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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. [caption id="attachment_909" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Personalized Composition Book"][/caption] 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 11x17 paper to create the back and front covers. [caption id="attachment_911" align="aligncenter" width="463" caption="Back and Front cover"][/caption] 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 8.5x11 paper and attached it to the exiting cover. I trimmed the excess paper and reattached the cover. [caption id="attachment_912" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="A is for ...."][/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_917" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="The Analog Approach"][/caption] Tell me about your Back to school projects. xoxo Al

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