Recipes, A Different Type of Composition for the Book

Altered Composition Book

Altered Composition Book

This is one of my favorite altered composition books. The scrapbook paper is perfect for a recipe book. Curls and I featured our Altered Composition Book tutorial on our Aug 6, 2012 blog.

Because I often change recipes into different sizes, since there is just two of us at home now, I used one of my large recipe cards to add handy measurements to the front.

What’s inside you ask? A lot of different recipes I find online to try. This is an eco-friendly way to collect recipes. I’ve done away with all of the printing, saving both paper and ink. If I find that we don’t like a recipe, I just write a big “YUCK” and draw a “x” through it. I’ll also paste another recipe on top which I’ve cut from a magazine. I do have two arrow tags marking my much used Everything Granola and Cheesy Garlic Biscuits recipes. The biscuits are an American biscuit, so don’t think sweet treat.

QThanks for stopping by. Go be crafty and alter a composition book.

Do You Measure Up?

–  While going through my knitting magazines, I came across this article about measurements,  “DESIGN Guidelines for your Sweater Patterns,” by Susan Lazear. It was published in IN Knitters Magazine, Spring 2005. I thought not only is a knitted swatch important, but so are your measurement. So Q and I “measured up.” We helped each other with the hardest areas on ourself to reach.

When you look at a pattern Susan Lazear tells us there are several “Key Points on a Garment” you will find. Here are her key points:

1. Upper Shoulder Point – This point is where the garment hangs each side of the neck.

2. Shoulder Width Point – Make sure when measuring the shoulder  you are not “falling over the cliff.”  Your sleeves need to have a place to hang from. Be sure to measure your front and back shoulder widths. The front width is usually one inch smaller. Most yarns are giving, so you can use the same measurement for both front and back when making or adjusting a pattern.

3. Garment Width – This is the largest measurement for your hips, waist or bust. Take the largest measurement and divided it in half. This becomes the width measurement for the garment. If you want the front left or right measurement, you divided it in half again. Note: If you are making a waist length garment, you would you your measurements for you bust or waist.

4. Armhole Depth – Measure from the top of the shoulder to under your arm. I measured from the back and added one inch to the measurement to give me some room.

5. Garment Length – Measure down from you neck point and let the tape hang. Also, measure from the front and let the tape hang to see which length you want the garment to hang to. Be sure not to have your garment end at place you do not want peoples eyes to drawn to.

Q and I put our measurements on the first page of the composition books we designed for our knitting thoughts and ideas. To make your own composition book see our blog on “Altered Composition Book.” 🙂

~This is why my measuring tape didn’t make it back to my knitting accessories’ holder.

Altered Composition Book

working (1 of 1)

q8~We LOVE journals. I have altered the covers to sketchbooks, but I have been wanting to cover a graph-grid composition book. Now is the time to purchase them, the regular composition books are about 25 cents at discount stores and the graph-grid books are $1 at Staples. I really have to cover it!

I love lists and how perfect to have a covered composition book for each hobby. 😎 This one will be for my knitting notes. I purchased the paper supplies at Michael’s. Each book will be about $5. A great gift idea. This is the project I brought to Curl’s for the Chick’s Only days. Totally surprised her. Look how much fun she’s having.


  • Composition Notebook
  • Scrapbook paper – I used the heavier paper
  • Mod Podge – or any glue
  • Paper Trimmer
  • X-Acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ribbon
  • Decorative elements
  • Ephemera

Here are the composition books and materials.

These are the incredibly wonderful altered composition books. Instructions follow the examples.

This is Curl’s:

This is Q’s. I actually knit the sample on the toothpicks it’s glued to. 😎 Also, the letters were cut from letter paper and glued to chip board to give a 3-D effect. That’s a list of objects I want “To Knit” on the left rectangle and “Terms” for knitting on the right rectangle. There are a few stitches I use so infrequently that I always have to look them up. Now I don’t. 😎


Step 1: First decide whether or not you want to wrap the paper around the edges or not. If you don’t want to wrap the edges, glue the paper to the top and use an X-acto to trim close to the book. I want a more finished look so I  measured the size of the book added a 1/2  inch to top, bottom and edge so I could wrap. Next time, I think I’ll use 1″ – I think 1/2″ was too skimpy.

Step 2: Glue the paper to the top of the book. We used Mod Podge on the book and the paper.

