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Make Two Journals from One Composition Notebook

Today, I have a project for you that might make a nice gift (for you or someone else!) 

It’s an easy, altered composition notebook journal that’s fun and customizable.  The bonus is, you will get two journals from just one composition notebook.

how to alter a composition notebook

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How to Make 2 Journals from One Composition Notebook

You know those composition notebooks that are everywhere at back to school time?  (They always have them at the dollar store too, but during back to school they are cheap at the discount stores.)  You can even get them with graph paper (for bullet journaling or lettering practice.)

Years ago, I discovered that you can have them cut in half at most office supplies stores, for a small charge.  You then have two notebooks for the price of one. Plus, they’re such a cute size.

When decorated, these make really cute gifts.

These would make great planners, bullet journals, list books, recipe books, travel journals, baby journals, etc. (For example, you could use a vintage map or map scrapbook paperto make a travel journal, fun cooking related paper to make a recipe book, etc.  Or use plain cardstock -kraft colored, black, white, etc.-, and stamp the designs, handletter, etc.)

How to make a journal from half a composition notebook - anartfulmom.com

I think a tween or teen would love this fun, flowery gratitude journal.


Here’s what to do:

  • Take your full size composition book to an office supply store. Ask them to cut it in half. (Your cut book will measure roughly about 7.5 inches wide by about 5 inches tall.)
  • Measure the front cover of the book, and cut heavyweight pattern paper/cardstock to fit.  You can use a corner rounder for the rounded corner, or just trace around the front of the book.  Adhere the paper/cardstock onto the cover.  Repeat for the back cover.  (I didn’t include the black bound edge in my front cover measurement. Instead, I cut a piece of pattern paper with larger flowers and glued it around the bound edge.  You can also just leave that edge black. Or use pretty duct tape.)  I glued ribbon next to the edge. 
  • I punched both scalloped and regular circles and stamped my designs, before gluing them to the cover.  
  • I didn’t do this, but it could be helpful to brush on some Mod Podge Waterbase Paper Sealer over the cardstock or paper cover, to protect it, especially if you’ll be carrying your notebook around with you or if it’s for a child 
  • To define the edges, I rubbed some black ink along them, which is personal preference of course!
How to make a bullet  journal from half a composition notebook ~ anartfulmom.com

Have fun with it, and I’d love to know how you would use your journal.

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  1. This is a fantastic idea, and so cute! I'm a teacher and we use interactive notebooks to take notes, but rarely seem to use a whole page- I might have to try this at school!

    1. Thanks, Kelsey! That would be a great idea at school! My school journals always were about half a page full, now that you mention that!

  2. This would make a great back to school gift for teachers! I love all the pretty colors! Thanks for sharing with us at the Snickerdoodle Link Party – this will be one of my features this Saturday at This Autoimmune Life!

  3. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

  4. Pam, what an awesome project!
    Congrats on being a featured guest at our 500th Inspire Me Monday party at Create With Joy –
    Come celebrate with us! 🙂

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