DIY Composition Book Journal

DIY Composition Book JournalIt’s a new year, and chances are you have set some goals for new things to try in 2015. A journal or notebook is a great way to record your new undertakings. This made-over composition book can be a daily journal, an exercise or food log, a gratitude journal, a study journal, a quote book, or anything you would like it to be. You can also choose paper that matches your personal style to make this project one of a kind.

Composition Book- suppliesThe Supplies:

  • Composition book
  • 3 sheets of card stock scrapbook paper (size 8 1/2 x 11)
  • one glue stick
  • scissors
  • E6000 glue
  • Sharpie markers
  • numbers stickers or other embellishments (optional)

Composition Book- cut paper to sizeChoose the sheet of paper that will cover the front of the notebook. Match the top corners. With the notebook open, trim off the excess paper. You could also trim the paper after gluing,  just a matter of preference. I trimmed it first so I would not get glue all over the place.

Composition Book- glue paper backingNext, use the glue stick to cover the scrapbook paper. The paper should be thick enough that any little chunks will you can see with disappear when you adhere it to the composition book.

Composition Book- line up paper to edgesWith the glue-covered paper, line up the corner of the paper with the corner of the book and press firmly all over. One nice thing about glue-sticks is they are very forgiving. If it does not line up right the first time, you can peel the paper back and try again. The glue does not set immediately.

Composition Book- trim at bindingTrim any extra paper so the original binding is exposed. The cut does not have to be perfectly straight, it will be covered. Once the paper is correctly placed and trimmed, you can leave it alone to dry for a few minutes.

Composition Book- trim cornersAt any point in the drying process, trim the excess scrapbook paper hanging over the curved corners of the composition book. Once both the front and back sides are glued, trimmed, and set then it’s time to make your binding.

Composition Book- Glue bindingTake the third piece of paper and trim it to the width you like for the binding. I cut my binding paper about 4 inches wide for a bigger, bolder look, but your binding can be smaller if you prefer. Make a strip of E6000 glue along the edge of the original binding. Line up the binding paper and press firmly. You will have to hold it in place for a minute or two, as it tends to slide around without pressure. Once it is set, flip it over and glue the other side. There is no need to have glue all over the curve of the binding. It’s better for your binding cover to have the ability to move a little. That way it won’t pop off when the book is opened.

DIY Composition Book JournalTrim any excess paper that overhangs the edges of the composition book, and embellish the cover any way you like. You can add a title, pull out your sticker collection, or leave it simple and clean. And there you have it! A cute, easy project for all of your new years resolutions!


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