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Decorated Mini Comp Book
These decoupaged mini composition books slip easily into a purse or pocket for quick notes. They are inexpensive to make and are a nice gift for friends.

Posted by Shala from Anchorage, Alaska, United States • Published See Shala's 8 projects »
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  • How to make a paper book cover. Paper Covered Mini Composition Books - Step 1
    Step 1

    Work with small puddles of Mod Podge. Only as much as you'll use for each step.

    Start by tracing the notebook on the back of your main color of paper. Then draw a second line a half inch away from it on 3 sides- 1 long and 2 short. Cut it out, then use that piece as a pattern for the second piece. Use the Mod Podge to affix the paper to the outside of each cover. Diagram shows how it looks on the inside.

  • How to make a paper book cover. Paper Covered Mini Composition Books - Step 2
    Step 2

    Trim the corners at a 45 degree angle, then lightly score the paper with the bone folder or another scoring tool as close to the edge of the notebook as possible.

  • How to make a paper book cover. Paper Covered Mini Composition Books - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fold in edges, and glue down with Mod Podge.Let it dry for 20 minutes, then cover one side with Mod Podge. Let that dry for 20 minutes, then cover the other side with Mod Podge. Let it dry for 20 minutes.

  • How to make a paper book cover. Paper Covered Mini Composition Books - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now you'll attach the elastic. Punch a hole in the back cover, centered vertically and about an inch from the outside edge of the notebook.

  • How to make a paper book cover. Paper Covered Mini Composition Books - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut 6 inches of elastic, seal the ends with just a dab of Mod Podge, other glues will work, but the Mod Podge is right there! Then make a small cut a half in from each end.

  • How to make a paper book cover. Paper Covered Mini Composition Books - Step 6
    Step 6

    Make a loop with the elastic, and slide the brad into both slits, then through the hole in the cover. Open the "legs" to affix it in place. It will slide over the notebook to keep it closed like below. But for the next part you need to be able to open the book, so slide the elastic off the front cover again.

  • How to make a paper book cover. Paper Covered Mini Composition Books - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut 2 sheets of the contrast paper to fit the inside covers and glue them into place.

  • How to make a paper book cover. Paper Covered Mini Composition Books - Step 8
    Step 8

    Take a piece of floss about 16 inches long, and thread the charm on it, match up the ends, then tie a small overhand knot above the charm in the middle of the strand.

  • How to make a paper book cover. Paper Covered Mini Composition Books - Step 9
    Step 9

    Put the bookmark in so the charm hangs out just a bit from the bottom, fold the top part of the floss over the spine, and glue it down.

  • How to make a paper book cover. Paper Covered Mini Composition Books - Step 10
    Step 10

    Cut a piece of contrast paper that's 3 inches wide by 4.5 inches tall. This is a good place for decorative scissors for the long edges.
    Glue the contrast paper over the spine.

  • Step 11

    Let it dry for 20 minutes, then go over the cover with more Mod Podge, let that dry for 20 minutes, and put on another coat of Mod Podge. Work around the brad and elastic on the back cover.

  • How to make a paper book cover. Paper Covered Mini Composition Books - Step 12
    Step 12

    Let it dry completely, slip the elastic over the cover, and it's ready to go!

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