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As soon as each Damask Love Live “student” walked into Scrapbook Territory, she got an assignment! Walk around the store and find ONE 12×12 sheet of patterned paper that best fits your crafting style! Considering that Scrapbook Territory houses thousands of sheets of 12×12 paper, this was not simple task.

No one had any clue what we would be doing with those sheets of paper until we got started on this project: Custom Composition Notebooks. I wanted each “student” to leave with a notebook that they actually liked, so instead of choosing the paper for them, they got to select it themselves!

For the notebooks, I opted for 5×8″ notebooks from Guided Products, an awesome company that sells simple paper supplies all created from recyced materials. They even sell those coveted kraft mini binders that are popular for creating birthday binders!  While you can definitely replicate this project with traditional composition notebooks, I love that the notebooks from Guided Products  don’t contain any graphics or printing on the inside of the covers, making for a clean and neat finished product.

Damask Live Live Revisited: Custom Composition Notebooks | Damask Love Blog

Damask Live Live Revisited: Custom Composition Notebooks | Damask Love Blog

To complete a notebook just like ours you’ll need:

{1} Use PVA glue to cover the front and back of your notebook with patterned paper, stopping about 1/2 shy of the spine edge of the notebook. This edge will be covered with bookcloth

{2} Trim around the edge to remove any excess patterned paper

{3} Use a burnishing block to smooth any rough or uneven edges

{4} Apply PVA glue to the bookcloth and adhere it to the spine. You can get creative with trim too!

{5} Use the Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the top and bottom of the back cover then insert the elastic and secure with an eyelet.

{6} Place your monogram on the cover for a customized look!

Damask Live Live Revisited: Custom Composition Notebooks | Damask Love Blog

Damask Live Live Revisited: Custom Composition Notebooks | Damask Love Blog


Damask Live Live Revisited: Custom Composition Notebooks | Damask Love Blog


Damask Live Live Revisited: Custom Composition Notebooks | Damask Love Blog Damask Live Live Revisited: Custom Composition Notebooks | Damask Love Blog

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49 thoughts on “Custom Composition Notebooks

  1. Omg I’ve always wanted to buy one, but haven’t bit the bullet.
    Last thing I bought were quilling tools. I’m just learning this technique and am loving it.

  2. This notebook is amazing!!!!
    The last tool that I bought was a fiskars paper trimmer that has the 6inch wide base. I love it!!

  3. I bought a big tool – an Ebosser – and it is great! I am especially liking the magnetic shim so that my dies don’t slide around.

  4. What delightful notebooks – love how they’re monogrammed! I think the last tool I bought was the Tiny Attacher, by Tim Holtz 🙂

  5. Adorbs! I bought the EK Success Large Swiss Cheese punch to make confetti. It arrive yesterday. Thanks for the chance to win Amber!

  6. I just can’t wait to make these notebooks!The last tool I purchased was a Fiskars 12-inch paper trimmer….perfect for this project! lol

  7. Love that elastic band detail around the notebooks! It makes them just a bit more special! Thanks for the chance to win and for sharing about all of the fun!

  8. My recent craft purchase was fabric glue and some paintbrushes! I was crafting a picture frame with fabric and paint

  9. The last tool I bought was a Fiskers scoring board, but I have a bunch of other tools on my list that I really want.

  10. The last cool tool that I purchased? My ATG gun! I use that sucker constantly! Not my only cool tool, mind you, but the latest.

  11. I can’t remember what the last tool I purchased was, but I’m itchin’ to get one of those new punch boards.

  12. I want to try this so badly.. Ever since I saw your sneak peek on Facebook of the georgous golden triangles notebook .. I have been planning to try it. Getting tools here in India is not easy and affordable. I bought a Martha S score board recently

  13. I bought a laminator. I’m in the process of creating my dream teacher planner for the school year and I knew I definitely had to have laminated pages and dividers so…voila! I purchased a laminator and I absolutely love it so far!

  14. The latest tool I bought was a paper trimmer, boring right! I have got o be more adventurous !

  15. Love these notebooks…the elastic bands really add to it. my last tool purchase was a MS scoreboard. Love it and still playing around with it.

  16. Oh these turned out super cute!!! The last cool tool I bought was actually a paper trimmer at Staples, but, alas, I brought it home and it had been used!!! It had chunks out of the plastic and wouldn’t cut straight!! So it’s still in my art room waiting to be exchanged!!! Because it really is pretty cool!!!!

  17. Love, love! And these would make such great gifts. Thanks for sharing where to buy the great elastic banding, too. Last crafting tool I purchased was a Smash pen. I use it for all my Project Life stuff! If that doesn’t count then the last thing before that was my ATG gun – which has been one of the best purchases ever. Love that thing!!

  18. I like your class on book binding, it reminds me of a class taught at Paper Source but you are definitely a cooler teacher. A cool tool is my new Spectrum Noir set. I have a crop a dile and it is a great tool.

  19. I bought a Fiskars 5.5 inch wide cutter to keep close at hand…love it and I love what you did with those books…great idea for personalizing journal gifts for friends!

  20. The Envelope Maker by We R Memory Keepers. After seeing your blog post, I just HAD to have it! And I’m so glad you enabled me to get it. It’s so handy to have.

  21. Chop a dile Corner chomper that I love making gift tag cards. Love your custom composition notebooks. I have made them before and made a bit of a messy but your way is so easy and I love the bitsy bands. I can’t wait to order the books and bands and make them for gifts with all the pretty paper that I own.

  22. Wow, these are wonderful! Thank you!

    I just wanted to let you know that you don’t have to buy the Guided notebooks in bulk. They are available in 3-packs at

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