Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Personalized Back to School Notebooks

Personalize your school notebooks with vinyl!

I'm back from my summer blogging break! With Stella starting Kindergarten in a few short weeks, we are in full back-to-school mode around here. We've been marking the days off on the calendar, picking out a special backpack, and making our school supply list - from boxes of crayons, to composition notebooks, to name labels to stick on everything.

Minted has the coolest custom name labels in a variety of designs and photo options and asked if I would try them out for my girls. I loved these geometric name labels so much I decided to decorate notebooks to match!

Custom kids name labels from Minted

These colorful labels designed by Olivia Raufman (all of Minted's designs are created by independent artists!) come in a range of colors and are coated so they are dishwasher-safe and waterproof. You can personalize them with your child's name and contact information and stick them on anything from a notebook, to a lunch box, to sports equipment.

Custom kids name labels from Minted!

As for the notebooks, I've always been one to add a DIY touch to my school supplies. I used to color some pretty elaborate designs on my paper bag book covers back in the day. ;) This is a modern approach to the book cover - using colorful pieces of removable vinyl! Much more fun than the typical composition notebook cover, right?

Personalize your school notebooks with vinyl!

This project doesn't require any special tools beyond vinyl and a pair of scissors, and is easy enough for young kids to do! Stella even made her own - read on for the full tutorial.

Supplies for Vinyl Decorated Notebooks

Personalize your school notebooks with vinyl!

How to Make Vinyl Decorated Notebooks

1. I covered my composition notebooks with a single piece of vinyl by tracing around the notebook cover and cutting out the vinyl to fit the front of the notebook. You'll want to choose an opaque vinyl for this so that the print on the composition notebook doesn't show through.

Personalize your school notebooks with vinyl!

2. Once you've cut out the vinyl piece, peel off the back and align it carefully onto the front cover. This part is a bit tricky - start from the top and smooth out any air bubbles as you go. I used a bone folder (a credit card would work too) to do this. If needed, you can carefully reposition the vinyl if it goes on crooked on your first attempt!

Personalize your school notebooks with vinyl!

3. Now you're ready to decorate! You can cut simple triangles like me or go nuts with any shape or design you want. If you have a Silhouette or Cricut cutting machine the options are endless! For me and my trusty scissors, triangles were the way to go. I started by cutting out similar sized strips (the gridlines on the back of the vinyl make this easy) and then I cut at an angle to make triangles.

Personalize your school notebooks with vinyl!

4. Layout your triangles in any design you want, peel of the backing, and stick in place! If you mess up, just peel off and reposition.

Personalize your school notebooks with vinyl!

I think these would be the perfect back-to-school craft to do with your child - they just take minutes to make and they'll have the coolest notebooks around!

Personalize your school notebooks with vinyl!

Stella had fun making her own and wanted to put it in her backpack right away. At least one of us is ready for Kindergarten. I'm not ready!!

This post is sponsored by Minted. All content and opinions are my own.

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