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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Taking Advantage!

Isn't it fun when you can take something so plain and dress it up to be so cute you don't want to use it?? LOL

This is the time of the year when you can find some REALLY great bargains on school supplies!!! And I mean REALLY great deals. These little composition notebooks are always so expensive but at this time of the year you can get them for a song and a dance. Well, not really. I got kicked out of Wal-mart for the "song and dance" thing and I'm not allowed back!!! And if you heard me sing or saw me dance you'd understand!!! LOL

I have to tell you a little story about what happened to me on Mother's Day this year. We were at Perkins for dinner and "Blueberry Hill" was playing on their sound system. I started singing along and DH asks me "who sings that song?" I told him, "Fats Domino." And he says to me, "Let's keep it that way!" LOL There's a music critic in every family, isn't there? LOL

Ok, back to this fun composition book. I thought it would be fun to dress them up a bit. It's nice to have them decorated a bit so they would never get mixed up with someone elses. This would be a great project for the kids to do on their notebooks. It personalizes them plus gives them some fun things to do with their notebooks. I was going to add some buttons or buckles and ribbons to this but realized I was going to be putting mine in my purse and those fun embellishments wouldn't stay on there for long. And they'd probably get caught on something else in my purse. Certainly not money!!! Never any of that in there anymore!!! LOL

To cover these notebooks you just put your card stock over the notebook and take a pencil and make light marks where you need to do your cutting. It's very rare to find the font and back of the notebook to be equal because of the way the spine piece is put on. So you will need to cut the front and back out separately. And again for the spine piece you'll just lay a piece of card stock over the black, add a little more and mark where the folds go. I used the bone folder to make a nice sharp fold. And do the same for the back part of the spine.

Decorate your notebooks as you like. Keep in mind where these are going to used before you load them up with embellishments!!! It's probably best to keep them simple.

I used the "notes" stamp I had from Vista Print. You can order your own custom stamp from them or Stampin' Up! and have your notebooks say what you want. I'm wondering if I had one made by Stampin' Up! then it would never retire now would it????? Hmmmm, there's a thought I'm going to have to pursue!!!!! Then I can use it on any notebooks I make and it would still be all Stampin' Up! products!!! Ok, guess what I'm ordering??? LOL

Ok, now when you pick up those notebooks for the kiddies help them decorate them up for school!! Or dress them up yourself and suprise them on the first day of school!

Click here to view my other notebooks for more ideas!

Thank you SO much for stopping by,


Andrea said...

Super cute. I've got to go school shopping closer to the kids actually going back to school - other wise I start altering the stuff we bought for them! Hee hee.

Diane Gilbert said...

These notebook are so fun! Your's is adorable!

Sandie said...

I love all of your creations. You make it look so easy. I have nominated you for a blog award, and listed you on my blog. I hope that's ok.

Lori A. said...

CUTE! I have yet to alter one of these composition books...even though I bought one for this very purpose. LOL I did alter another little hardcover notebook I have, though. It was fun!

Charlene H. said...

I just started making these. I am not sure if yours is the mini one (3 1/4 X 4 1/2). I am making a whole bunch for my new catalogue party. I found them at the dollar store - 4 for $1.00! I like how you cover the spine - I will have to try that. You are just so helpful. Thanks!

Lynette said...

Very cool - great notebook! It's so pretty.

Maria Matter said...

Love it,love it, love it!!!! Wanda, this is a wonderful idea...every notebook in the house will be decorated now!! Just kidding, if I can actually get one done, I'll send you a picture! Blessings!

Unknown said...

I so love making these, never thought to make them up for the girls to take to school, thanks for that wonderful idea. I am going to pick some up for me when we go shopping along with some glue sticks - only after I have completed my 30/30 challenge.