Use a folding bone to make sure paper is flat and “squeeze” out all of the air.

Step 3: Trim the curved edges of the book. (NOTE: Curls wanted squared corners so she skipped this step. See her corners in her example above.)

Step 4: Fold the paper to the inside of the book using the bone tool to get a crisp fold. This is what the inside looks like.

Step 5: Place waxed paper or aluminum paper between inside cover and 1st page. Then place “weights” on the book until the glue dries. Our composition book has a slick inside cover, we did this to make sure the glue stuck.

Step 6: Cut paper for the inside cover, the front endpaper, make sure it is large enough to cover the decorative cover paper. I used a light-colored paper so I could add a bookplate. Again, place under “weights” until endpaper is dry. After the glue has dried, repeat Steps 1 – 6 with the back cover.

Step 7: Measure out a 2.5 inch x book length” strip in an accent paper to cover your book’s binding. In order to help with the folding, place the paper along the binding and pre-fold. Make sure the binding slightly overlaps the decorative papers on both covers, close the book, and then glue binding. Put waxed paper or aluminum foil around the binding and place under “weights” until dry.

Step 8: To hide the seam between the binding and top paper use some coordinating ribbon. Measure the distance from inside the cover, around the book, and back to the starting point. Using glue tape, attach the ribbon.

Step 9: After all of the glue is dry embellish it with ephemera, stamps, etc. See our finished examples above.

Isn’t it amazing, we started with the same material, but our books look so different! Both are wonderful! Q wants hers for knitting and Curls want hers for general purpose. Make one, it’s fun and easy! Please share!

Fun Times At Curls!

~Barb is supposed to be a part-time, substitute, mail carrier, but during the summer she has to cover for people on vacation so she works A LOT! This means we don’t get a chance to get together a heck of a lot. The same thing happens from Thanksgiving through Christmas.

Hurray! She was off on Wednesday so I went up and spent Tuesday and Wednesday night with her. We had a blast!

When I got up to her place Tuesday afternoon, we had a wonderful walk around looking at flowers, birds, butterflies, etc. Took pictures of butterflies and flowers. Some of the flower pictures have already been posted.

I brought up a surprise craft project for us to do and she had a surprise project too!

This is how we started Wednesday morning; tea, cherries, and birds! Beautiful, clear morning. The bevy of quail were having a grand time running all over. The mockingbirds were engorging themselves on Barb’s berries. I am so thankful that All She Wants To Do blogged about the Peterson Bird app sale. I’d been wanting it and $.99 was quite a deal. Whipped out the iPhone and turned on the app to check out several bird calls. It was so funny to hear the Gambel’s Quail call back when we played their audio. Tried to get the Kestrel to come back by for a visit and kept playing it’s call, alas, it was to no avail. Saw a new bird for my life list – a Canyon Wren. This beautiful song was floating down to us from the roof top right above, when we glanced up there was this small bird with a long beak. The Jimmy Durante of birds! It then flew to the rocks below putting on quite a show by climbing all over the rocks. Finally there was such a large ridicule of mockingbirds that all of the smaller birds were scared off.

After a few hours the sun was high, the birds were gone so we decided it was time for breakfast. Barb whipped up a special, delicious Breakfast Sandwich.

Barb’s Delicious Breakfast Sandwich

Whole Grain Bread – toasted
Cooked egg – break into hot pan, after the white is a bit solid, puncture the yolk so it spreads out and cooks.
Slice of cheese – Barb used American.
*Peach butter – Barb’s home-made

Toast the bread, top with the cheese slice, add cooked egg to the very top. Slather with Barb’s home-made Peach Butter! 😎 *You can still make the sandwich without peach butter.

I’ve been wanting to cover compositions books. That’s the project I brought up for us. This is the craft area, we pulled out Barb’s kitchen table. The table was set up so we could watch our British mysteries while working. Sent a pic to the hubs and he said it looked as if a bunch of Kindergarteners had taken up residence! We’ll have a separate blog for our altered composition books AND the crazy project Barb had us do. 😎 Staples has the graph paper composition books on sale now if you want to get one and try the instructions we’ll be posting.

Such a wonderful time! Blinked my eyes and it was Thursday time to go home. Barb had to head to work. Her husband was out of town for a few days so it was just Chick Time – no guys allowed! 😎