They are also great blank canvases for personalizing.
The miniature composition books are 4.5 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide and have 80 pages, or 160 if you use the front and back of them. For my purse, I prefer a way to close them, and a bookmark to find the page I'm on quickly.
For this project you will need:
- Miniature composition notebook
- Mod Podge- I like Mod Podge Matte for these
- Pretty paper in 2 colors- heavy enough the black won't show through- I used scrapbook paper
- scissors- I used both plain and decorative edgers
- scoring tool- bone folder or even a knitting needle
- 1/8 inch hole punch
- 1 brad- also known as brass fasteners
- 1/4 inch wide elastic
- embroidery floss
- a small charm
- foam brush to apply Mod Podge
- Plate or scrap of paper to put Mod Podge on to use
Start by tracing the notebook on the back of your main color of paper. Then draw a second line a half inch away from it on 3 sides- 1 long and 2 short. Cut it out, then use that piece as a pattern for the second piece. Use the Mod Podge to affix the paper to the outside of each cover. Diagram shows how it looks on the inside.
Trim the corners at a 45 degree angle, then lightly score the paper as close to the edge of the notebook as possible.
Fold in edges, and glue down with Mod Podge.
Now you'll attach the elastic. Punch a hole in the back cover, centered vertically and about an inch from the outside edge of the notebook.
Put the bookmark in so the charm hangs out just a bit from the bottom, fold the top part of the floss over the spine, and glue it down.
Now glue the contrast paper over the spine.
Let it dry for 20 minutes, then go over the cover with more Mod Podge, let that dry for 20 minutes, and put on another coat of Mod Podge. Work around the brad and elastic on the back cover.
Let it dry completely, slip the elastic over the cover, and it's ready to go!
These make wonderful little gifts too. Other than drying time, they are very quick and simple to make. You can further personalize them using photos, stickers, and paper cutouts on the covers.
Plaid sent me the Mod Podge Starter Pack at no cost to use for projects on Don't Eat the Paste. Be sure to like them on Facebook for lots of links and ideas.
The starter pack has 2 ounces bottles of Mod Podge Sparkle, Mod Podge Matte, Mod Podge Gloss, Mod Podge Outdoors and Mod Podge Paper.