DIY: Altered Notebook with Mini File Folders

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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!
 DIY: Altered Notebook with Mini File Folders

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.
 DIY: Altered Notebook with Mini File Folders

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

 DIY: Altered Notebook with Mini File Folders

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. 

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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.

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I covered the back of the notebook as well.

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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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  1. Very cute!

  2. 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

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. very cute, I love to make these!

  7. 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!

  8. Great patterns!

  9. Such a cute idea! Thank you for sharing at The “Sunday Stop”!

  10. 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!

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


  12. 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!

  13. Pretty and cute things that little ones will surely love.

  14. 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

  15. What a great idea! I’ll bet your daughter loves it!

    Thanks for sharing on the All Star Block Party!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Very cute – your daughter’s friends will all want one now too.

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

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

  21. 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.

  22. Very cute! Young girls should love these.

  23. 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. :)

  24. 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

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

  26. 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!

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

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

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

  30. What a sweet craft idea!

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

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

  33. This turned out cute!! I really love it!

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

  34. 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

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

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

  37. 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


  38. 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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