Make a Journal from Half a Composition Notebook

I have a project for you that might make a nice gift (for you or someone else!)

You know those composition notebooks that are everywhere at back to school time?  (They always have them at the dollar store too, but during back to school they are cheap at the discount stores.)

Years ago, I discovered that you can have them cut in half at most office supplies stores, for next to nothing.  You then have two notebooks for the price of one. Plus, they're such a cute size.

When decorated, these make really cute gifts.  I think a tween or teen would love this fun gratitude journal.

These would also make great planners, list books, recipe books, travel journals, baby journals, etc. (For example, you could use a vintage map or map scrapbook paper to make a travel journal, fun cooking related paper to make a recipe book, etc.  Or use plain cardstock -kraft colored, black, white, etc.-, and stamp the designs, handletter, etc.)

How to make a small journal from half a composition notebook -


  • Composition Notebook
  • Your choice of pattern paper or cardstock
  • Paper Adhesive- I use the Scotch ATG 700. (If you do a lot of papercrafting or scrapbooking, this is a great choice. I use it for scrapbooking, cards, journals, etc.)  You can also use any good, non-wrinkling craft glue or paper adhesive.
  • Circle Punches (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Craft glue or hot glue (for ribbon)
  • Black ink (optional)
  • Rubber stamps (optional)

Here's what to do:

  • Take your full size composition book(s) to an office supply store. Ask them to cut it in half. (Your cut book will measure roughly about 7.5 inches wide by about 5 inches tall.)

  • Measure the front cover of the book, and cut heavyweight pattern paper/cardstock to fit.  You can use a corner rounder for the rounded corner, or just trace around the front of the book.  Adhere the paper/cardstock onto the cover.  Repeat for the back cover.  (I didn't include the black bound edge in my front cover measurement. Instead, I cut a piece of pattern paper with larger flowers and glued it around the bound edge.  You can also just leave that edge black.)  I glued ribbon next to the edge. 

  • I punched both scalloped and regular circles and stamped my designs, before gluing them to the cover.  

  • To define the edges, I rubbed some black ink along them, which is personal preference of course!

How to make a small journal from half a composition notebook ~

Have fun with it, and I'd love to know how you would use your journal.

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  1. this is such a great idea, love it! xo

  2. This is a fantastic idea, and so cute! I'm a teacher and we use interactive notebooks to take notes, but rarely seem to use a whole page- I might have to try this at school!

    1. Thanks, Kelsey! That would be a great idea at school! My school journals always were about half a page full, now that you mention that!

  3. This would make a great back to school gift for teachers! I love all the pretty colors! Thanks for sharing with us at the Snickerdoodle Link Party - this will be one of my features this Saturday at This Autoimmune Life!

    1. That's a great idea, Roseann! Thanks so much for the feature!

  4. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

  5. Such a cool idea, Pam! Love it!

    1. Thanks, Carin! They are a lot of fun and so easy to create.


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