As you know it is Back to School time and as parents we are busy putting together all the things they will need to start off the new year. This year one of the things that was on the recommended school supply list for my daughter was a composition notebook. No problem, right? This time of year Wal-mart or Target has them on sale for like 40 cents. I can handle that....til you step into The Children's Place and your daughter sees them covered in glitter and retailing for $4.95. Seriously! I would never pay 5 bucks for something I can make for less than a dollar.
knock off was ridiculously easy to do, and cheap. I paid 40 cents for the notebook, 25 cents for the sponge brush, and the rest of the stuff I already had on hand from past projects.
Here is a little of what you will need.
The freezer paper is optional. I used it because I can tape it to the counter and it gave me a larger workspace than regular paper. If I had a leftover paper grocery bag I would have used that, but I didn't, so I used the freezer paper instead.
The glitter I used had a fine texture and was leftover from another project. I suppose any glitter will do, but I would recommend fine glitter, as coarse glitter might make the notebook too rough.
First, take your painters tape and carefully cover the black binding of your composition notebook. Then place a piece of paper under the cover of your notebook to protect the pages of your notebook from the Mod Podge.
Now add a healthy layer of Mod Podge with a sponge brush to the cover of your composition notebook.
Next add a healthy layer of glitter, shaking off the excess, repeating several times. Once that is done, set it aside, and let it dry. This can take anywhere from a couple of hours to overnight depending on how thick your Mod Podge was.
Once it is dry, add another layer of Mod Podge. This will help seal in the glitter and give the notebook a smoother texture. Again, let that dry. Once it is dry you can remove the blue tape. Then you are done. If you want, you can repeat the process on the back cover.
Have fun with it. We (my daughter and I) are already planning on making another one, but this time I am going to let her get some bling at the craft store to decorate her notebook. This one won't be for school but for home, because like last year she will also need something for her writing homework. A special notebook for this task worked wonders for us last year, so I am all over making her another one. As they say you gotta start the year off right. :)
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I will be linking this project to some of these linky parties.