Decorated Composition Notebooks for Back to School

by Amanda on August 6, 2012

It’s August and that means it’s time to start thinking about back to school supplies. As your elementary aged children get older, one of the things you’ll see on their supply lists are composition notebooks. You can get them just about anywhere, discount department stores, office supply stores and yes, even the dollar store. They are pretty boring as they stand, so why not jazz them up with your child as a fun way to get ready for their first day?

Decorated Composition Notebooks

Supplies you will need for this project:

  • Composition notebook
  • Scrapbook paper (we used school themed)
  • Adhesive spray
  • Glue stick
  • Craft knife or box cutter (parental supervision advised)
  • Scissors

Decorated Composition Notebooks

To begin, choose a piece of scrapbook paper that is large enough to completely cover the front of the notebook, leaving the black binding visible. Spray the back side of the scrapbook paper with adhesive spray. Carefully line up the edge of the paper with the black binding on the cover. Press in place and turn the notebook over and press firmly.

Decorated Composition Notebooks

As you can see there will be edges that need to be trimmed.

Decorated Composition Notebooks

Open the notebook so that the cover is lying face up. Use a craft knife to trim off all but about half an inch. Fold that extra over onto the inside of the cover. Press firmly.

Decorated Composition Notebooks

Now that the notebooks are covered, you will want to decorate them. Cut simple shapes from contrasting scrapbook papers and use a glue stick to attach them to the front.For girls, simple daisies are easy and look great! For boys, a rocket or a truck is simple using standard shapes like triangles and squares.

Decorated Composition Notebooks

Here’s a close up of the fun back to school papers we found!

Have fun and make heading back to school an adventure!

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