If your kids want notebooks that feature pictures of their favorite stars or colorful designs but you would rather buy the plain ones that go on sale for pennies, the ideas here might be a great way you can compromise. You can send your kids back-to-school with spectacular notebooks, and you can save some money at the same time.
Learn how easy it is to decorate notebooks so they look like they cost a fortune.
1 – Blue Jean Notebook at Planet Forward
2 – Book Blankets at Spoonful
3 – Button Embellished Notebook at Vitamin C
4 – Candy Wrapper Notebook at Lovelyish
5 – Decorate Your Notebook with Nail Polish at Morgan’s Blog
6 – Decorated Notebook with Ribbon Pen Holder at Little Birdie Secrets
7 – Die-Cut Decorated Notebook at Etcetorize
8 – Duct Tape Notebook Craft at About Family Crafts
9 – Fabric Covered Notebook at Family Crafts
10 – Felt Monogram Notebook at Everything Etsy
11 – I am Word Collage Notebook at Silly Pea
12 – Iris Folded Book Covers at Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom
13 – Mosaic Squares Notebook at Artists Helping Kids
14 – Neon Confetti Notebook at Madigan Made
15 – Patchwork 3-Ring Binder at Activity Village
16 – Triangle Collage Notebook at Pie in the Sky
17 – Washi Tape Notebook at A.C. Moore
18 – Woven Map Notebook Cover at Ruby Murray’s Musings
Use these ideas as inspiration to create your own custom notebooks, and then make sure you share a picture or link with us.
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Pick from your options. Basically there's 3 options: 1 big binder (3 inch) for everything, a bunch of little binders, (1 inch or half inch, 1 for each class) or 3 or 4 medium sized-binders (1 and a half to 2 inches). Some people like to carry around a small binder at school and transfer their old work to a bigger binder at home(3inch). Then their bag won't be too heavy with the extra weight from textbooks and notebooks. Pick whichever one your school allows/you want.
Buy a good quality binder. Your binder is something you want to last through the whole year and some of the binders available definitely will not. Remember that sometimes it is worth the extra couple of dollars to get a long lasting binder.
Buy dividers. You must have dividers. Preferably with pockets, so you don't need folders. They're not expensive, depending on how many you buy. They usually come in packs of 5 and 8. Get dividers with pockets. Select plastic or laminated paper dividers as plain paper ones may get ripped or crinkled more easily.
Clearly label each divider with whatever subject/class you want. It's helpful to have the dividers in order of your classes. i.e. If math is your first class, then your first divider would be math.
Have something to take notes on/in. Notes are an important part of getting into higher grades. The older you get, the more notes you'll take, so have a spiral or some paper to take notes. (If your school doesn't allow spirals, because some don't, get a composition book and put it in the pocket of that subject's divider.
Keep lined paper. Your pencil bag, and your planner/agenda at the front of your binder, because these are important materials that you use most often. Keep your schedule in a page protector at the front, or slip it in the clear front of your binder.
Keep your binder in order either from the order of your classes, or by color, etc. If you keep your binder in order either by color or by classes or any other method, you will have no trouble whatsoever during the school year. It'll be so much easier to find your papers!
Try keeping a binder for each class. Some classes require a binder specifically for their subject.
Have dividers for each subject. Organize your work and notes into categories such as notes, grades, homework, assignments.
Try color-coding your subjects. For example: let's say science is blue. You'd get a blue half-inch binder, blue dividers (if you can, because most dividers come multicolored), a blue folder, blue highlighter- whatever else you need for science would be blue. Everything. So if you you're trying to pack for science, in your locker you'd see a blue binder and folder- you'd know immediately that's science.
Try to keep everything you might need inside your binder. For some subjects you need specific things and it is easier to keep that object in your binder. Another thing which is really useful is an insertable binder hole punch which will ensure you place all your papers in WHEN you get them. If you don't do this then your binder won't be as organised.