Thursday, June 23, 2016

Project: Altered Composition Book

Altering a composition book is quite easy and a big bang for your buck. I've done quite a few over the years. I've given them as gifts and included them in giveaways.

All you need is a handful of items to make one. Here is a list of supplies you will need to make yours.


  • Composition Book
  • Paper Cutter
  • Corner Rounder
  • Scissors
  • Washi Tape
  • Cardstock
  • Background and Texture Paper/Cardstock
  • 18" Long Ribbon (optional)
  • Picture My Life/Project Life Cards (optional)
  • Embellishments (optional)
  • Modge Podge (optional)
  • Scotch Liquid Fast Drying Adhesive (optional)
  • ATG or other tape adhesive (optional)

Once you have gathered all your supplies you need to make a design decision. Do you want your covers to butt-up to the black binding on the composition book or do you want it to overlap. When you overlap it I suggest you cover the binding with a layer of washi. If you choose this method I also suggest you to use Modge Podge to secure the binding edge. If you choose to use Modge Podge a handy TIP is to use liquid glue to adhere the covers you will be using it on. Simply use a very light thin layer. By doing this you minimize the buckling of the paper from the Modge Podge. Below is a sample.

I generally use regular cardstock for the inside covers and background & texture paper for the front and back covers. However, this isn't a must.

Cutting Measurements:

  • Inside Covers - 7 1/8" x 9 3/4"
  • Front and Back Covers
    • Buttup to binding - 6 3/4" x 9 3/4"
    • Overlapping binding - 7" x 9 3/4"

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