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I love buying composition books at the store because they are such a good deal...especially when you buy them during the back-to-school sales. The problem is that they are not that attractive to look at, so I decided to use some of my crafting supplies I had on hand to alter them to make them look a little nicer.
When you alter these composition books, you can pick a theme that you want (travel, gratitude, inspiration, art, etc) to decorate these books. These are perfect as birthday gifts, wedding gifts, add to teacher appreciation packages, back-to-school supplies for the kids, summer camp notebooks, dream journals, and they are fun for kids to decorate at parties or youth activities.
Scrapbook papers - 12 x 12 inch
Mod Podge All-in-1 Glue 8-Ounce, Gloss
ink pad - cranberry
hot glue gun
When gluing the paper to your composition book, you can do this a few different ways. You can use school glue, glue sticks, spray adhesive glue, or craft glue (Mod Podge in this case). I have used glue sticks and the paper comes up quite easily pretty soon after the project is finished. I used the spray adhesive and that is very messy and it sticks right away....but after a year of constant use my paper peeled back and wouldn't adhere to the notebook anymore....but it was a sticky mess for anything that touched the paper or notebook where the adhesive was. When using the Mod Podge, I haven't had any separation when I have used enough on the edges. The only problem with Mod Podge is that is soaks into the notebook cover and can warp it if you don't let it sit long enough. To sum it up, I don't think there is a perfect glue to use, but I like Mod Podge the best.
I hot glued a strip of ribbon to the seam where the two papers meet on the front cover. Then I decided to search through my stickers and add one with a nice little encouraging quote on it.
Because the top part of the composition book looked a little plain, I looked through my papers and picked one of my favorites (see how I used it here) and cut it to use as a background for one of my stamps.
Here is the finished altered composition book. I forgot to take a picture of the finished project before I sent it to a friend, but she was nice enough to take a picture for me and send it to me once she got it.
For some of my other notebooks I have made, I printed out inspirational quotes and glued them into the notebooks on random pages. For the cover decorations, you can use anything that appeals to you! Make it your own with any stickers, stamps, different papers or whatever you would like.
These are a few of the other notebooks I have made. What theme would you use when you decorate your book?