Make It Meaningful: Altering a Composition Notebook

For today's tutorial I wanted to update an everyday composition notebook. Just in time for school, this fun project can be done within less than 30 minutes. Personalizing school supplies makes them even more special and makes returning to school a little more exciting.

For this project, I'm using the Echo Park Paper "Creative Agenda" collection. This fun collection includes water colored images and fun day-to-day stickers and elements. Perfect for school projects or Filofax decorations, I was excited to get started.

Getting Started: You will need paper, adhesive, stickers, embellishments and a composition book. You can alter any size of book, but keep in mind that a standard size notebook will require two sheets of 12x12" paper.

Step 1: Trace the front (and back) of the composition notebook onto the backside of the patterned paper you wish to use.

Step 2: Use scissors to cut out the paper for both the front and back of the book.

Step 3: Use double-sided sticky tape or your favorite adhesive to attach the paper to the front and back of the book.

Step 4: Add paper, stickers, ribbon and any other embellishments you desire to the front of the book. Keep in mind how the book will be used. If the book will be shoved in a locker, you might want to consider keeping elements flat and then later sealing everything with Modge Podge. In this case, I kept things dimensional.

Here is the completed project again. You can use these same instructions and a different combination of papers, stickers, and embellishments to create an entirely new look.

Did you enjoy this project? Consider shopping from the list below when creating your next project. Purchases made with the links below help to pay for the projects I share here on my blog.

You can also find more "Make It Meaningful" projects like this Halloween Countdown Calendar HERE and a die cut birthday gift box HERE. Search in my sidebar for additional projects under this heading.

Products for this project can be found here:
* Creative Agenda Collection Kit
* Creative Agenda Arrows Decorative Tape
* Creative Agenda Element Stickers
* Creative Agenda 4x6 Stamps
* Creative Agenda Die and Stamp Set
* Creative Agenda Enamel Shapes
* Creative Agenda Flair Badges


  1. Great notebook Jen! I love the wonderful and fun colors!

  2. Oh, I haven't done this in a really long time but it is so fun! Thanks for sharing; I'm going to have to do one for my daughter. And I love this collection (Creative Agenda); somehow I missed seeing it before now. Hoping my LSS has it in stock.


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