Monday, August 22, 2011

$0.40 or $2.49?

Shopping for school supplies always give me a bit of anxiety.  Having 4 school age children gets expensive really fast.  This year is better because we are homeschooling and using a program called Harmony that is paying for all the kids curriculum but the notebooks, pen, paper, erasers......  all start to ad up.

I needed to buy 3 composition books for both of the girls and fell in love with some very cute patterned ones but was shocked at the price difference.  I could by a plain one for 0.40 or I could get the girls pretty floral or stripe ones for $2.49 each. Quickly doing the math I found that it would cost me $12 more just for pretty notebooks.  Sadly I realized that cuteness was completely out of my budget.  I bought the plain ones.

It wasn't until days later that I came up with a solution.  Scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.

I cut the paper to fit the front and back covers, added a bit of accent paper on the edge and used the Mod Podge to put it all together.  Allison and Kathryn did most of the gluing work with me just supervising.  Not only did I save $12 but my girls are so proud to have cute notebooks and we spent meaningful time together doing a useful craft.


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  1. Those are adorable. I just did something similar for my kids, I added their names as well since they're so successful in losing things.

  2. I've so been planning on doing this for myself. Thanks for sharing! - Jess (at) OlyMomma

  3. Love it!

    I'd love for you to link up to our Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings party going on now. It's a blog hop specifically for kids and teens related "stuff", so your post would be perfect!


  4. Love personalizing stuff! Great job! Thanks again for linking up!


  5. So cute! I did this using genealogy themed scrapbook paper & gave them to family members last Thanksgiving. It was a wonderful way to chase our history & get everyone involved. It was such fun!

  6. Great idea! Thanks for sharing :-0)

  7. Yes, I totally do this too for journaling! Someone bought me a cute journal at Barnes and Noble that was essentially a covered composition book but they charged about $10! Crazy. I know the fold drives some people crazy, but i prefer it journals.

  8. Thanks for the fabulous idea, I love this!

  9. Love this idea! I would love for you to share it on my link party this Friday at