Project 6: How to Make a Composition Notebook Journal

originally posted June 2009

Composition notebooks are CHEAP. I picked one up at my local grocery store for around $1.50. You could easily make several composition notebook journals for less than what it would cost for one new journal found at a bookstore or gift shop. All you need is a notebook, some decorative scrapbook papers, tape and a few more items. Most crafters will have the majority of the supplies already on hand in their stash, so the only cost really would be for the composition notebook itself. I made this floral themed journal yesterday afternoon while watching old movies on Turner Classic Movies {my favorite cable channel}.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this journal:

• Composition notebook

• Assorted floral and solid-colored 12 x 12 or 8-1/2 x 11 scrapbook papers {Of note, I used Deja Views The Sharon Ann collection Red Garden Paper Assortment – which is a pack that contains 8 sheets of 12 x 12 papers and 2 sheets of vellum}

• Vellum

• Solid-colored card stock

• Eyelets

• Acid-free double-sided tape

• Black or brown ink pad

• Flower templates {I made my own – 3 different sizes drawn free-hand onto white card stock, cut out, and used for templates}

Tools you’ll need:

• Sharp scissors or paper cutter

• Eyelet setting tools

• Ruler


1. Cut 2 pieces of solid-colored card stock to fit the inside of the front and back covers of the notebook. Tape them to the inside covers and trim the corners to a rounded edge.

2. Cut 2 pieces of patterned paper to fit the outside front and back covers, tape these into place, and trim the corners to a rounded edge.

3. Cut a strip of solid-colored scrapbook paper the length of the notebook and about 1-1/4 inches wide. Tape this to the spine of the notebook.

4. Cut out your flower shapes using patterned and solid scrapbook papers. Outline the edges of the flower shapes with your black or brown ink pad by either directly rubbing the paper edge to the ink pad or inking up a Q-tip and brushing the edges of the flower with the ink.

5. Attach all three flower shapes together in the center with a decorative eyelet.

6. Cut a square out of the solid paper roughly 5-1/4 x 4-3/4 inches. Cut a square out of patterned paper roughly 4-3/4 x 4-1/2 inches. Cut a piece of vellum roughly 4-1/2 x 3-3/4 inches and tear the edges of the vellum. Cut a strip of solid card stock roughly 6-1/2 x 1-1/4 inches. Ink the edges on all of these pieces the same way you did the flowers. Attach these in the following manner: Tape the patterned square to the larger solid square. Tape the strip of card stock in the center. Tape the vellum on top of the strip of card stock. **When taping the vellum, only put a piece of tape in the center of the vellum where it will be covered up by the flower.** Tape the flower on top of the vellum.

7. Cut a strip of solid-colored card stock roughly 3-1/2 x 1-1/4 inches. Cut a strip of patterned paper roughly 3-1/4 x 1 inches. Cut a piece of vellum roughly 3-1/4 x 1 inch. Print the saying “Take time to smell the roses” {or whatever saying you want} onto the vellum using your computer printer. {First I printed the saying onto a sheet of printer paper and then using removable double-sided tape, I taped the piece of vellum over top of the saying on the printer paper and ran it through the printer again.} Let the ink dry on the vellum for awhile and then tear the edges. Ink the edges on all three strips. Tape the patterned piece to the card stock. Attach the vellum using eyelets.

assembled embellishments

8. Finally, tape these embellishments to the front of the notebook as shown on the above finished book.

Make a bunch of these journals in different themes and give them away as gifts. This is a great project for using up scraps and embellishments you have on hand. All you need is a notebook, a paper cutter, and some tape and your good to go.

Happy Crafting!


One thought on “Project 6: How to Make a Composition Notebook Journal

  1. cookiemomma February 28, 2012 / 8:22 pm

    Oh I so like this! Definitely making these! Pinning it!!!

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