Do you ever make something that the more you look at it and use it, the more you love it? That's how I feel about this composition book I covered. I was getting ready to go to quilt market last fall and wanted a new book to take along ... so the night before I left I whipped up this wool cover. Ya, I know ... totally crazy. I should have been making dinners for my family instead. In truth, the idea had been simmering for a few days. My only rule ... it all had to be wool and I had to use shapes that I had previously cut on my AccuCut ... couldn't cut anything new. I love this book and it's almost painful to use it because I don't want it to get used up ... even though I can easily change into a new book. Sometimes when I'm not writing in it I just look at it. Almost can't believe I made it!
So now that it's Back To School I'm haunting Office Max. Last year I found some great Mead composition books with graph pads on the top half of the page and lined below that for taking notes. I only bought one ... what was I thinking! They also had some that were blank at the top of the page ... and my other favorite ... primary school with those great big lines and the dashes dividing the line in half. What is it about writing on that kind of paper that is so intriguing? (I loved first grade!!)
When I'm not covering the books with fabric I love to pull out the scrap book paper and cover them with that. Here are a few notebook projects I did for OLFA so you can cover your own notebooks. My friend Liz used the directions for all the girls who were there for her Super Bowl party ... while the guys were whooping it up in the family room they were huddled around her work table cutting paper and sticking it to the books. She said they had a blast personalizing them! I just picked up some Halloween paper and am itching to cover a book with it!
In addition to the regular composition notebooks, Mead makes these little memo books ... love these just as much ... I use them to track my projects ... to keep my grocery list handy ... all kinds of things. Sometimes I cover them with paper ... others I go a little bit further and make a stinkin' cute fabric cover like the one below. Print out some images and you can really personalize them.
So now that I've told you ... don't go running down to Office Max and cleaning them out, ok? Well ... the Maplewood location is going to be bare so I guess you can go to the other locations. Don't you just love notebooks???