This is the best time of year to stock up on those Composition Notebooks – they go on sale, so grab a bunch. They might be kind of plain, but with some patterned vinyl from Expressions Vinyl, they get a whole new look! And then if you really want to step it up, you can add the child’s name:
So, first off, if you want to just cover the ugly part of the notebook and not do the name, you can totally do this with just an exacto knife – no need for a cutting machine:
Here’s a before and after of what some fun patterned vinyl can do to transform the notebook:
Now, if you are wanting to do a name, since letters are more intricate, you’ll probably want a cutting machine (although if you’re patient and/or crazy you could probably hand-cut a name). I want to show you a trick I used called “Offset” when using my Silhouette Cameo. See above how the name kind of runs in with the background. I thought it’d be nice to have a barrier of white vinyl around the name, and it turns out it’s super simple to do. You can see the difference here – on “Emmy” I used the Offset Feature and there is a layer of white vinyl under the name.
So – type out what you want, like so (I love the Silhouette because you can use all the fonts you have already on your computer) – –
Then just hit the “Offset” Button – it’s the one I circled below – – and then click “offset” – – it’ll look weird at first – –
But, then drag the offset section away from the words and you’ll see that it’s perfect.
I had the background of herringbone, then the offset of white, and the name in glitter. Oh yeah.
Layer it all together – –
And then stick it on – – voila! That offset added just the slight emphasis that I was looking for:
Whether you cut with a machine or by hand, this is a fun project to involve your kiddos with – let them pick the vinyl color, where to place the name, push on the vinyl, etc. Fun fun!