Yesterday, I started a new notebook for our finances and budget information. I keep a journal of sorts for our money and bills and needed to start a new one. I decided to try and make it more "my style" by decorating the front of the composition book. If I need to be on a budget, I might as well make it fun.
Here is what the notebook originally looked like:
I like this particular type of composition notebook because the pages are secure. I wanted to transform the cover so I went to my stash of pretty papers and gift bags for inspiration. I found several papers that I liked and a gift bag that had pretty flowers on it. I grabbed the Mod Podge and scissors and sat down to start the project. As I looked at the gift bag, I realized that it actually had a printed verse on it:
"God shall supply all of your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:19
I thought this was VERY fitting for the cover of a budget/finance notebook so I cut it out and used it. After getting the verse, background, and three flowers on the cover, I felt it just needed something else. I decided to look through magazines and cut out the letters to spell "Budget Book". I was then finished with the simple transformation.
I plan to decorate three more books in a similar way. One is going to be my gratitude journal for 2012, another is going to be my daily agenda book for 2012, and the other is going to be a prayer journal for 2012. I have about 30 of these notebooks that were only 10¢ each during a back to school sale. All of the embellishments will be from scraps of things I already have on hand.