Composition Notebook Makeover

I love this back-to-school composition notebook makeover project because Boo made it up all by herself!  Sometimes kids have the best ideas!  When I wanted to buy the most inexpensive composition notebooks for school (the type with almost no color), she didn’t let that stop her from turning a drab notebook into a fab design!  All she needed was a few sharpies.

Drab notebook + Sharpie Markers and Imagination = A Fab Notebook Makeover! {Project idea from my kiddo!}

We’ve had some crazy and sad things happening at our house this week, so rather than share something new today, I’m taking some time with my family and re-sharing a back-to-school idea from my very first blogging days.  I’ve spruced up the post and the pictures just for you!  This idea was originally posted August 7, 2012.

Back-to-School Composition Notebook Makeover

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When we went shopping for school supplies, Boo commented that the color/pattern choices were pretty boring this year.  I agreed, and she came up with this fun solution.  All she needed was her composition notebook, some brightly colored Sharpie markers, and her imagination.

This is the easiest project ever, and any kid that you trust with a permanent marker can do it.

Start with a boring notebook.  Do you like ours?  Not bad, but it needs a little zing, don’t you think?

Turn drab into fab with a Composition Notebook Makeover! {Project created by my kid for kids!}

Grab some colored permanent markers and cover up all the white space.  Boo went with stripes, but she could have shaped flowers, boxes, a rainbow . . . you name it!

Turn drab into fab with a Composition Notebook Makeover! {Project created by my kid for kids!}

What would you do with your notebook?  (And I know you grownups are dying to try it, too!  I was bummed that I didn’t have one of my own to color!)  I’ve seen a black-and-white chevron design on a composition book.  Wouldn’t that be cute in color?

Drab notebook + Sharpie Markers and Imagination = A Fab Notebook Makeover! {Project idea from my kiddo!}

(It’s really difficult to take pictures of a shiny book and make them look right.  The book looks a lot cuter than it turned out in the pictures.  Promise.)

Drab notebook + Sharpie Markers and Imagination = A Fab Notebook Makeover! {Project idea from my kiddo!}

Thanks for stopping by today.  What are you doing to get your kids ready for school?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments.  I hope you’ll stick around and check out some other ideas while you are here, too!  Images below are linked.

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  1. What an easy and cute idea! Definitely one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” projects. Thanks for linking up this week to Gettin’ Krafty With It!

  2. Haha, so cute! We definitely used to do that to our notebooks back in high school, but she’s clearly way ahead of the curve! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  3. That looks like fun!!!!! Really cute!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  4. That’s a great way for kids to be creative and have some fun with something so ordinary to make it special!

  5. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Fun way to get excited about heading back to school!

  6. nice!!

  7. Cute idea!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight.

    Thanks, Nichi

  8. What a super cute idea!!! Absolutely must help my granddaughter jazz up hers!! Thanks for sharing….I think I’ll share it on my youth ministry’s page so other parents can join in the fun!!!
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  9. Great idea! And the fact that little Boo came up with it makes it even more special. Tell her I said she did an awesome job!
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  10. What a fun and easy idea and I think the kids love it even more when it was their own idea!
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  11. How fun to personalize a notebook for school. So much better than the generic one everyone in class will have…..!! Woot-woot! :)
    xox, Crystelle
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  12. Such an easy and simple idea! LOVE it!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!
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  13. Great way to personalize! Thank you for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest board.
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