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Altered Notebooks

School is out and the official start of summer has arrived.  It won’t be long until the kids are off to some kind of summer camp adventure.  We know they’re going to have to write the “What I did on my Summer Vacation” paper when school resumes again so I thought having a fun place to record those special summer memories might making writing a more enjoyable chore.

I created a trio of fun camping notebooks using May Arts Burlap String (SM10) and Burlap Cord (SP10) paired with the adorable papers and embellishments from October Afternoon’s Campfire Collection. I absolutely ADORE this line of fun papers.  They’re perfect for boys or girls and creating everything from scrapbooks and cards to altered projects.

I used regular composition notebooks that I picked up at my local “W” store for $1.00 when school supplies were on sale at the beginning of school year.

I love the whimsical animals and fun sentiments.  May Arts Burlap Cord is tied into a proper camp style square knot.

The rustic texture of the burlap cord is a perfect accent to the camping theme. 

The insides are finished to match!

A small 5” x 3” spiral notebook is perfect for tucking into a pocket or backpack to write down all the sights along the hiking trails.  May Arts Burlap String, a wood button and some inked distressing add texture and interest.


You can find the tutorial and basic supply list for altering notebooks here on the May Arts Blog. 

Thanks for joining us.  Happy Summer!

Blog post by: Charlene Driggs


  1. Sue Kment

    This project could become a treasured keepsake too!

  2. Karen L K

    Very cute and a great idea!!

  3. Kristie Maynard

    Beautiful job on these project.  I love having a special journal along with me on vacations.  I always think I will remember everything, but when I write it down and then read it months or years later, I find that I have forgotten a lot of what I thought I'd never forget.  These journals will be precious when the kids are older.

  4. Susan (rainy)

    They are all so amazing!!

  5. Lucy

    Too darned cute for words!!!  😉

  6. Cynthia B.

    Cute notebooks! The OA camping line is a great choice. Love the burlap touches!

  7. Jodi WIlton

    So super cute! Love this idea!

  8. Sue D

    Love these camping theme notebooks!

  9. Indy

    These are incredible! 

  10. KimberlyMarie

    These are so cute!!

  11. Dorina D

    What a fanastic and fabulous idea for kids on summer vacation. Gotta try this for my nieces &nephews this summer. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Cresta Woodruff

    These are so fabulous! I love the OA camping papers, they are some of my very favorites. Great job!

  13. marie sierra

    wowwww! what clever projects! the comp books and note pad look great!

  14. Kelly Bertram

    those are adorable!


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