  • Floral Embellishments
  • Name Cut-Out
  • Glue Gun
Customized Notebook
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.)
Customized Notebook
 Next, you will want to trace around the notebook, and then cut the paper.
Customized Notebook
 Now you can begin applying the Mod Podge.
Customized Notebook
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.
Customized Notebook
After the notebook has dried you will want to take an exact knife and trim around the notebook.
Customized Notebook
Next, you will want to gather all of your supplies that will go on the front cover.
Customized Notebook
I cut a small piece of paper to fit the size of the die-cut letters, and then stamped out a scallop edge.
Customized Notebook
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!
Customized Notebook
Now, attach your ric rac to the spine.
Customized Notebook
Cut the ends off the ric rac to match the composition books length.
Customized Notebook
Next you will want to adhere your floral embellishments.
Customized Notebook
*I used a hot glue gun because my paper had a glitter sheen to it.
Customized Notebook
Your customized notebook is finished!
Customized Notebook
Just a few simple paper crafts from your home can really jazz up a plain composition notebook.
Customized Notebook
Here is what both the front and back of the notebook look like!
Customized Notebook
Chloe loved the notebook that was personalized just for her!

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  1. What a cute way to start back to school! This is a great project for me to make for my niece. Thanks Katie.

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