Altered Composition Books

Altered composition notebooks have been around for a long time. When I was in high school I collaged a composition book and used it as a journal. Words and phrases, images and memorabilia were all included...I can still smell the rubber cement!

A while back I ran across a great deal on composition books so I bought a few with hopes of altering them as stampers and scrappers have been doing for a while now. Finally started doing a few this weekend.

Here's the first. The paper is Basic Grey...I find that stuff so easy to work with! I'm using this comp book as the place where we keep notes on our home school activities during the school year. It also holds our goals and reading log.

There are a bunch of composition books in the gallery at 2Peas. Do a search and be amazed.

Things I learned:

*Use lots of adhesive. I used Pioneer Photo Memory Double-Sided Mounting Tape around all the edges and across the middle of each piece. A really good adhesive is key. If I had a Xyron, I think that would have been even better.

*Trim the corners with a craft knife for precision.

*Use sand paper to smoothe off the corners and edges.

Happy Monday!


Sabrina said...


I have some excellent adhesive for this, it is a bookbinding glue from Club Scrap. I'll bring it on Friday!

Nicole said...

Super cute.. good tip for smoothing the edges I made an altered comp book and I got a really bad paper cut from running my finger along the edge... it wasn't a typical papercut.. seriosuly like i took a razor and... you get the picture ;)

Carla said...

Looks great! I may just have to come on over tomorrow night. I've been dying to do some of these!