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Topic: Refurbished Composition Book (with Tutorial)  (Read 3671 times)
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papermuse
« on: March 07, 2007 11:04:45 AM »

Although I make most of my own notebooks, I wanted one with lines and bought a cheap old composition notebook. Not wanting to be seen publicly with something so drab, I decided to give it some style.

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I also added some pockets to the inside covers for small notes and receipts. I am sooooo in love with this paper, and have bought several sheets of it for many different projects.

To do this yourself:
1. Using medium-grit sandpaper (I used 220 grit), lightly sand the outside covers of the notebook. This will take some of the gloss off and allow the papers to stick to the covers properly. Wipe off the sand residue with a damp cloth and let dry completely.

2. Find some decorative papers that you like, and cut them slightly larger than the covers of the notebook.

3. Glue the papers in place (I normally use PVA glue or Aleene's Original Tacky Glue, as I find glue stick adhesives tend to come undone after a while).

4. Once your glue is completely dry (about 15 minutes), lightly sand the edges of the covers using your 220-grit sandpaper. This will smoothe out the cover edges and give the notebook a weathered look. Wipe off sand residue with an ever-so-slightly damp cloth.

5. Wrap ribbon around the front cover and tie into a bow. Add a few spots of glue to keep the ribbon in place.

6. Add pockets or envelopes to the inside covers if you so desire.

7. Voila - a super duper notebook you won't be embarrassed to carry around!
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2007 06:49:09 PM »

 Grin wow, thanks for providing a tutorial!! I wish I had been so original back when I was in school Smiley i really have to give this one a try!! did you put any type of coating over the top of the cover to make sure your paper doesn't wear off?
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papermuse
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2007 07:19:40 PM »

No, I didn't put any coating on top of the paper. I actually like it when my books look worn...

If you really wanted to protect it, you could always spread on a few coats of gel medium (let it dry completely between coats).

Thanks for looking!
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cinnamon teal
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2007 07:26:05 PM »

This is really beautiful.  Thanks for the tutorial! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2007 07:25:22 AM »

Wow! That paper really is beautiful! No wonder you stocked up! Where is it from?

Great job on the notebook!
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papermuse
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2007 07:37:14 AM »

I found this paper in a few different scrapbooking stores. It's made by Basic Grey, under their Blush line of papers. This specific paper is named "Cherish". I really can't get enough of it - I've used it to make three different types of books already, with plans for more...  Smiley
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auburngirl
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2007 09:38:45 AM »

Gorgeous!  Thanks for the tute!  (I bought 10 sheets of that paper myself!!)

Here's my take...

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papermuse
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2007 08:50:07 AM »

Here's my take...


Awesome! I love the snails - it that scrapbooking or another type of paper?
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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2007 10:20:52 AM »

I love both of your's! I need to try this out!!! I love the paper!
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2007 05:46:44 PM »

It's scrapbook paper...I got it at a local store (which I can tell you the name of if you happen to live near Boulder/Denver) but I can get the brand if anybody wants it.
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