DIY Personalized Notebook Organization

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This time of year holds a special place in my heart… for back to school supply shopping that is. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy going to the store and getting a new batch of pens, highlighters, binders and notebooks. I think some semesters it may have been what kept me in college! Ok, maybe not, but it was for sure something to look forward to each August and January and since I have spent a vast majority of my 29 years in school, I have come to have some preferences when it comes to back to school organization.


First things first, you have to start with quality supplies and I am a huge fan of Mead/Five Star products. They always last the whole semester or year and are the only binders and notebooks that I have found that can take a beating in the locker, backpack, and as I got further in education, the floor of my car under kids backpacks and lunch boxes. They are even starting to come in some amazing colors and patterns, but I thought it would be fun to personalize a few notebooks and a binder for my niece for her senior year. Aren’t they cute? These two have some phrases I cam up with:


They were really easy to put together, all I had to do was go pick up the notebooks (I like a mix of one subject and composition) and I also grabbed one of these great poly binders. Then I worked on creating the quote design on my cutting machine, the quote for the Mead/Five Star poly binder pictured below, I found on the facebook page of my niece, I am not going to pretend to know what it is connected to, but I think she will get a kick out of having it on a binder. I cut it out of some silver vinyl, added some transfer tape and then laid it on the poly binder. It was so easy! And it works so well with the binder that I think it is the perfect combination of personalization and durability. I also love the single subject notebooks and binders as my preferred method of organization because I can just focus on one class at a time, plus that gives me more opportunities to decorate!


Another thing I added in this poly binder were some easy DIY dividers, I always remembered making these in high school so I thought it would be fun to make a set for my niece. All I used were some plastic pages that I always have on hand, some scrapbook paper and washi tape. I cut the scrapbook paper down to 8.5×11 and popped it into the plastic page protector, you could add a cute label at this point as well. Then I used the washi tape to make an easy side table to label the section of the binder and this is great because it is a fun pattern and easy to write on. I love that you have the freedom of so many scrapbook paper options to match any style or interests!


Isn’t the finished poly binder fun?


Washi tape is also great for organizing class notes and can create quick and easy tabs for pages that may be referenced often. Just fold it over the side of the page and write a note- super easy and fun!


Another tip I have for staying organized for back to school is get your student a LARGE desk calendar. These are great because they sit on the desk and you can work right on top of them, but it is also the best way to stay organized at home. The planners in the backpack are great to have for school but important dates, tests, quizzes and special events should be transferred to a desk calendar because this will be easily seen in the bedroom while getting ready in the morning. I love this desk calendar from Mead and I also embellish with different colors of markers and washi tape to differentiate between school, event and homework, or even classes.


Like I had mentioned earlier, all this personalization is great, but you have to start with quality supplies like binders and notebooks from Mead/Five Star- I love this video to show you just how awesome these products are, it is funny too!


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10 Responses to DIY Personalized Notebook Organization

  1. stacyrisenmay August 5, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    The washi tape ideas are genius! I have been trying to get myself organized (a lifelong pursuit, right?) and this trick might work :)

    • August 5, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

      I know the feeling, it is a lifelong process I think!!

  2. amy @ one artsy mama August 5, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    SO cute, and I love love love the quote, “You are a poem that breathes!”

    • August 5, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      I totally can’t take credit for that quote! It is super cute though!

  3. Ashley Phipps (SimplyDesigning) August 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Oh my goodness! What a cute idea! Love these! I love those notebooks too :)

    • August 5, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      Thanks so much!!

  4. Carissa Bonham August 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    I love this! What a fun way to get one-of-a-kind school supplies!

    • August 5, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      Thanks! I hope my niece likes them!!

  5. Jeanie August 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    I have a “thing” for pretty notebooks, and yours are so pretty! I love how you used washi tape for the tabs!

    • August 5, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

      Thanks so much! I think it is helped by the pretty new colors the Mead/ Five Star note books come in to begin with (love that turquoise!!)