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Personalized Notebook

School-aged kids love this…who wouldn’t? And it’s a cinch to make with just a hole puncher, cardstock and of course, great graphics!

 Image - Personalized Notebook


  • 1 sheet cardstock or paper of your choice (I used 120 lb watercolor cut to 8.5 x 11 size)
  • 1 wirebound notebook
  • graphics of your choice (I used images from Calico Spring Bunnies )
  • tools needed: hole puncher, long-nosed pliers, binder clip
  • optional: laminator or laminating sheets


  1. With the pliers, straighten out both ends of the wire that binds the notebook. With a rolling motion, you will be able to remove the wire from the notebook quite easily. Tip: after straightening the wire, curve the tip so that it will go through the holes more readily.
  2. Remove the top cover of the notebook and with the binder clips, clip the remaining notebook pages, making sure that the holes line up.
  3. Measure the length and width of the cover, and, based on those measurements, design a new cover for the notebook using graphics of your choice. Print and cut to the right size. If you want to, laminate your design.
  4. Using the old cover as your guide (just put it on top of the cover you designed), punch holes on the new cover.
  5. Carefully remove the binder clips from the notebook pages and put in the new cover, again, making sure that the holes line up. Clip everything again to keep in place.
  6. With the same rolling motion, reinsert the wire into the holes. When you’re done reinserting the wire, bend the wire tips to “lock” them in place.

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