DIY Personalized back to school projects

One of my nieces will be entering middle school this year. In an effort to sent her back to school in style, she and I worked on a few projects  that will make her stand out – in a good way.

Personalized Composition Book

Staples had a sale on composition books – they were 10 cents each – and although they had some cool designs, we thought that we would kick things up a notch by creating a personalized note book.

Under my nieces direction, I created the graphic in Adobe Illustrator and printed it on 11×17 paper to create the back and front covers.

Back and Front cover

I ran the graphic through my Xyron sticker maker machine and attached it to the cover of the note book. (check out to view additional ideas and instructions). Next, I cut the paper the fit the contour of the note book and that’s it – you are ready for the first day of school.

I was having so much fun creating books for her, I decided to update a some of my old spiral note books. First, I removed the spiral binding (see instructions here, then I print a large lower case letter a on 8.5×11 paper and attached it to the exiting cover. I trimmed the excess paper and reattached the cover.

A is for ....

The next note book was a more analog approach. I traced the letter a on some scrapbook paper and used my exact-o knife to cut it out. I overlayed it on some marbleized paper (that I made) and attached it to the cover of the note book.

The Analog Approach

Tell me about your Back to school projects.




  • This is so cute! I can’t wait for our daughter to get older so I can make fun things like this for her 🙂 Thanks for sharing, found you at Tip Junkie

  • Melanie says:

    Love this post! Hope you’ll link it and any other kid or teen related posts that you have to our “Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings” party tomorrow!


  • shannon says:

    Your going to need to stock up on supplies to make more of these. They are so cool! Your neice is a lucky (and stylish) girl. All her friends will want one, I know my girls would.

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