Here are some super simple notebooks that you can make for back to school ideas. Use them either as an activity or for party favors if you’re having a school themed party. Or you could give one to your favorite teacher. Gifts are always welcome, just sayin.

1. You will need a 5″ x 8″ notepad cut in half, a paper trimmer, scrapbooking paper, double sided tape, embellishments. Most office supply stores will cut your notepad in half for a small fee.

2. Trim your scrapbooking paper to fit the width the of the notepad–about 2. 5 inches, leaving extra paper in the length.

3. Carefully line up the paper at the bottom of the notepad and fold the paper over the top of the notepad and down the back. Trim the excess paper in the back, leaving enough to cover a bit of the back of the notepad.

4. Using double sided tape, tape over the small top part of the notepad (it’s green on the example) in the front, on the top, and in the back. Refit the scrapbooking paper over the notepad and press the paper to the double stick tape. Your scrapbooking paper cover should only stick to the small top part of the notepad so that you can lift the cover and write on the notepad.

5. Embellish however you’d like. We stamped the date of the school year on one notebook and the name of the teacher on another. And I like to add ribbon as well. If you have any questions, ask me in the comments.

For more back to school ideas, click on the tag below. Photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat. ©One Charming Party.

9 Comments

  1. How do you cut the thing in half?

    Belinda    Tuesday, August 17, 2010
  2. Belinda–Do you mean the notepad? Office supply stores and copy shops have a cutting machine that can cut the notepads in half. I always buy my notepads at a chain office supply store like Office Max or Office Depot and while I’m there I pay to have them cut the notepads in half. Does that help?

    Brittany    Tuesday, August 17, 2010
  3. Hi!! Where do you get your cute scrapbooking papers?

    carrie    Tuesday, August 17, 2010
  4. Completely! Thank you. I had no idea you could have that done. It seemed like a lot of work to do with a pair of scissors.

    Belinda    Tuesday, August 17, 2010
  5. Aww, that’s so cute! Thanks for the great idea, I’ll be linking to this!

    Rachel    Tuesday, August 17, 2010
  6. Carrie–I bought these scrapbooking papers at a local store called Robert’s Crafts.

    Brittany    Tuesday, August 17, 2010
  7. I just did these for my girls – i used kiwi paper, embroidered their names on it and stuck it on – came out so cute and it was quick

    Thanks for the great idea!

    Jacqui    Saturday, August 21, 2010
  8. Have you ever tried cutting them yourself with a paper trimmer, or?

    Peggy    Sunday, August 22, 2010
  9. Peggy–No, I’ve never tried cutting the notebooks with a paper trimmer. It’s so cheap to get them cut at the office supply store, so I just have it done when I buy the notebooks. Let me know if you try it and it works.

    Brittany    Sunday, August 22, 2010

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