Recently I've seen a bunch of personalized notebooks listed on some deal sites. The notebooks are pretty, but at the same time, even on sale I couldn't fathom spending $10+ on a spiral for a kid!! With school starting in less than a month for my nephews I decided to make them one each, just so they could have a "fun" workbook. They haven't received their school supply list yet, so I only made one in case their teachers didn't allow them....I remember a year or so ago when I took my oldest nephew school supply shopping and there were 3 or so composition notebooks on his list. I remember asking him which colors he wanted, and he told me it didn't matter because when he brought them in they didn't keep them, but that the notebooks went into a classroom bin that the teacher would pull out when they needed them, anything leftover would be for the teacher to keep for the following year. I guess things have definitely changed since I've been in grade school, but I don't remember anything other than tissue boxes and possibly crayons/markers/pencils going into the classroom bin!
Target was having a sale on spiral notebooks this week- the small ones were only 49 cents! I grabbed two of those, and also a larger notebook (that was on sale for a dollar!) and figured I could do something simple and fun. I ended up making my nephews with their names on it, along with some vinyl cutouts of their interests! For my oldest nephew I cut out a baseball player in vinyl, and for my younger nephew I cut out a skateboarder! With the extra notebook, I simply cut out a bird frame and along the inside flap added three tiny ladybugs "walking" along the bottom!
They turned out pretty cute, and if their teachers allow it, I may make them a few extra ones once we figure out how many they'll need this year!