These are my best tips:
- I cut my paper at 9 3/4" by 6 5/8"- double check your notebook size and if in doubt cut it bigger and trim later. It was more effecient to make a template, then use it mark the back of a paper lightly with pencil. Stack 3 or so together and use a paper slicer to cut them all at once. The leftover strips were spread out at the tables to be used as accents.
- If using glue sticks, apply heavily to the paper, especially the edges. Use the side of your fist to smooth it all out.
- If using mod podge, brush a thin layer onto the book and carefully smooth the paper onto it. Do NOT mod podge over the paper.
- Keep checking the corners to see if they are lifting up and reapply glue as needed.
- After it is dry, open up the book and trim any excess that may stick out over the edges and the corners.
- Use hot glue to apply ribbon and ric rac. Other embellishments seem to be fine with glue sticks.
- We added envelopes inside the covers to hold notes, papers, etc. Someone also covered the inside cover with scrapbook paper, which looked great if you have extra paper!
- Make sure you have a wide variety of embellishments that coordinate with the papers.
- Spread the embellishments out and make sure that there is enough room for people to gather around the tables.
These are the samples that I made before the meeting. They will be used as gifts to welcome new moms during the year.
I think this one is my favorite. It is simple, but so pretty!
After the meeting, I found composition books on clearance SUPER cheap, so I got some more. I had bought another pad of paper for myself because I loved the prints and colors. So, my daughters helped themselves to my craft supplies and made their own journals. Apparently, this makes a really easy kids craft, too!
They are being used as art and writing journals. They made a few others that I didn't snap pics of and are using them at school. They used glue stick and they are still holding up well.
They even found some mini ones and made a coordinating doll journal!
Overall, this was a successful and EASY craft project! It was simple enough that anyone could do it, but had so many creative options for those who want to challenge themselves a bit more.
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