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I love pretty things. And I love a blank book. This project is a favorite of mine, because it takes pretty things and blank books and combines them into one project: beautiful DIY journals that even the most un-crafty among us can whip up inexpensively and in just a few minutes.
Step One: Gather Your Supplies.
- a composition notebook (these can often be purchased on sale for about 50 cents each during Back to School season or in January. Otherwise they cost about $1)
- 2 pieces of scrapbook paper (either 8×10 or 12×12 will be fine),
- mod podge (That's an affiliate link)
- a paintbrush
- an x-acto knife
- piece of scrap cardboard
Step Two: Put It Together
This project is so simple! Every composition book comes with black tape along the binding. Take note of that black tape. Now, cover the rest of the cover with modge podge, taking care to not get the modge podge on the binding tape. Then carefully lay the edge of one piece of scrapbook paper (right side up) over the back cover, butting the edge of the page up against the edge of the black binding tape. Open the composition book up and use the x-acto knife to trim around the excess paper away from the composition notebook. I like to do my cutting on a piece of scrap cardboard so that I don't scratch my table! Repeat these steps to cover the front of the composition notebook.
To give your journal extra durability, cover the scrapbook paper on the front and back covers completely with a layer (or two) of modge podge. Allow it to dry completely (overnight is best). And then, Ta-Da! You're done!
I love covering composition notebooks this way and the results are so pretty! We use these books for personal journals, math, history timelines, English, workshop notes. At this price, we can use the books for anything we want without feeling like we're ruining an expensive book. I get so many compliments about my beautiful and “expensive” **ahem!** notebooks, and the way they stack neatly on the shelf makes my organizing heart happy. Whether we use these books for personal journals, Bible study, math, history timelines…. whatever it is… All our books stack neatly and look attractive on the bookshelf. Tie a pretty ribbon around it and add a pen and it also makes a great gift!