This instructable will show how to refurbish and fancy up (up-do) plain composition books or spiral bound notebooks.
I'm a middle school art teacher and use some of my projects presented on Instructables as lessons for my students. My students are required to have a notebook for daily use in class. But sometimes students aren't able to purchase a notebook, so I recycle one that is from a student who moved or one that had a lot of use left and was saved for this purpose. But because the notebooks are used, this project makes them more attractive and therefore more acceptable.
Second, many of my students are lower income and cannot afford fancy notebooks and this project makes the plain and sometimes cheap notebook into a stronger and more useful material. The spiral bound notebooks are usually more economical, but the metal spirals have the tendency to come loose, or worse snag on everything. Covering the spiral with cloth keeps it from snagging and also unwinding.
Third and probably most important, when students spend time decorating their notebooks and personalizing them, they care for them more and are more likely to use them!
Step 1: Measure and Glue
Step 2: Finishing
- You may create a bookmark to help you find your place. This needs to be made of fabric or ribbon.
You may do as many of these ribbons as you need. On one example, I included 3 ribbons (one for each grade level that I teach).
- You may include a pocket in the end paper to store things. You may include a pocket on the outside. I’ll show a pocket you can make on the inside of the notebook too. I'm not showing a pocket to hold a pen/pencil as I don't want my students to copy that example and add extra bulk as I have storage issues.
- You could make a wrap around ribbon that ties or buttons or uses Velcro to close.