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Sunday, August 19, 2012

DIY: Altered Notebook with Mini File Folders

This altered notebook is for my daughter. 
School is right around the corner and I 
thought it would be  cute for her to have 
a notebook that she could use for friends 
phone number and addresses 
but was also big enough for her doodles and 
all the fun things that her and her friends do together.
As a tween they love to write everything
down from favorite teachers
to favorite outfits...and perhaps some 
not so favorite things too!

The free file this week from Silhouette was a file folder. How perfect!
I re-sized it to my preference and cut them 
out on patterned scrapbook paper.
I picked up a notebook at the Dollar Store.

Here are the mini file folders in
comparison to my hand, so cute!

I covered the notebook with scrapbook paper and added
a scalloped boarder to the top and bottom.
I cut a label also with the Silhouette, I left it blank so
my daughter could personalize it herself. 

I glued the mini file folders on the pages, about every 8 
pages or so. She can keep things that they make
during recess or little trinkets in them.

I covered the back of the notebook as well.

This is a quick and easy project that you can 
do with your daughter or her & her 
friends can do together!

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At August 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM , Blogger Mary Beth said...

Very cute!

At August 19, 2012 at 9:50 PM , Blogger Donna Wilkes said...

Came over from Charmer. I would love this for a journal - i always need little folders or pockets to keep extras in! Your daughter is going to love this!

Distressed Donna Down Home

At August 20, 2012 at 3:04 AM , Blogger annies home said...

these are adorable. I would love to have you come see what we shared at

At August 20, 2012 at 10:42 AM , Anonymous cathy@my1929charmer said...

These are adorable, and my granddaughter will love the ones I make for her! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

At August 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM , Blogger Kathy Penney said...

So cute! I would have loved this as a tween (long ago!) and I have a niece turning 13 this year so am thinking this would be a great gift for her! Kathy Penney @ Pinner Takes All

At August 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

very cute, I love to make these!

At August 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Love it! YOu can never have too many cutesy notebooks! I would love for you to come join my Get Social party. You can link up your homepage and promote your awesome blog!

At August 20, 2012 at 7:38 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Great patterns!

At August 20, 2012 at 8:30 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Mary Beth!

At August 20, 2012 at 8:31 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Yes, she sure did...thanks for popping by!

At August 20, 2012 at 8:59 PM , Blogger JOY 2 JOURNEY said...

Such a cute idea! Thank you for sharing at The "Sunday Stop"!

At August 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM , Blogger Unknown said...


At August 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Cathy!

At August 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Kathy!

At August 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Kristy!

At August 20, 2012 at 9:15 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I have linked up!

At August 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM , Blogger Claire @ a little something in the meantime . . . said...

What a sweet idea for your daughter, Sarah! I bet she loved it and I've taught a lot of little girls that would love something like this, too! When does school start in your province? Ontario goes back September 4th.

I used the free file folder shape to create something last week too and would love for you to check it out if you get the chance.

Take care!

At August 21, 2012 at 10:50 PM , Blogger Full Circle Creations said...

I love it! And I want one! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


At August 22, 2012 at 2:05 AM , Blogger Emily Thompson said...

I love it! How fun to take to school! And this is something you could do for boys too, I'm always looking for boy crafts :o) Just need some sports paper. I came over from the JAQ link up. Would like to invite you over to my craft/recipe party going on now. I've been hosting recipes for over a year and crafts for just a few weeks, so we are gathering momentum, would love to have you a part of it!

At August 22, 2012 at 6:08 AM , Blogger Terriea Kwong said...

Pretty and cute things that little ones will surely love.

At August 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM , Blogger Adorned From Above said...

This is so cute. I want to make one, I would use it all of the time. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above

At August 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM , Blogger Meg said...

What a great idea! I'll bet your daughter loves it!

Thanks for sharing on the All Star Block Party!

At August 22, 2012 at 1:07 PM , Blogger Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Another pretty notebook just in time for Back to School! Thank you for posting on Handyman, Crafty Woman's Wicked Awesome Wednesday! Check out the first link on this week's Wicked Awesome Wednesday for another notebook idea at Boulevard de L'antique.

