Apr 30, 2017

Composition books

Slip a plastic bag over the inside pages for protection.  Spread glue evenly over the cover, attach a sheet of lightweight cardstock butted to the black binding (this is a kraft pack of 50 from JoAnn's), smooth out with a barrel ink pen or roller.  Open cover and trim cardstock with utility knife or scissors, remove any excess glue on the inside, do the same to the back cover, stamp!  You could also print something on the cardstock first.  If you do, make sure to protect it with Krylon's Matte Finish 1311 spray or ModPodge before gluing.  I'm sure I could do a sampler, but I have other journals for that and I like the simplicity of these.
Wouldn't the tiny ones make nice favors or place cards?  A verse or quote printed in a nice font?  Lots of possibilities and the best part - they are really cheap so mistakes aren't costly.  The only problem I had was using too much glue on the edges and it seeped to the inside of the cover, and while drying they warp.  I held them closed on the very edge with rubber bands for an hour or you could use a weight.  Centering a nail file or cardboard strip beneath the covers before this was helpful, makes the cover bend in slightly.  For my mache journals another paper glued to the inside of the covers prevented the warp.  Now.  Did you really need all these details? 
Absolutely not.
 
 
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11 comments:

Robin in Virginia said...

Marly, great idea! Where did you find the mini composition books?

Carol said...

Love these, Marly! I actually use a composition book (covered with a fabric cover) to keep track of my finishes. Will definitely file this idea away for future gift giving--thank you!

deb said...

Not need the details? Of course we do! What a delightful idea - they look great.

Linda said...

Love your details. They're what makes for a great project. Thanks.

Paula said...

GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing.

Winnie Nielsen said...

These are a great idea! And yes, thanks for the details. They would make some very clever gifts that could be personalized to the age of the recipient.

Anonymous said...

Hi Marly, Love this project idea! Thanks for sharing it! Your details are always appreciated!! Have a great week! SAH

dq said...

ohh now i think i can do this myself thanx for the directions!
dq

Goofin' Off Around the Block said...

What a great way to brighten up those composition notebooks. Thanks for the tutorial.

10 Tips to Become a Blogging Expert said...

This is a great concept of creating the Composition books. When i was young, we used to create scrap books and decorated them with different stickers to create them more attractive

10 Tips to Become a Blogging Expert said...

This is a great concept of creating the Composition books. When i was young, we used to create scrap books and decorated them with different stickers to create them more attractive

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