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Next Week’s Challenge….”Back to School”

{Courtesy of BHG}

Yep….it’s that time of year again, back to school! Instead of dreading it and moaning and groaning about it this year, we thought we’d put a fun spin on it! Next week’s challenge is all about “Back To School”…….show us how you stay organized, your creative teacher gift ideas,  crafty school supplies/crafts, etc. We can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

{Courtesy of Just a Girl}
{Courtesy of Funky Junk Interiors}

{ Fabric Covered Notebook…..courtesy of Imperfectly Beautiful}

One of my favorite things about back to school is making “happies” for our new teachers. For several years I have been making scrapbook paper covered composition notebooks. I usually pair it with a mini one for their purse and some personalized notecards. They’ve always been a big hit and I enjoy making them. But this year, I thought I’d try something a bit different. Instead of using paper, I decided to cover the books with fabric. I am loving the finished product! Let’s take a quick look at how I made these fabric covered notebooks…….

To adhere the fabric to the book and keep it from fraying when I cut it, I used Heat n’ Bond. It’s basically an iron on fusible webbing, also used for appliques.

I started by cutting a piece of fabric large enough to cover the front and back sides of the notebook.

Then I flipped it over and ironed the heat n’ bond to the back side of the fabric, per the product instructions. Once the two were adhered, this allowed me to trace my templates and cut out both pieces with no fraying.

Then I simply peeled off the protective backing, placed it right where I wanted it on the notebook, and ironed it directly to the composition book. A quick and easy project that also makes a nice personal gift!

I chose a coordinating fabric, cut a long strip, frayed the edges, and tied it around the notebook as a little embellishment. Now I want to make one for myself!

Doesn’t this make the cutest gift package? You can cover these notebooks in fabric or paper and they’re adorable either way. They are easy and inexpensive, but still personal and cute! People love ‘em and you’ll be the talk of the teachers with your swanky “Back to School” gifts!


Now, go and get your creativity flowing and come up with something spectacular to show off next week for the “Back to School” challenge. The winners from this week’s “Mod Podge” challenge will be announced Friday afternoon, along with the winner of the Plaid product prize pack!

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  1. I love that Amanda!! That little notebook would make anyone happy! So cute! I am really excited about this challenge. It will be so fun to see all of the great back to school ideas. I need some!


  2. The notebook is sooo cuuuute. My kids are too young for school, but maybe I can come up with something. :)

  3. Lindsay says:

    Those notebooks are fantastic!!! I want to make one for me :) I don’t have kids and have been out of college for 4 years now. I wonder if there’s something I can think of to participate. Should be fun trying to think of something! Thanks for the challenges. I LOVE them! :)

  4. I love love love those cute little gift sets. :)

  5. Doreen says:

    Hi Amanda,
    SO, SO Cute and practical — similar, but different, to the teacher gift ensembles I create!

  6. kate b says:

    love this and will be on lookout for bonding stuff when I go to JoAnns….I picked up 6 of the compo books for 25 cents each a few weeks back…

  7. ALERT, ladies! The link under the first notebook pic (“{ Fabric Covered Notebook…..courtesy of Imperfectly Beautiful}”) does NOT link to Amanda’s site! Check the spelling of “blogSPOT”, because what’s typed actually leads to a VERY different site. :)

  8. The VMCA says:

    That is a lovely idea! So…fess up, where can we buy ‘heat n bond’ ?

  9. Grace says:

    Hi I am searching high and low to see how this double desk was made. Is there a link to where on the BGH site this came from? Thanks and I love your ideas. as a 1st grade teacher I would LOVE one of those notebooks!

  10. Lisa says:

    Would love to know the blue paint color on the double desk wall. Thx!

  11. Courtney says:

    I’d also love the low-down on the double desks. I’ve searched BHG with every phrase I can think of & can’t come up with anything. Thanks!

  12. Dalene says:

    Would love to know more about the bookcase turned into 2 desks at the top of the page!

  13. Cheryl Balmas says:

    Found it on the BHG website but no info or plans on how to build or wall color…I’m loving those baskets but no info on those either :(

    here’s the linK

    here’s the description on the link:

    Double Take
    A two-sided desk doubles the workspace, but not the used floor space. This desk is assembled from an unfinished bookcase and a laminate-covered piece of medium-density fiberboard structured by two pairs of legs. The whole structure is just 5 feet long.

  14. Julia says:

    I found a desk someone had DIY’d that’s similar to the BHG one featured here, and the rough sketch of her plans are on the site too! Look for it at http://www.asprinkleofthis.blogspot.com – it was a january 2012 post I think.

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