At August 23, 2012 at 2:51 AM , Blogger Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Your daughter will love it. I have worked with young girls 8-11 years old in my church for 3 years. We have done books similar to this and they love them. Have not added the pocket file before. I think that is a very fun addition. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

At August 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Very cute - your daughter's friends will all want one now too.

At August 23, 2012 at 2:12 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

How fun and what a great alternative to those expensive "designer" spiral notebooks. Thanks for sharing!

At August 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM , Blogger Dawn Woods said...

What a fantastic idea the little folder wallets are. I love note books, I am a real stationary-aholic LOL

At August 23, 2012 at 9:07 PM , Blogger Michelle Day said...

Super cute! I bet your daughter love it. My daughter is 18 and starting college next week but was STILL excited about shopping for school supplies the other day. I don't think they ever grow out of wanted notebooks and binders to doodle on. I too love office supplies. Maybe it's just a girl thing. lol Thanks for sharing.

At August 23, 2012 at 10:32 PM , Blogger Brenda Pruitt said...

Very cute! Young girls should love these.

At August 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM , Blogger Julie said...

You've made this plain little notebook into a lovely item. This project would be great for making homemade gifts! Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays. :)

At August 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM , Blogger Adorned From Above said...

Hi Sarah,
You have already been to my blog this morning, but I just wanted to let you know personally that I have featured you in today's post. I love what you did with that spiral notebook. It is so cute, and I use notebooks and mole skins for all of my notes on upcoming post. I have been covering with fabric, but I think I am going to try this, because it is so cute. I love your blog, and link with your party every week.
Have a great weekend!!!
Debi @ Adorned From Above
Link to post

At August 24, 2012 at 12:34 PM , Blogger said...

Beautiful job. I love these notebooks. Thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend! I hope you have a great weekend.

At August 24, 2012 at 3:37 PM , Blogger Meredith @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home said...

So cute! I love that you added the mini file folders too :)
Thanks for linking up with Keep Calm & Link Up! We're thrilled you joined us and can't wait to see what you have in store next week!

At August 24, 2012 at 9:59 PM , Blogger Earning-My-Cape said...

That is so cool! What a great idea!
Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

At August 25, 2012 at 2:06 PM , Blogger Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

What a wonderful notebook. I'm sure your daughter will love filling it up.

At August 26, 2012 at 12:40 AM , Blogger Rachel said...

My daughter is the perfect age for this too! Super cute! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

At August 26, 2012 at 6:29 PM , Blogger Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a sweet craft idea!

At August 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM , Blogger Jocelyn said...

Those little file folders are simple adorable!! What a fun notebook for her to keep track of all the little things!!!

At August 27, 2012 at 10:47 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Thanks for linking up to our Pretty Things party. Hope to see you back next week!

At August 29, 2012 at 1:52 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

This turned out cute!! I really love it!

Thanks for sharing at our Weekend Wonders party! Hope to see you back tomorrow!

At August 29, 2012 at 4:13 PM , Blogger Adorned From Above said...

Hi Sarah,
Again, these are so cute. I can't wait for me to have time to make one for myself. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
Hope to see you there.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above

At August 30, 2012 at 6:50 AM , Blogger Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

That's very cute. Thanks for linking to Shabbilicious Friday this week.

At August 30, 2012 at 10:45 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

That is darling, Sarah! Love those mini file folders. Thanks for sharing! Your daughter is lucky to have a crafty mama. xo Jami

At September 10, 2012 at 2:22 AM , Blogger Madison said...

Ohhh, this is SOO cute! What did you use to adhere the file folder to the cover of the notebook? I've tried to do something similar, but none of the glues I've tried have worked. I might try egg yolk (believe it or not, egg yolk is the best glue out there!). :D


At September 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Cute!! My daughter would love to make one of these. Thanks so much for linking up with Making Space Mondays! Please come back and link up again soon--the current linky party will be open all through September to give us more moving time. Feel free to link up as many posts as you want about making your spaces better. Thanks again. -Tabitha


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