Mod Podge Notebook

Mod Podge Notebook--A quick, easy and cute way to update a boring composition notebook!

If you are anything like me, you like notebooks.  Big, small, patterned, solid.  I’ve got them scattered around my house and at least three in my diaper bag.  You never know when you’re going to need to make a note or a list.  I’m also one of those people who really likes to write things down and I still have a daily planner.  (My husband buys me a new one every year at Christmas.)

And while deep down I know the purpose of a notebook is just to write things down, another part of me just loves pretty notebooks.  However, I don’t like spending an extra couple dollars just to have a pretty print or a cute quote on the front.  Do you feel the same?

So to make my notebooks cuter, I take advantage of my scrapbook paper fetish and use up some of it on an inexpensive notebook.  I’m sure you’ve seen the composition notebooks at the store.  I found mine at the local dollar store (Dollar Tree).  The front isn’t all that cute and they have these formulas and all sorts of random information on the inside covers that I don’t find useful or pretty.  So I just cover them up and personalize them.   

To make your own notebook, you will need the following:

  • composition notebook
  • mod podge
  • foam brush
  • scissors or paper trimmer
  • 12×12 scrapbook paper
  • vinyl (optional)
  • embellishments (optional)

The first step is to find the scrapbook paper you want to use.  If you’re doing this with a big group, I’d recommend either having everyone bring their own paper or to buy a big pad of 12×12 paper that has coordinating patterns and colors to take some of the guesswork out of it.  (I generally stick to 2-3 pieces of patterned paper.)  Decide which paper you want to use for your main pattern and which will be your accent for the binding.

Mod Podge Notebook--A quick, easy and cute way to update a boring composition notebook!

Cut the main paper in half so you have (2) 6×12 pieces.

Mod Podge Notebook--A quick, easy and cute way to update a boring composition notebook!

Lay the paper on the front of the notebook so there is about 1/2″ overhang on the far right side.  Crease the top and sides so you can see about where to place the paper once you get the mod podge on the notebook.

Mod Podge Notebook--A quick, easy and cute way to update a boring composition notebook!

Using a foam brush, spread the mod podge out on the front of the notebook only covering the area that the 6×12 will cover.

Mod Podge Notebook--A quick, easy and cute way to update a boring composition notebook!

Place the 6×12 paper on top of the notebook.  Be sure to smooth out the bubbles, working from the middle outward.  I have a little plastic tool I use, but you could also use a credit card/gift card to smooth it out.

From here you can do one of two things: 1) cut off the extra paper around the edges, or 2) fold the extra paper around the sides and mod podge it to the inside of the notebook.  I prefer the second option because I think it gives a cleaner look.

Mod Podge Notebook--A quick, easy and cute way to update a boring composition notebook!

Once the front is finished, repeat on the back cover of the notebook.

Mod Podge Notebook--A quick, easy and cute way to update a boring composition notebook!

For the binding, you will need to take the second paper you chose and fold it around the binding, making sure to overlap the main paper by about 1/4-1/2″.  Crease or mark the paper, then trim it to size.

Mod Podge Notebook--A quick, easy and cute way to update a boring composition notebook!

Brush the mod podge on the back of the notebook binding and the front of the notebook.  Then place the binding of the notebook on the paper first, then roll it onto the front.  This will help you center it.  Then mod podge the back of the notebook and fold the paper onto the back.  Again, make sure to press out the bubbles.

Mod Podge Notebook--A quick, easy and cute way to update a boring composition notebook!

Trim the overhanging paper on the top and bottom of the binding using scissors.  It’s easier to trim it if you open up the notebook.

Mod Podge Notebook--A quick, easy and cute way to update a boring composition notebook!

If the inside of your notebook has random formulas and grammar rules like mine did, you can cover those up by mod podging some plain white (or coordinating) cardstock onto the inside.  Easy peasy.

Mod Podge Notebook--A quick, easy and cute way to update a boring composition notebook!

