Personalized Notebook Tutorial

Personalized Monster Notebook Tutorial

I was very recently discussing with my mother and nephews the importance of pretty office supplies, namely notebooks. We decided that the bulk of available “pretty” notebooks just didn’t float our boats. Now my youngest nephew really digs “Justin Bee-bah” but he doesn’t want to carry around a notebook with the Beeb’s mug on it either.

At the grocery store we saw composition notebooks for fifty cents apiece. Everyone looked at me like I’d gone crazy when I scooped up a whole mess of them, I guess around 8 or 9. But I tossed them into the cart and reminded everybody that I was crafty. We then discussed the possibilities including: googly eyes, glitter, our names and, of course, our names in glitter with googly eyes.

A quick trip into the craft store, raiding the wearable art section for appliques and the general craft section for colorful and printed felts and we were ready to rock out some awesome new notebooks for the little ones to take to school and for us older ones to write grocery lists and blood pressure records!Personalized Notebook Tutorial

For this project you will need:

  • Composition notebooks
  • 2 pieces of felt (per book)
  • applique
  • spray adhesive
  • no-fray or any clear glue (I used Aileene’s Fabric Fusion because I have a whole mess of it)
  • pair of sharp scissors

Personalized Notebook Tutorial

Now I’d like to act like there is some sort of a science to this, because that would make me feel special, but there really isn’t…

Spray your adhesive onto the backside of the felt, align with the black strip of tape on the spine’s binding and stick onto the book’s cover. Use your hands to smooth out any weird bubbles or creases. You have some play, so remove and replace in the right spot if necessary.

Personalized Notebook Tutorial

There’s going to be some overlap that needs to be removed. To save your scissors, allow the glue to dry completely, then trim as close to the cover as possible.

Personalized Notebook Tutorial

Use your no fray or glue to seal the edges of the felt. Typically felt doesn’t fray, but the edges of my notebooks take a beating so this is a precautionary step more than anything. Cover both sides with felt.

Personalized Notebook Tutorial

Take your applique and remove it from the packaging it came in. Play around with it and see where you want it to be permanently glued down to.

Personalized Notebook Tutorial

Spray the back with adhesive and smack the applique down on its new (permanent) home!

Personalized Notebook Tutorial

And this one is all ready to go!

Personalized Monster Notebook Tutorial

We also found some teeny composition books at Dollar General…

Personalized Monster Notebook Tutorial

and my oldest nephew got a whole set of monster notebooks!

Personalized Notebook Tutorial

My youngest nephew is  nuts for sock monkeys. Well, he technically digs any monkeys at all!

Personalized Notebook Tutorial

Gah! Isn’t that just crazy cute?

And here are a few more…

Personalized Notebook Tutorial

Personalized Notebook Tutorial

Personalized Notebook Tutorial

So, to break it down, the notebooks cost 50 cents, the appliques $1-3 (the monograms were $1.20 per letter), colored felt was 25 cents a sheet, patterned felt 50 cents a sheet. All in all the cost per notebook was pretty great. Plus, there’s gonna be no question of which notebook belongs to my kin!  Think you’ll make some especially for the little ones you know going to school here soon, or even yourself?