Give your classic notebooks a facelift!
Now that school is well underway, it’s time for another post about school supplies! It’s no secret that I love any kind of paper products, and I want everything to be pretty! Let’s take the classic marbled notebook to the next level. Please join me in creating an elevated composition book.
Do you, or your child(ren) get excited to write in a new journal or open a fresh package of pens? We do at home, and I will do anything to motivate my daughter to dig into her homework!
The supply list for this project might look long, but many of the items are optional, so do not fear.
Heavy weight paper (scrapbook paper)
Sequins, glitter or confetti
Double sided tape
Nice to have:
Self-healing foam mat
Paper piercing tool
Are you still here?? I know that list looks long, but most people will have almost all of the must haves already.
Gather your supplies, put on your favorite tv show or music, and let’s get going!
Lay your composition book face down on the back side of your scrapbook paper. Trace the outline of the book with a pencil, ensuring you do so neatly. The goal here is to accurately cover the front of your book with the paper. I chose to use a pattern to amp up the fun, but you could choose a solid color if you prefer. Cut it out with scissors or your paper trimmer. Cut rounded corners to match your book. Now, lay the book down in your acetate sheet and trace with pencil. Use some pressure here so you can see where you need to cut. Cut it out and make sure the paper and acetate are the same size.
Still following along?
Next, lay your acetate sheet on a foam mat or other surface so you avoid damaging the surface you are working on. My mat has evenly spaced dots so I know just where to create holes for a more uniform look to the finished project. They are fairly inexpensive, and can be purchased here. Once you have poked holes all the way around with your piercer, (or needle), lay the acetate sheet over the scrapbook paper. Use a small piece of washi tape on each side to hold the pages together neatly. Pierce through the paper, following the holes you already created in the acetate.
We are in the home stretch!
Now, thread your needle and tie a knot in the end. Starting from the back, sew over and under until you have a 3 inch opening. Add in your sequins and/or confetti. If you wish to use glitter, you will need to see around your page twice, so the thread looks like a solid line. If you are a machine sewer, you could absolutely go that route if your machine can power through the acetate. Close up your opening and shake away!
Cover the front of your composition notebook with double sided tape, and add your shaker right on top. So cute, right? I slipped one into my daughters’ desk when I went to Curriculum night.
Congratulations! This shaker technique is super fun and easy to incorporate into card making or scrapbook pages.
I hope you enjoyed this project, and please also check out this post for more ideas on upgrading school supplies.