These days, I feel like I don’t sit down to just create. Create something that I want for me, or need, or just to be creative. I feel like most of the times that I sit down to work on things it’s because I have a deadline. I have to get something done for one thing or another. Then there is the taking pictures while I’m creating, honestly, that can put a damper on creating. It just isn’t as fun as sitting down and pulling out supplies and having no idea exactly what direction you’re going to go with at all, and you just play with the paper or supplies that you find, that catch your eye, and create something beautiful! A couple of weeks ago at church, all of the sisters were given a composition notebook so we could take notes in Relief Society. I picked out one that I thought was cute, but once I got home, I knew that i wanted to embellish it to make it mine. That’s just how I am. 😉 Anyone else the same way? So, that is how this Embellished Composition Notebook came to be.
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Embellished Composition Notebook Supplies:
- Composition Notebook
- Paper of choice (Lots to choose from)
- Spray Adhesive
- Corner Chomper
- Xyron Sticker Maker
- Baker’s Twine
- Brads (I used some I had on hand)
After I had grabbed some paper that I thought would work for this project (turns out this paper line was from 2014) I decided on what I wanted to use for the cover. I thought this floral print would be cute! I turned the paper over, opened the notebook, and traced the cover onto the back of the paper, using my pencil. Then I cut it out and made sure it fit. I trimmed it as needed.
I was actually trying to decided how I would securely attach the cover then remembered that I had some spray adhesive on hand. I’m so glad I remembered! I think it worked better than anything else that I could have done.
I wanted to create a little bit of dimension on the notebook without using too much dimensional adhesive, so I cut a piece of chipboard. I used my corner chomper to round the corners.
I cut a piece of paper the same size as the chipboard to cover it. I used the corner chomper on that as well.
I ran the paper through my Xyron sticker maker to get the adhesive on the back of it, then stuck it down onto the chipboard.
I trimmed a couple of pieces of the yellow and orange that I wanted for the top as well.
I added some stickers to spell out the word “Notes”.
I added a tag with baker’s twine tied onto it, on the left side of the notebook then poked holes to add brads next to the word notes. Once I had the brads in, I used my Xyron sticker maker again to make the rectangular piece sticky and placed it on the notebook. Then I added the yellow and orange. I did use dimensional adhesive on the orange piece. We will see how that one holds up. 🙂
I adore the way it turned out! It’s just what I need to have for church! One thing does lead to another though, and now I’m working on a little tote bag for me to take to church. 😉 It will probably match this. I’m still trying to decided for sure what I want the bag to say and if I’m going to add flowers.
Along with using my notebook at church, I’ll keep some washi tape with me so I can tape handouts into my notebook as well. Hopefully it all works like I think it will in my head.
I’m really glad I decided to do a busy pattern on the background and then used more solid like colors for the embellishing. I think it worked well.
I like the little bit of dimension that comes with the orange piece as well. What do you think?
Have you ever made an Embellished Composition Notebook? I think I’m hooked! Now I want to embellish all the things. 🙂 It really was a quick project, especially for not having a plan for what I was going to do with it.
Whether you need a notebook for church or for writing other things down, this is a super inexpensive way to have a notebook and to make it personalized too.
Tell me, what would you create an Embellished Composition Notebook for? They really could be used for so many things! If you’re looking for more paper crafting ideas, then check out my gallery here.