From here, you can be done if you like how it looks, or you can add more embellishments.

I thought it looked a little plain so I just cut out a couple of words from vinyl using my Silhouette and I think it added just the right touch.

Mod Podge Notebook--A quick, easy and cute way to update a boring composition notebook!

These would make great gifts for family or friends to use as journal or to-do list notebooks.  Another cute idea is to use it as a notebook to pass back and forth between you and your child, writing letters or notes to each other.  You could make these for a craft night with your friends or local church group or even a girls camp craft.  Super easy and super inexpensive.

What would you use your notebook for?

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Today I opened my front door and found a jar of jelly sitting there with a cute note attached: “He had a broad face and a little round belly that shook when he laughed, like a ‘jar’ full of jelly”.  Aaaannnddd…cue the fun, creative and yummy treats that start popping up on doorsteps during this Christmas season!

Every year, I like to think of fun treats to give out to friends, neighbors and my husband’s coworkers.  There are so many cute ways to package and label gifts that it seems a shame to repeat any one gift twice!  (Although, I’d probably be the only one who would know…)  Since it would be impossible to make all of the treats I would want to and show you how to present them, I’ve put together a friend and neighbor gift round up for you to pick and choose what you’d like to give.  I’ve just made your holidays easier.  You’re welcome.  *wink*  (Please follow the links for more information and pictures.)

“We could all use a little extra ‘dough’ this Holiday Season.”–cookie dough (free printable from The Things I Love Most)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Everyone could use a little extra ‘dough’ this time of year!”–cookie dough (free printable from Happiness is Homemade)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Homemade cookies would be so fine, but these are so much better than mine!”–box of store bought cookies or dough (from Things That I Create)

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Good Roll and Cut Cookies–the perfect cookies for decorating (from yours truly)

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“We wish you a Merry Christmas and a “Bubbly” New Year!” (free printable from Money Hip Mamas
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Wishing you a Merry KISSmas and a “sparkling” New Year!”–include chocolate kisses (free printable from Tastefully Frugal

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Cheers to some great neighbors!” (from Blue Skies Ahead

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Peppermint Popcorn (recipe and free printable tags from Design Dazzle

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Just POPPING by to wish you a Merry Christmas” (free printable from The Things I Love Most)

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Merry Christmas to all and to all a Movie Night!”–include a Redbox code (free printable from Over the Big Moon)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!
“We’re POPPING by with a holiday ‘Hi!'” (from Things That I Create)

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Jello Popcorn (recipe from Our Best Bites)–I love this stuff!

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“A bit of ‘disposable’ Christmas cheer!  What could be better?  No dishes my dear!” (from Things That I Create)  

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Our Christmas wish to you…less dishes to do!” (from Things That I Create
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!
“May your days be Merry & Sprite and all your Christmases be white” (free printable from It’s Always Autumn)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!
“We’d SODA like to wish you a Merry Christmas!” (free printable from Simply Kierste for Baby Center

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“‘Soda-lighted’ you’re our neighbors!  Merry Christmas!” (from Things That I Create)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!
“‘Twizz’ the season to be jolly!”–Twizzlers (from The Dating Divas

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“There ain’t “muffin” like good friends!”–muffin mix (from Pebbles in my Pocket)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!
“Ho!  Ho!  Ho!  Merry Christmas from the Ding-Dongs next door!”–HoHos and Ding Dongs (from One of A Kind

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“We think you GEYSER awesome and we hope you have a BLAST this Christmas!”–Mentos and Diet Coke (from FLIPZLES

 

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Snowman Soup–hot chocolate, candy canes, chocolate kisses, mini marshmallows (free printable from Ginger Snap Crafts

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Caramel and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels (recipe from Spend With Pennies

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Christmas Crack aka Saltine Cracker Toffee (recipe from I Heart Nap Time)  

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Reindeer Dust–A fun and easy gift for families with children! (click here for a free printable from me!)

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

What are some of your favorite neighbor gifts to give?